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Minnesota vs. Western Carolina - 12/5/14 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Western Carolina Catamounts (3-5) at Minnesota Golden Gophers (5-2)

College Basketball: Friday, December 5, 2014 at 7:00 pm (Williams Arena)

The Line: Minnesota Golden Gophers -20 -- Over/Under: See the Latest Odds

TV: ESPN3

The Western Carolina Catamounts and Minnesota Golden Gophers play Friday night at Williams Arena.

The Western Carolina Catamounts have lost three of their last four games and will play their sixth true road game. On the season, Western Carolina is averaging 72.7 points on 42.6 percent shooting and is allowing 77 points on 44.2 percent shooting. James Sinclair is averaging 18.9 points and 5.5 rebounds while Rhett Harrelson is averaging 17.9 points and 3.3 assists. Torrion Brummitt leads the way with 7.5 rebounds and Mike Brown is shooting 42.4 percent from the field. The Western Carolina Catamounts lack of defense is the reason for their struggles, as they’re allowing 34.2 percent from beyond the arc and have given up 168 points in their last two games. Western Carolina’s offense will keep the team in games, as the Catamounts have four players averaging double-digit points.

Minnesota vs. Western Carolina - 12/5/14 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction

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The Minnesota Golden Gophers have won four of their last five games and hope to keep things rolling. On the season, Minnesota is averaging 70.7 points on 41.7 percent shooting and is allowing 64.5 points on 40.1 percent shooting. Andre Hollins is averaging 13.9 points and 4.4 rebounds while Carlos Morris is averaging 11 points and three steals. Maurice Walker is the third Minnesota player to average double-digit points and Nate Mason is grabbing 4.4 rebounds per game. The Minnesota Golden Gophers defense is forcing 19.5 turnovers per game and holding teams to just 30.5 percent shooting from downtown. Minnesota would like to get more consistent offense but the 38.7 rebounds per game gives the Golden Gophers plenty of second chances.

The Catamounts are 3-0-1 ATS in their last 4 vs. Big Ten and 4-1 ATS in their last 5 games vs. a team with a winning S.U. record. The Golden Gophers are 8-3 ATS in their last 11 home games and 6-2-1 ATS in their last 9 games overall. 

We're getting 20 free points with an above-average offensive team that has topped 70 points in five of its last seven games. Give me Western Carolina and the truckload of points here. 

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Western Carolina Catamounts +20

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