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Penn State Nittany Lions vs. Minnesota Golden Gophers Pick, Odds, Prediction 1/8/14

Minnesota Golden Gophers (12-3) at Penn State Nittany Lions (9-6)

College Basketball: Wednesday, January 8, 2014 at 7:00 pm (Bryce Jordan Center)

The Line: Penn State Nittany Lions +1.5 -- Over/Under: 144.5 See the Latest Odds

TV: Big Ten Network

The Penn State Nittany Lions and the Minnesota Golden Gophers face off on Wednesday in Happy Valley in Big Ten college basketball action.

The Penn State Nittany Lions are still looking for their first Big Ten conference win as they have started conference play 0-2. PSU is 9-6 for the season and 6-3 at home but the schedule is only getting more difficult. D.J. Newbill is averaging 18 points and 5.5 rebounds to lead the Nittany Lions. Tim Frazier is averaging 16.9 points and 6.9 assists, Brandon Taylor is averaging 10.8 points and 5.3 rebounds, and Ross Travis is averaging 10.6 points and 8.0 rebounds. Penn State is averaging 78.3 points and they are shooting 46 percent while defensively they are allowing 73.7 points and their opponents are shooting 41.3 percent. Penn State has just one win over a team with a RPI better than 100.

Penn State Nittany Lions vs. Minnesota Golden Gophers Pick, Odds, Prediction 1/8/14

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The Minnesota Golden Gophers play three of their next four games on the road starting with this one at PSU. Minnesota is 2-0 on the road so far this season and have played the 62nd ranked schedule in the country. Andre Hollins is averaging 12.6 points and 6.9 rebounds per game to lead the Golden Gophers. Austin Hollins is averaging 12.6 points and 6.9 rebounds, Deandre Mathieu is averaging 11.4 points and 4.7 rebounds, and Malik Smith is averaging 9.9 points. Minnesota is averaging 76.1 points and they are shooting 43.1 percent from the field while defensively they are allowing 64.9 points and their opponents are shooting 42 percent. Minnesota should be battling for a NCAA Tournament spot this year.

Penn State is 8-3 against the spread following a loss, 0-4 against the spread in their last four games, and 1-3-1 against the spread against a team with a winning record. Minnesota is 2-9 against the spread in their last 11 road games, 0-5 against the spread against the Big Ten, and 1-5 against the spread following a game that they didn’t cover the point spread. The favorite is 3-1-1 against the spread in the last five meetings of these two.

My free pick in this game is on the total which looks to be under to me. My stronger play is on who will cover the spread and I will post that pick in the Premium Area and on the App.

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Under 144.5

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