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Minnesota Golden Gophers vs. Southern Miss Golden Eagles - 3/25/14 NIT Quarterfinal

Southern Miss Golden Eagles (29-6) at Minnesota Golden Gophers (22-13)

College Basketball: Tuesday, March 25, 2014 at 9:00 pm (Williams Arena)

The Line: Minnesota Golden Gophers -4.5 -- Over/Under: See the Latest Odds

TV: ESPN

The Southern Miss Golden Eagles and Minnesota Golden Gophers will square off Tuesday night in a NIT quarterfinal.

Southern Miss won its first two games in the tournament with wins over Toledo and Missouri. On the season, the Golden Eagles average 70.5 points on 45.3 percent shooting and allow 63.2 points on 42.3 percent shooting. Defensively, Southern Miss has held eight of its last nine opponents to 68 or less points. Offensively, Southern Miss shoots 68.7 percent from the free throw line and 35.2 percent from beyond the arc. Southern Miss is led by guard Michael Craig, who averages 11.2 points and 7.6 rebounds. The Southern Miss Golden Eagles are 20-10-2 ATS overall this season.

Minnesota Golden Gophers vs. Southern Miss Golden Eagles - 3/25/14 NIT Quarterfinal

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Minnesota earned victories over High Point and Saint Mary’s to advance this far in the tournament. On the season, the Golden Gophers average 71.1 points on 44.9 percent shooting and allow 67.8 points on 42.5 percent shooting. Minnesota is a team that runs extremely hot and cold, but is 15-6 SU when scoring 70 or more points. The Golden Gophers are led by guard Andre Collins, who averages 13.6 points and shoots 37 percent from beyond the arc. Defensively, the Golden Gophers have held four of their last six opponents to 66 or less points. The Minnesota Golden Gophers are 14-15-1 ATS overall. 

The Golden Eagles are 4-0-1 ATS in their last 5 non-conference games and 4-1-1 ATS in their last 6 games overall. The Golden Gophers are 4-1 ATS in their last 5 home games and 7-1 ATS in their last 8 vs. Conference USA. 

With the inconsistency Minnesota plays with, I’ll gladly take Southern Miss and the points. The Golden Eagles actually have a shot of winning this game SU due to being such a balanced team and a highly efficient offensive team.

You never know which Minnesota team is going to show up, which makes the Golden Eagles the play once again. 

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Southern Miss Golden Eagles +4.5

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