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Minnesota Golden Gophers vs Badgers College Hoops Game Preview

Minnesota Golden GophersWisconsin Badgers
16-8February 13, 2014, 09:00 | Kohl Center19-5

Earning a win and covering the posted spread will be the goals for Minnesota when they take on the Wisconsin Badgers on Thursday in college hoops betting action.

The Badgers sit at 19-5 (12-11-1 ATS) on the season. By comparison, the Golden Gophers are currently 16-8 (8-11-2 ATS). Looking to wager on the totals? Wisconsin is 13-10 OU, and Minnesota is 9-11 OU.

View Minnesota Golden Gophers vs Wisconsin Badgers Odds and Stats.

Sportsbooks (including Bovada) had the Badgers installed as -9-point favorites in this particular matchup earlier in the day. Also, watch for the opening over-under value at TopBet.

It's a betting matchup between the No. 116-rated Badgers and the No. 165-ranked Golden Gophers, according to the latest pro hoops power rankings here at Odds Shark.

Last time out for Minnesota, they were a 66-60 winner as they battled Indiana at home. They covered in the match as a 4.5-point favorite. Deandre Mathieu scored 16 points leading the Golden Gophers to a 66-60 victory over Indiana at Williams Arena on Saturday.

Wisconsin was a 60-58 winner in their most recent outing at home against Michigan State. They failed to cover the 4-point spread as favorites. Wisconsin got 14 points from Nigel Hayes en route to a 60-58 victory over Michigan State on Sunday at Kohl Center.

How They Match Up:
In the paint, the rebound battle will feature Wisconsin's No. 199-rated squad against Minnesota's No. 108-rated roster. And in long-range shooting, Wisconsin rates No. 39 in the country with 7.79 per game, while their foes tonight rank No. 72 nationally with 7.12 per match.

A few Golden Gophers at Badgers trends to consider:
Minnesota is 4-8-2 ATS in its last 14 games
Minnesota is 16-8 SU in its last 24 games
Minnesota is 2-4 SU in its last 6 games
The total has gone OVER in 4 of Minnesota's last 6 games
Wisconsin is 2-6 ATS in its last 8 games
Wisconsin is 19-5 SU in its last 24 games
The total has gone UNDER in 4 of Wisconsin's last 5 games
Wisconsin is 1-5 ATS in its last 6 games at home

Next up:
Minnesota at Northwestern, Sunday, February 16th
Wisconsin at Michigan, Sunday, February 16th