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Minnesota Golden Gophers host Michigan Wolverines in college basketball action

Michigan WolverinesMinnesota Golden Gophers
Feb 26, 4:30 PM | Williams Arena

Michigan Wolverines vs Minnesota Golden Gophers Odds

17-12TEAM RECORD17-10

College hoops betting interest focuses on the Minnesota vs Michigan battle Saturday at Williams Arena as the Golden Gophers look to defend home court and cover the NCAAB point spread.

Minnesota will face the 17-12 Wolverines, who own a 15-8 ATS mark on the season. In totals betting, the Golden Gophers are 11-13 favoring the UNDER so far this season while the Wolverines are 14-9 favoring the OVER.

View Michigan vs Minnesota Odds and Stats.

Betting Line:
Sportsbooks had set the Golden Gophers as 5-point favorites on the opening line for this contest.

Power Rankings / Prediction:
The Golden Gophers - Wolverines odds would favor the Golden Gophers if the lines were set according to our power ranks. Minnesota is rated No. 40 in the current Odds Shark poll, while Michigan is at No. 128. Mathematical models based on recent stats and predictive formulas point to a 72-70 win for the Golden Gophers.

How They Match Up:
Rebounding is always a key handicapping consideration and Wolverines is ranked No. 298 in NCAA hoops at 32.3 per game. Contrast that with Minnesota’s No. 26 mark in the paint. When it comes to three-point shooting, Minnesota is the No. 291-ranked team in the country at 5 per game, while Michigan rates No. 37 at 7.9 per game.

Defensively, Michigan features the nation's No. 46-rated defense on the road, allowing 65.3 points per game. Minnesota, meanwhile, comes in at No. 150 nationally in scoring at home.

Michigan was a 53-52 loser in their most recent outing at home against Wisconsin. They covered the 4.5–point spread as underdogs. Michigan got 16 points from Tim Hardaway Jr. but lost anyway, 53-52, to Wisconsin on Wednesday at Crisler Arena.

Minnesota was a 53-48 loser in its last match at home against Michigan State. They failed to cover the 2.5–point spread as favorites. Minnesota got 13 points from Trevor Mbakwe but lost anyway, 53-48, to Michigan State on Tuesday at Williams Arena.

Michigan Wolverines Trends:
When playing on Saturday are 4-6
Before playing Michigan State are 5-5
After playing Wisconsin are 4-6
After a loss are 5-5

Minnesota Golden Gophers Trends:
When playing on Saturday are 6-4
Before playing Northwestern are 3-7
After playing Michigan State are 6-4
After a loss are 4-6

A few Wolverines at Golden Gophers trends to consider:
Michigan is 4-1 SU in its last 5 games when playing on the road against Minnesota
Michigan is 4-8 SU in its last 12 games when playing on the road against Minnesota
Michigan is 7-15 SU in its last 22 games on the road
The total has gone OVER in 5 of Minnesota's last 5 games when playing Michigan
Minnesota is 14-4 SU in its last 18 games at home
The total has gone UNDER in 5 of Minnesota's last 7 games
Minnesota is 8-4 SU in its last 12 games when playing at home against Michigan

Next up:
Michigan home to Michigan State, Saturday, March 5
Minnesota at Northwestern, Wednesday, March 2