Thursday, January 2, 2014
Michigan at Minnesota Breakdown & Prediction
Time: 7PM ET
Venue: Williams Arena
TV: Big Ten Network
Records: Michigan 8-4, 0-0 Big Ten; Minnesota 11-2, 0-0 Big Ten
Michigan stat leaders: Points – Nik Stauskas (18.2 ppg); Rebounds – Glenn Robinson III (5.0 rpg); Assists – Stauskas (3.3 apg); Steals – Robinson III (1.3 spg).
Minnesota stat leaders: Points – Andre Hollins (16.2 ppg); Rebounds – Elliott Eliason (8.2 rpg); Assists – Deandre Mathieu (4.8 apg); Steals – Mathieu (2.1 spg).
Current Streaks: Michigan W2, Minnesota W6
Point Spread: Minnesota -2.5
Prediction: Michigan has a pretty good challenge on the road to start conference play. The Wolverines, who are still without Mitch McGary, are facing an athletic team that has some big bodies to content with on the glass. If Michigan can shoot the ball well on the perimeter, it can win. However, relying on that is never a good thing. Minnesota has its own talented guards and Andre and Austin Hollins and Deandre Mathieu is a strong defender. I think the Wolverines have their hands full in this game and Minnesota will be carried to the win at home due to better shooting, and control of the glass. Minnesota 81, Michigan 72