Minnesota Golden Gophers vs Michigan Wolverines Prediction, 1/6/2021 College Basketball Pick, Tips and Odds
Game: Minnesota Golden Gophers vs Michigan Wolverines
Date: Wednesday, January 6, 2021
Location: Crisler Center in Ann Arbor, MI
Odds/Point Spread: Minnesota (+6)
The Michigan Wolverines (9-0) play the Minnesota Golden Gophers (10-2) at Crisler Center on Wednesday. Michigan opens this game as 6-point favorites. The total opens at 151.5.
Minnesota enters this contest with a mark of 10-2 for the season. They currently have an average of 81.6 pts per game (46th in Division 1) while hitting 42.3% from the floor. The Golden Gophers are shooting 30.9% on 3-pointers (94 of 304) and 75.5% from the charity stripe. As a unit, Minnesota is pulling in 39.8 boards per contest and has accumulated 197 dimes on the year, which ranks 12th in D-1 in terms of passing the ball. They are turning it over 11.3 times per contest and as a unit are committing 18.6 personal fouls every game. When they are on defense, the Golden Gophers are able to force 13.7 turnovers every game while drawing 23.2 personal fouls. The Golden Gophers are giving up an opponent shooting percentage of 40.1% (310 of 774) and they surrender 40.6 boards per contest as a squad. They are currently ranked 327th in college hoops in giving up assists to their opponents with 163 relinquished so far this year. They are surrendering 30.9% from beyond the arc and they are 235th in D-1 in PPG allowed (72.5).
The Minnesota Golden Gophers took the court against the Ohio State Buckeyes and notched a win by a score of 77-60 in their last game. Minnesota finished the contest with a 43.6% field goal percentage (24 out of 55) and made 9 of their 22 shots from beyond the perimeter. From the free throw line, the Golden Gophers made 20 of their 29 tries for a percentage of 69.0%. Regarding rebounding, they collected a total of 38 with 9 of them being on the offensive end. They also doled out 15 assists in the game in addition to earning 5 steals and 6 blocked shots. When discussing defending, Minnesota allowed 43.6% from the floor on 24 out of 55 shooting. Ohio State recorded 11 dimes and had 2 steals for this game. In addition, the Buckeyes had 32 boards (10 offensive, 22 defensive) and earned 6 rejections. Ohio State ended up going 71.4% at the charity stripe by knocking down 15 of their 21 tries. They knocked down 7 of their 27 tries from beyond the arc.
Liam Robbins is someone who was a major contributor in this matchup. He notched 27 points on 7 out of 13 shooting. He was on the hardwood for 36 mins played and also grabbed 14 rebounds. Robbins walked away from this one shooting 53.8% from the floor and distributed 4 assists. An additional guy that was a major contributor in the matchup for the Golden Gophers was Marcus Carr. He collected 6 boards and accounted for 3 dimes. He finished shooting 25.0% from the floor in this contest by shooting 3-of-12 (15 points). Overall, Carr played for 38 minutes.
Michigan has a mark of 9-0 on the year. When it comes to executing on offense, the Wolverines are connecting on 52.0% from the floor, which is ranked 24th in the country. Michigan has accumulated 743 pts so far this year (82.6 per contest) and they average 39.9 boards per game. Their rate of earning assists is at 18.1 times per game (27th in the nation) and they turn the ball over 12.9 times per contest. The Wolverines are responsible for committing 15.3 fouls per game and they shoot 77.6% from the charity stripe. The Wolverines defensively are ranked 144th in college basketball in PPG surrendered with 68.1. They have forced 10.7 TO's per game and allow teams to shoot 38.1% from the floor (24th in college basketball). The Michigan defense gives up 36.1% from downtown (73 of 202) and their opposition knocks down 76.3% of their shots from the charity stripe. They have given up 10.1 dimes and 29.9 boards every game, which has them ranked 29th and 27th in Division 1.
When they last stepped on the court, the Michigan Wolverines got the victory with a final of 85-66 against the Northwestern Wildcats. The Wolverines earned 29 defensive boards and 12 offensive rebounds totaling 41 in this game. They also turned away 8 shots while earning 4 steals for this game. The Wildcats had 14 personal fouls in the game which got the Wolverines to the free throw line for a total of 14 attempts. They were able to knock down 9 of those for a rate of 64.3%. In the matter of 3-point shots, Michigan buried 12 of their 27 attempts (44.4%). When the final whistle blew, the Wolverines walked away from this one shooting 32 out of 64 from the field which gave them a shooting percentage of 50.0%. The Wolverines permitted the Wildcats to make 26 of their 63 attempts from the floor which had them shooting 41.3% in this matchup. They finished the game shooting 27.8% from behind the 3-point line by hitting 5 out of 18 and walked away from this one shooting 9 of 12 at the free throw line (75.0%). In regard to how they attacked the glass, Michigan permitted Northwestern to grab 26 in total (5 offensive).
Hunter Dickinson ended up having an impact for the Wolverines for the game. He converted 8 of 12 in this contest giving him a rate of 66.7%, which got him 19 points. Dickinson snagged 3 rebounds in his 27 minutes played and accounted for 2 assists in the game. An additional guy who was a determining factor for Michigan was Eli Brooks. He left the arena with 14 points in his 30 minutes on the hardwood by going 5 of 9 shooting in this game. Brooks ended the game having shot 55.6% from the field while contributing 5 assists and 5 boards.
Who will win tonight's college basketball game against the spread?
Tony Sink's Pick: Take Minnesota (+6)
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