Tom Stryker’s Free Basketball Play January 16th


#646 MINNESOTA (+6) over Michigan at 2 PM EST
Off back-to-back SU road losses at Michigan and Iowa and with six days to prepare, Minnesota will be primed and ready to pull off this upset on Saturday afternoon. The Wolverines make the trek to the Twin Cities with a shiny 11-0 SU and 9-2 ATS record and the Maize and Blue are going to have their hands full with the revenge-minded Golden Gophers. Let’s take a look inside the numbers.

Sporting a 3-19 SU and 8-14 ATS record in this series and with the memory of its 82-57 beating up in Ann Arbor back on January 6th still fresh on its mind, Minnesota will be emotionally charged for this rematch. Inside the friendly confines of Williams Arena, the Golden Gophers have assembled a powerful 36-8 SU and 26-13-2 ATS record in their last 44 games including a rewarding 16-3 SU and 14-5 ATS provided they scoot in off a straight up loss. Equally impressive, as a home dog storming the court in a bad mood off back-to-back SU and ATS losses, the Golden Gophers have posted a proud 17-7 ATS tally including 12-2 ATS provided they are running with revenge of any kind.

Knocking off Michigan won’t be an easy task. The Wolverines are playing excellent basketball right now. Thankfully, head coach Juwan Howard’s kids are in one of their worst roles on Saturday and they’ll have some trouble. In a true road game hitting the hardwood with plenty of steam off two or more straight up wins, the Maize and Blue hold a weak 49-75 SU and 45-73-2 ATS record in their last 124 battles. In this run fighting a foe that takes the floor off a straight up loss, UM falls to a horrible 16-34 SU and 14-35-1 ATS including a woeful 4-21 ATS in this set provided the Wolverines are priced as a favorite. With those three parameters live and Coach Howard’s troops arriving off the comforts of a home game, this situation crashes to an ugly 2-20 ATS.

This will be the Golden Gophers seventh consecutive game against a ranked opponent and they are obviously battle-tested. In a payback mode and off the two SU and ATS losses, head coach Richard Pitino’s boys will hand the Wolverines their first defeat of the season. Take Minnesota. Thanks and best of luck, Tom.

Stryker posted a perfect 2-0 ATS mark in hoops on Friday night connecting with Louisiana Tech and Nevada and he’s back on Saturday focused and ready to cash his first 5* release in college basketball this season. The home versus road dichotomy surrounding this game is off the charts and a golden 12-0 SU and ATS angle applies. Grab Tom’s 5* CBB Ultimate Database Investment for $30.