The Michigan Wolverines look to keep pace in a competitive battle for first place in the Big Ten when they take on the Minnesota Golden Gophers on Thursday at 7 p.m. ET. Michigan (23-3, 12-3) brings its shut-down defense to Minneapolis to face a team in the Gophers (17-9, 7-8) that desperately seeks a marquee win to build upon its NCAA Tournament résumé. The seventh-ranked Wolverines are 4.5-point sportsbook favorites with the over-under for total points scored at 133 in the latest Michigan vs. Minnesota odds.
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But just because the Wolverines have been red-hot doesn’t mean they’ll cover the Michigan vs. Minnesota spread on Thursday.