#19 Wisconsin Badgers (16-6) vs. Minnesota Golden Gophers (16-6) – 9:00 PM EST, Wednesday, February 6 at Williams Arena Minneapolis, MN
Betting Line: Wisconsin-3
Over/Under: 133 at Bovada
The 19th-ranked Wisconsin will seek to continues its recent stretch of hot form when it takes on the dangerous Minnesota Golden Gophers in a fascinating NCAA match-up on Wednesday night.
After a hiccup that saw them lose four of five games, the Wisconsin Badgers have rebounded to win their last five. They have lost at home to the un-ranked Minnesota, but will look for some revenge in this match-up.
Wisconsin is sitting at 8-3 in Big 10 play, only one game back of Purdue, Michigan, and Michigan State. This is the killer part of the season for the Badgers, having to face Michigan and Michigan State in their next two games after Minnesota.
Wisconsin is led by a defense that ranks ninth in the nation in points allowed.
Minnesota is coming off a loss against a ranked Purdue team and while having the same record as Wisconsin they are 6-5 in the Big 10. Their last two losses have come facing top 25 teams and on the season, they are 2-2 facing ranked opponents with one of those wins against Wisconsin.
The Golden Gophers rank in the middle of the pack in the nation in points per game and points allowed per game. In their two losses in their last four games they faced ranked teams and only scored 57 and 63 points respectively.
This season Minnesota is 10-1 at home and Wisconsin is 5-3 on the road.
This season Gonzaga is 12-1 ATS and they have an Over/Under record of 10-11 and BYU is at 10-11 ATS with an Over/Under record of 11-10-1.
Earlier this season at Wisconsin the Golden Gophers beat the Badgers 59-52.
In the last five games between these teams the Under record is 4-1.
Wisconsin is coming off a solid home win where they beat 21st ranked Maryland 69-61. In the first half, they were outscored by five points, but woke up in the 2nd half and outscored the Terrapins 38-25. The Badgers shot the 3-pointer better in the game, had fewer turnovers (12-4), and they shot 46.9% from the floor and Maryland shot 44.6%.
Brad Davison lead the Badgers in the win over Maryland with 21 points, Ethan Happ went for a double-double with 18 points and 11 rebounds, and Allem Ford more than tripled his season average coming off the bench to chime in for 11 points. On the season Happ leads Wisconsin in scoring (18.5 ppg) and rebounding (10.3 ppg) and he is a Wooden Award candidate. He has been up and down lately and in the loss to Minnesota few games back he only had 10 points.
Minnesota was on the road in their last game and they were outscored by 11 points in the 2nd half in the 73-63 loss to 17th ranked Purdue. They only shot 42.1% from the floor and missed 14 of their 16 3-pointers while they allowed the Boilermakers to shoot 47.5%. Amir Coffee led the way with 22 points on 8/13 shooting, Daniel Oturu had 19 points on 9/15 shooting and also had nine boards, and Jordan Murphy had a double-double with 10 points and 10 rebounds.
Coffee (16.2 ppg) leads four players for the Golden Gophers averaging in double figures and Murphy is averaging a double-double for the season at 14.9 ppg and 11.8 rpg. Coffee is averaging 21 ppg in his last three games.
In the first game between these teams at Wisconsin, Minnesota held them to a FG% of only 41.7% and forced them to miss 17 of their 22 3-pointers.
Wisconsin Badgers betting trends
- 5-0 ATS in their last five games
- 12-3 ATS in their last 15 road games
- Under record of 4-0 in their last four road games
Minnesota Golden Gophers betting trends
- 4-0 ATS in their last four games
- 4-1 ATS in their last five games following a loss
- 4-0 ATS in their last four games facing a team with a winning record
- Over record of 4-1 in their last five home games
Wisconsin Badgers vs. Minnesota Golden Gophers betting prediction
Something has got to give in this game, as Wisconsin is 5-0 ATS in their last five games and Minnesota is 4-0 ATS in their last four games.
The Badgers are the much hotter team and in their five-game win streak they have beaten two ranked teams including the second-ranked Michigan.
This game will be a low-scoring one where Wisconsin will avenge their home loss to Minnesota, winning on the road and covering the spread.
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