Thursday, January 17, 2013

Michigan at Minnesota Breakdown & Prediction

No. 5 Michigan vs. No. 9 Minnesota
Time: 7 p.m.
Venue: Williams Arena
Records: Michigan 16-1, 3-1 Big Ten; Minnesota 15-2, 3-1
Michigan stat leaders: Points – Trey Burke (18.0 ppg); Rebounds – Mitch McGary (5.9 rpg); Assists – Burke (7.1 apg); Steals – Burke (1.2 spg).
Minnesota stat leaders: Points – Andre Hollins (14.4 ppg); Rebounds – Trevor Mbakwe (8.1 rpg); Assists – Andre Hollins (3.6 apg); Steals – Austin Hollins (2.0 spg).
Current Streaks: Michigan L1; Minnesota L1
Point Spread: Minnesota -3.5
Prediction: You would expect that Michigan learned a few lessons in last Sunday’s loss to Ohio State. The Wolverines have to show better composure in the beginning of this game and learn from what went well against the Buckeyes. Michigan was able to overcome a large deficit to Ohio State with defense and aggressive offense. If Michigan hopes to win tonight, the Wolverines need to do more of the same against the Gophers. The issue is, Minnesota is coming off a tough loss at Indiana and has been very impressive at home. Both teams need this win, but Minnesota has the home-court advantage. I think the Wolverines will play better than they did last Sunday, but they are also facing a better team. Minnesota 72, Michigan 70

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