The No. 13 Michigan Wolverines cashed with a 6-1 spread record in their last seven contests of the regular season, holding foes to 59.1 PPG in the span’s hot stretch. John Beilein’s squad heads to Indianapolis as the Big Ten Tournament’s No. 2 seed, opening with Friday night’s matchup against the Minnesota Golden Gophers.
Gophers survive opener
Minnesota began its postseason with Thursday’s 75-68 overtime
triumph as a 2.5 sports betting point dog against the Northwestern Wildcats. The Golden Gophers drained 11-of-26 buckets
beyond the arc, while holding Northwestern to 35.1 percent field shooting.
Gophers guard Andre Hollins notched a team-high 25 points, hitting
10-of-17 shots from the floor. Hollins’
mates Elliott Eliason and Joe Coleman united for 17 boards en route to
Minnesota sizably outrebounding the Wildcats, 41-24.
The contest’s combined 21 points in extra minutes helped ‘over’
tickets get the money, lifting the battle above the ‘total’ of 128.5. Minnesota’s Rodney Williams played a
team-high 41 minutes, logging three of his squad’s six steals en route to
finishing with 12 points.
Wolverines ‘March’ to
Michigan ended its regular season with a pair of road wins, defeating
the Illinois Fighting Illini and Penn State Nittany Lions. The Wolverines broke the 70-point mark in
both battles, with the ‘over’ going 2-0.
Wolverines guard Trey Burke piled in a combined 40 points,
connecting 10-of-11 at the foul line and 4-of-7 beyond the arc. Burke’s mate Evan Smotrycz came off the bench
for 17 points against Penn State, hitting 6-of-7 field buckets.
Michigan’s cashed NCAA Basketball betting tickets in both affairs moved Burke and Co. to a
9-5-1 ATS mark in the team’s 15 dates away from home. The Wolverines have cashed with a 7-1 spread
mark in their last eight neutral-site duels, while collecting at 24-7 ATS in
the team’s last 31 battles against Big Ten rivals.
Back the ‘under’ early
Friday’s tip is scheduled for 6:30 p.m. (ET), making it the third
quarterfinal duel of the tourney’s card. Big Ten Network will provide the national television coverage, followed
by the Ohio State Buckeyes meeting the Purdue Boilermakers in the evening’s
I am adding the ‘under’ in this matchup to my NCAA Basketball
picks, looking to be a part of the wager’s early ‘steam’ once betting numbers
are on the board. Minnesota should have
the wind out of its sails after a grueling opener, while the Wolverines have allowed
a stingy 63.9 PPG away from home.
January’s duel between these foes saw Michigan come away with a
61-56 victory, while just missing the ATS cover as a six-point home
favorite. The low-octane affair’s
combined 117 points plunged below the ‘total’ of 129, ending a 6-0 ‘over’
streak from the rivals’ prior six meetings.
Michigan was held to 38.5 percent field shooting on its floor,
while Wolverines forward Jordan Morgan grabbed 12 of his squad’s 34
boards. Minnesota’s Rodney Williams and
Austin Hollins logged two steals each, with Williams finishing 0-for-2 from
The ‘under’ is 7-3 in the Wolverines’ last 10 contests that followed a victory,
while cashing at 4-2 in the Golden Gophers’ last six spots away from home. Look for Michigan to preserve a sizable late
lead, helping ‘under’ backers collect without a late-fouling fest.