College Basketball Betting Preview: Michigan Wolverines vs. Minnesota Golden Gophers – Saturday, Jan. 16, 2021

The Michigan Wolverines will take to the road on Saturday to challenge the Minnesota Golden Gophers in a Big Ten conference showdown between two tournament hopefuls. Michigan enters the game with a perfect 11-0 record while the Gophers boast a 10-4 record.

The game is scheduled to tip 2:00 pm EST during the Saturday slate

Michigan looking to continue dominance

The Wolverines find themselves as a top five team after an incredible dismantling of Wisconsin earlier in the week. That said, is a let down in the works? The short answer is no as the Wolverines are not only a good team but an experienced team. Led by graduate transfer Mike Smith and upperclassman Isaiah Livers, this team is built for continued success.

The fact that the Wolverines just torched the Golden Gophers by 25 points less than two weeks ago should not be cast aside. Freshman center Hunter Dickinson lit up Liam Robbins to the tune of 28 points and 8 rips while the Wolverines managed a ridiculous 1.21 points per possession.

Michigan is an impressive 9-2 against the spread on the season and 2-0 ATS at home. The Wolverines have hit the over in six of their eleven games this season.

Minnesota looking trip up the nation

There are two different animals in the world. One is the Minnesota basketball team on the road and the other is that same team at home. Minnesota is an impressive 63-17 straight up at home in the last five seasons but is just 8-10 straight up against top 25 teams at home over the last five seasons.

Point guard Marcus Carr has struggled over his last five games, shooting just 32% from the field while averaging just 14.2 points per game. If the Gophers are to have any chance against the Wolverines, Marcus Carr needs to find his way.

The total has gone under in each of the Gophers last five games. On the season, they are just 6-7-1agains the spread but are 6-3-1 ATS at home. In ten home games the Gophers total has gone over six times.

Michigan (-6) at Minnesota

Total: 147.5 points

Bovada has Michigan as a six point favorite on the road while the total is set to 147.5 points. The Wolverines are set on the moneyline at -250 while Minnesota is +210 to win the game outright.

The Pick

The easiest way to bet on this game is Michigan moneyline. That said, Minnesota is a completely different team while at home. After a huge win against Wisconsin, the practical advice would be to stay away from Michigan on the road against a historically strong home group.

That said, Michigan appears to be on of the top five teams in the nation and looking at them to cover six points after they just handed a top ten team a 20 plus point beat down seems like easy money. Believe in let downs, believe in Minnesota at home. Michigan wins, the Gophers cover.

Spooky Express Free Betting Pick: Take the under 147.5

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