Minnesota Golden Gophers vs Michigan Wolverines Prediction, 12/11/2021 College Basketball Picks, Best Bets & Odds
Game: Minnesota Golden Gophers vs Michigan Wolverines
Date: Saturday, December 11, 2021
Location: Crisler Center in Ann Arbor, MI
Crisler Center is where the Michigan Wolverines (6-3) will go up against the Minnesota Golden Gophers (7-1) on Saturday.
The Minnesota Golden Gophers faced Michigan State and took a loss by a final of 75-67 in their last contest. With respect to fouls, the Golden Gophers ended up with 16 while Michigan State accounted for 12 fouls. They buried 10 out of their 21 tries from beyond the perimeter. Michigan State walked away from this one shooting 78.9% when shooting free throws by making 15 of their 19 attempts. On top of that, Michigan State collected 41 rebounds (8 offensive, 33 defensive), but didn't notch a rejection. Michigan State earned 18 assists and had 1 steal in this contest. When talking about defending, Minnesota allowed their opponent to shoot 48.1% from the field on 25 of 52 shooting. They also doled out 17 dimes in the game while forcing 13 turnovers and getting 7 steals. Regarding getting rebounds, they earned a total of 24 with 6 of them being offensive. At the free throw line, the Golden Gophers made 7 of their 9 shots for a percentage of 77.8%. Minnesota walked away from the contest having earned a 39.7% field goal percentage (27 of 68) and buried 6 of 23 shots from beyond the perimeter.
Eric Curry is a player who had an impact in the game. He ended up going 64.3% from the floor and earned 3 dimes. He played for 31 mins played and collected 5 rebounds. He ended up with 18 points on 9 of 14 shooting.
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Minnesota will take the court with a win-loss record of 7-1 for the campaign. They have an average of 70.8 points per outing (214th in the country) while connecting on 44.8% from the field. The Golden Gophers are shooting 34.9% on shots from beyond the arc (61 of 175) and 70.3% from the charity stripe. As a team, Minnesota is snagging 33.8 boards per contest and is sitting with 104 dimes for the year, which is 263rd in Division 1 in terms of passing. They lose possession via turnover 8.9 times per game and as a group they commit 13.5 fouls per game.
On the defensive end, the Golden Gophers are forcing their opponents into 13.0 turnovers every game while drawing 15.8 personal fouls. They give up 26.2% on 3-pointers and they are ranked 67th in the country in PPG from their opponents (62.8). The Golden Gophers are giving up a field goal percentage of 40.3% (192 of 477) and they concede 40.0 rebounds per game as a squad. They currently rank 62nd in the country in giving up assists to their opponents with 88 conceded on the year.
When they last stepped on the court, the Michigan Wolverines got the win with a final of 102-67 against Nebraska. The Wolverines corralled 36 defensive boards and 14 offensive rebounds totaling 50 in this contest. They also coughed it up 12 times, while earning 7 steals for the matchup. Nebraska committed 15 personal fouls for this contest which got the Wolverines to the free throw line for 12 attempts. They were able to make 9 of the free throw attempts for a percentage of 75.0%. In terms of three-point shots, Michigan buried 15 of their 32 attempts (46.9%). When the final whistle blew, the Wolverines finished shooting 39 out of 76 from the floor which gave them a percentage of 51.3%. The Wolverines permitted Nebraska to convert 23 out of 72 attempts from the field which gave them a percentage of 31.9% in the game. They wrapped up this game 14.3% from distance by shooting 5 out of 35 and finished the contest at 16 out of 21 from the free throw line (76.2%). In the matter of how they attacked the glass, Michigan allowed Nebraska to collect 36 in all (13 on the offensive glass).
Terrance Williams was important for the Wolverines in this game. He converted 9 of 12 for the matchup giving him a field goal percentage of 75.0%, and had 5 rebounds. He scored 22 points in his 22 mins on the court and had 3 dimes for this game.
Michigan has a win-loss mark of 6-3 on the season. As an offensive unit, the Wolverines are hitting on 47.0% from the field, which has them ranked 76th in the nation. Michigan has totaled 656 pts this season (72.9 per game) and they grab 39.4 boards per contest. They are dishing out assists 14.2 times per contest (133rd in Division 1) and they turn it over 14.2 times per game. The Wolverines are committing 15.0 fouls per game and they connect on 67.3% from the free throw line.
The Wolverines on defense are ranked 107th in college basketball in PPG allowed with 64.9. They are able to force 10.8 TO's every game and allow teams to shoot 38.9% from the field (47th in D-1). The Michigan defense surrenders 25.1% on 3-pointers (55 of 219) and their opponents are making 73.3% of their shots from the free throw line. They allow 9.3 dimes and 32.3 rebounds per contest, which ranks them 21st and 89th in college hoops.
Who will win tonight's NCAA basketball game against the spread?
Guy Bruhn's Pick: Take Michigan
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