(6) Wisconsin Badgers (-6.5, 131.5 o/u) at Minnesota Golden Gophers
The No. 6 Wisconsin Badgers (26-3, 14-2 Big Ten) can clinch the Big Ten title outright when they visit the Minnesota Golden Gophers (17-12, 6-10 Big Ten) tonight at Williams Arena (7:00 p.m. Eastern).
The Badgers ended a ten-game winning streak with a loss at Maryland last week, but bounced back with a 68-61 win over the Michigan State Spartans thanks to 31 points from Frank Kaminsky. The win improved Wisconsin to 14-2 inside the Big Ten and gave them at least a share of the regular season conference title.
The Badgers end the regular season with two road games, at the Gophers tonight and then at Ohio State on the weekend.
“We’ve got two tough places that we have to head to this week coming up, so we’ll get ready for Minnesota. [They] shot lights out at Michigan State. They’re very talented,” Wisconsin coach Bo Ryan said.
The Golden Gophers snapped a three-game losing streak with a 96-90 win over the Spartans last Thursday.
“We’ve got a long way to go but that was big,” coach Richard Pitino said after beating Michigan State.
Guard Carlos Morris had 20 points off the bench for Minnesota, shooting 4/5 from three-point range. Forward Maurice Walker added 15 to go along with eight boards as the Gophers shot over 51-percent from the field.
Though Minnesota is just 6-10 in conference play, the team can improve its seeding for the Big Ten tournament with a couple wins down the stretch.
Tonight’s game will be the second of the season between the teams. On February 21, the Badgers earned a 63-53 win; Kaminsky led the way again with 21 points.
Wisconsin is a 6.5-point favorite at the moment, but the Badgers are just 1-4 SU in their last five at Minnesota.
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