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Minnesota Golden Gophers vs. High Point Panthers - 3/18/14 NIT First Round

High Point Panthers (16-14) at Minnesota Golden Gophers (20-13)

College Basketball: Tuesday, March 18, 2014 at 8:15 pm (Williams Arena)

The Line: Minnesota Golden Gophers -18 -- Over/Under: 133.5 See the Latest Odds


The High Point Panthers and Minnesota Golden Gophers will meet in the first round of the NIT.

The Panthers won the Big South north division with a 16-14 record and won six of their last seven games. High Point is primarily an offensive team, averaging 69.4 points on 46.5 percent shooting. High Point also shoots 38.1 percent from downtown and is led by sophomore forward John Brown, who averages 19.5 points and 7.8 rebounds. Defensively, High Point allows 72.2 points on 47.2 percent shooting. However, the High Point Panthers have allowed 67 or less points in six of their last seven games. High Point is 0-4 ATS overall this season.

Minnesota Golden Gophers vs. High Point Panthers - 3/18/14 NIT First Round

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The Golden Gophers are a balanced Big Ten team that just couldn’t play with any consistency. Offensively, Minnesota averages 70.9 points on 44.8 percent shooting. The Gophers shoot 74 percent from the free throw line and are led by junior guard Andre Hollins, who averages 14.2 points and 3.5 rebounds. Defensively, Minnesota is a feisty team that comes up with 7.2 steals. The Golden Gophers also allow 67.8 points on 42.5 percent shooting. Minnesota has allowed 66 or less points in six of its last eight games. The Golden Gophers are 13-14-1 ATS overall.

The Panthers are 1-10 ATS in their last 11 games overall and 0-5 ATS in their last 5 non-conference games. The Golden Gophers are 0-5 ATS in their last 5 non-conference games and 1-4-1 ATS in their last 6 non-conference games. 

Minnesota is a very streaky team, and you’re never quite sure which team is going to show up. That’s why I have to take High Point and the points. Sure, the Panthers aren’t nearly as talented as the Golden Gophers and will likely lose fairly easily. However, 18 points is a lot to lay for a Minnesota team that has lost four of its last seven games and can get careless with the basketball.

I’ll take all of the points I can get. 

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High Point Panthers +18

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