While the road team has covered four straight in this series, Wisconsin (16-2, 3-2) has failed to cover seven of its last nine against the Gophers overall.
Minnesota (14-5, 3-3) is 2-1 at home in conference play, but comes into this one mired in a 1-5 ATS slide at home.
Normally a physically rugged squad, the Badgers average 75.8 points per game this season, an average that’s nearly more than 11 points from last season. Wisconsin leads the conference in offensive efficiency with 1.21 points per possession, and could disrupt Minnesota's scoring defense that ranks eighth in the Big Ten.
Wisconsin is currently ranked ninth nationally and a serious contender in the odds to win the 2013-2014 NCAA basketball championship. But they are just 3-6 ATS in nine recent meetings with their Big Ten rivals from Minnesota.
First-year coach Richard Pitino has his Gophers playing solid defense - when it's on. Minnesota leads the conference in steals per game (8.3) and could be the fly in Wisconsin's offensive ointment at home, where the Gophers allow a mere 62.7 points per game, 13.1 points less than Wisconsin’s average.
They have won seven of eight home games, according to the matchup report.
The Gophers have won three of the last four meetings in Minneapolis, while the host has won six of the last seven meetings. Minnesota owns an 11-1 mark on its own court this season, including last Thursday’s 63-53 upset of then-No. 11 Ohio State 63-53, the Gophers’ last home game.