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Michigan Minnesota Betting Tips – Wolverines And Golden Gophers Face Massive Moment

Posted by Washington Tucker on 1/15/2013 6:23:27 PM

The Michigan Wolverines and Minnesota Golden Gophers will contend for the Big Ten championship this season. Their meeting on Thursday night will draw a lot of national attention.

Michigan Wolverines @ Minnesota Golden Gophers – Thursday, January 17
Betting line: No line

Why Michigan Will Win

Legal online sports betting analysts will favor Michigan for these reasons: First, the Wolverines are coached by John Beilein, one of the best tacticians in the sport and a man who has transformed the nature of the program. Michigan was a borderline NCAA tournament team, one that missed the Big Dance more often than not, when Beilein came aboard. Last season, the Wolverines were a No. 4 seed and finished in the top four of the Big Ten.

This season, they've lost only one game and were the last unbeaten team in Division I. Beilein is seen as a coach who makes the most out of the talent at his disposal. The feeling pervading the college basketball industry was that if Beilein ever got his hands on elite players, Michigan would dominate. That sentiment has been validated to a certain extent this season. It speaks well of a team when it doesn’t stumble until Jan. 13, and against a quality team such as Ohio State at that. Moreover, Michigan lost to Ohio State on the road. This is a formidable group, one that will be hard for Minnesota to defend.

Michigan likes to shoot the three, and Indiana used the three-point shot to score 52 points against Minnesota in the first half of Saturday's 88-81 win over the Golden Gophers. Indiana hit 8 of 19 treys to beat Minnesota. Michigan can get plenty of open threes if its ball movement is crisp and its dribble penetration is effective.

Why Minnesota Will Win

When NCAA football betting gurus put aside the pigskin and turn to college basketball, they will be inclined to take Minnesota, citing these points: First of all, while Michigan can shoot the three really well, the Wolverines often fall in love with the three-point shot to the exclusion of dribble penetration or any sort of low-post offense.

Michigan stands around at times in its halfcourt sets, hoisting long shots without moving the ball or working to pry open a lane in the defense. Minnesota is a rugged rebounding team thanks to the emergence of forward Trevor Mbakwe, who missed much of last season with an injury. Mbakwe is likely to be a strong presence on the glass, making Michigan a one-and-done team if the Wolverines don't hit their first field goal attempt on a given possession.

Minnesota will also benefit a great deal from playing at home. A packed house at Williams Arena is likely to give the Golden Gophers great energy and confidence after the loss to Indiana.

Who Will Win

These are two elite teams in the nation, not just the Big Ten. Winning on the road is going to be very hard for any Big Ten team this season, as Michigan and Minnesota both learned over the past weekend. The Golden Gophers probably deserve a small edge over the Wolverines for that reason.

College Basketball Betting Pick: Minnesota

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