Wisconsin Badgers vs Minnesota Golden Gophers Free NCAAB Pick, 2–6–2019
Wisconsin Badgers vs Minnesota Golden Gophers
NCAAB Odds: Minnesota +2.5
Time: 9:00 PM EST
Date: Wednesday, February 6, 2019
A Big 10 basketball matchup at the Williams Arena in Minneapolis, Minnesota as the Wisconsin Badgers (-2.5) faces the Minnesota Golden Gophers (+2.5). The Gophers won the last meeting on the road 59–52 on January 3rd but the Badgers have won eight of the last ten meetings between these Big 10 rivals.
Wisconsin (16–6) aims for their sixth straight victory after taking down Maryland, 69–61 last Friday. The Badgers have covered the spread in each of their last five wins and the oddsmakers have them favored on the road by -2.5 tonight. Wisconsin is 8–3 in Big 10 play this season led by Ethan Happ (18.5 points and 5.1 assists) followed by D’Mitrik Trice (13.6 PPG). The Badgers have been successful this season at dictating the pace of play, which is slow, but efficient. Wisconsin averages 72 PPG on 47% shooting and 40% from 3-point range. Defensively, the Badgers have excelled by limiting opponents to 61.5 PPG and just 39.5% from the field.
Minnesota looks to rebound from their loss to Purdue on Sunday, 73–63 but covering the +11.5 point spread. The Gophers are 2–2 SU their last four games but 4–0 ATS. At home this season, Minnesota is 12–1 but it’s been the road where they have struggled going just 1–5 away from Williams Arena. The Golden Gophers are averaging 74.4 points on offense while allowing 70.3 points per game. Amir Coffey is averaging 16.2 points and three assists while Jordan Murphy is averaging 14.9 points and 11.8 rebounds.
The Badgers are 12–3 ATS in their last 15 road games, 5–0 ATS in their last 5 vs. Big Ten and 5–0 ATS in their last 5 games overall. The Gophers are 4–0 ATS in their last 4 vs. Big Ten, 4–0 ATS in their last 4 vs. Big Ten, but just 4–13 ATS in their last 17 games following an ATS win.
There are plenty of concerns with Minnesota’s defense and their inability to defend the perimeter allowing 43.9% from the field and 34.3 from 3-point range, fitting right into Wisconsin’s game plan. I like the Badgers to avenge their loss to the Gophers last month as they appear to be clicking heading into this matchup. Wisconsin’s defense will be pivotal to their success on the road tonight and I like their intensity which is why I’ll lay the -2.5 points and back the Badgers.