Minnesota Golden Gophers vs. Michigan Wolverines, Big Ten Conference game. The Golden Gophers receive at home the second best of the conference with a hunger to win to reach the first place in the Big Ten. The home team knows that visitors want to win to beat Michigan State, but the last time they played against the Wolverines the game was not that difficult and they lost by only two points. The Wolverines have struggled to win on the road this season, but they still have hopes of winning this game.
Michigan Wolverines: # 7 in the national ranking.
The Wolverines have not played well on the road this season, but so far the record is positive with five wins and only three losses. In the last five games on the road, the Wolverines have two wins against Indiana 69-46 and Rutgers 77-65. The rest of the last five on the road were defeats against Wisconsin, Iowa and Penn State. The record in the conference is 12-3 and 23-3 overall, if they win today they will be the first in the Big Ten with a better overall record than Michigan State.
On the road the Wolverines are scoring an average of 67.8 points per game, 24.88 FG points, 72.1% free throw shots, 7.00 three pointers and up to 12.12 assists. The defensive on the road has been weak this season allowing up to 62.4 points, 22.75 FG points and 5.12 three pointers.
The ATS record is not the best with 4-4-0, in the last five games only two victories in the ATS with an average of -4.6 points in the spread this season. Only against Villanova in the first game on the road of the season the Wolverines were underdogs +6.0. The rest of the games the Wolverines have been favorites on the road.
Minnesota Golden Gophers: With nothing to lose.
The Golden Gophers have had a bad overall season, but at home things have been better. So far the record at home is positive with thirteen wins and only two defeats, the longest winning streak at home was eight games from the first game. 6-1 in the last seven games at home. The only two losses at home were against Maryland 82-67 and Wisconsin 51-56. The overall record is 17-9 and in the conference it is negative with 7-8.
At home the Golden Gophers are scoring an average of 79.5 points, 27.60 FG points, 70.3% free throw shots, 6.00 three pointers and 18.60 assists. The home defense plays well allowing only 69.5 points per game, 24.73 FG points and 6.87 three pointers.
The ATS record is 7-7-0 at home, the problem for the Golden Gophers has been not being able to score enough points to win the games hard. The team had a good winning streak of eight wins, but could barely complete half of the point spreads in that winning streak. The average points are -8.5 in the spread this season.
My Free Pick & Prediction for Minnesota Golden Gophers vs. Michigan Wolverines 02/21/2019 is: take the Michigan Wolverines -5.0 (Point Spread).
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