A major battle takes place in the Big Ten on the hardcourt on Thursday night when the 11-2 Minnesota Golden Gophers head to Madison to battle the Top 15 ranked and 10-3 Wisconsin Badgers. Will the Gophers do enough to upset the Badgers? Or, will Wisconsin protect hit’s home court?
Minnesota vs Wisconsin NCAAB Lines & Betting Preview
- When: Thursday, Jan. 3 at 9:00 pm ET
- Where: Kohl Center, Madison, WI
- TV: BTN
- Radio: Minnesota / Wisconsin
- Live Stream: BTN2GO
- ATS Odds: Wisconsin -9.5 (-110)
- Over/Under Total Odds: 138.5 (-110)
Why Minnesota Gophers are a good bet +9.5?
The Big Ten is ridiculously deep this season with 9 of the 14 teams with double-digits in wins and 3 losses or less. The Minnesota Gophers are one of those teams. They haven’t lost since Ohio State beat them 79-59, on Dec. 2.
Although the loss to the Buckeyes was their last road game before this, Minnesota should show up huge on Thursday night. They will have learned something after the Buckeye beat down. Wisconsin’s not the dominating team they used to be, which gives the Gophers a shot.
- Points/G: 76.2
- Field Goal %: 44
- 3-Point %: 30.6
- Free Throw %: 67.7
- Rebounds/G: 40.8
- Points/G: 68.4
- Field Goal %: 42.2
- 3-Point %: 35.3
- Free Throw %: 69.1
- Rebounds/G: 30.3
Why #23 Wisconsin Badgers are a good bet -9.5?
Wisconsin, like many teams in college basketball, have already played a tough schedule. The Badgers beat Iowa and North Carolina State. They lost to Marquette in overtime.
They also hung with one of the Top 5 teams in the nation, the Virginia Cavaliers. As a 4-point dog, Wisconsin lost by only 7, 46-53. Losing to Virginia by 7’s not that big of deal because the Cavaliers force you to play their game. Wisconsin should have no trouble handling the Gophers on Thursday night.
- Points/G: 76.5
- Field Goal %: 49.1
- 3-Point %: 39.1
- Free Throw %: 69.4
- Rebounds/G: 35.5
- Points/G: 63.2
- Field Goal %: 40.9
- 3-Point %: 30.7
- Free Throw %: 65.1
- Rebounds/G: 29.5
NCAAB Betting Trends for Minnesota vs Wisconsin
- Minnesota is 1-5 ATS in its last 6 games
- Minnesota is 5-0 SU in its last 5 games
- The total has gone UNDER in 5 of Minnesota’s last 6 games on the road
- Wisconsin is 13-6 ATS in its last 19 games
- Wisconsin is 10-3 SU in its last 13 games
- The total has gone OVER in 4 of Wisconsin’s last 5 games
Minnesota vs Wisconsin Final NCAAB Betting Analysis
Minnesota’s a decent team that comes into this hot, but the Badgers figure to ratchet up the intensity in this one. Wisconsin allows 30% from behind the three-point line. Their opponents shoot only 40% from the field.
Not only that, but Western Kentucky upset the Badgers 83-76 in Wisconsin’s last. The Badgers are too tough of a team to dwell on the loss. They’ll most likely take out their frustrations on the Gophers, who don’t show up on the road and have a terrible time against the Badgers no matter where the game takes place.
Wisconsin wins and covers.
NCAAB Betting Pick: Wisconsin -9.5