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Minnesota vs. UNC Wilmington - 12/27/14 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction

UNC Wilmington Seahawks (5-4) at Minnesota Golden Gophers (10-2)

College Basketball: Saturday, December 27, 2014 at 1:00 pm (Williams Arena)

The Line: Minnesota Golden Gophers -17 -- Over/Under: See the Latest Odds

TV: Big Ten Network

The UNC Wilmington Seahawks and Minnesota Golden Gophers square off Saturday at the Williams Arena.

The UNC Wilmington Seahawks have split their last six games and play their seventh true road game. On the season, UNC Wilmington is averaging 73.7 points on 48.4 percent shooting and is allowing 69 points on 40.2 percent shooting. Freddie Jackson is averaging 16 points and 6.6 rebounds while Craig Ponder is averaging 11.7 points and three assists. Addison Spruill is the third player averaging double-digit points and Cedrick Williams is grabbing 7.9 rebounds. The UNC Wilmington Seahawks are a quality offensive team that has six different players averaging at least seven points while they’re shooting 63.2 percent from the free throw line and 39.7 percent from beyond the arc. Defensively, UNC Wilmington is allowing teams to shoot 33.1 percent from deep and has allowed no more than 70 points in its last five games.

Minnesota vs. UNC Wilmington - 12/27/14 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction

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The Minnesota Golden Gophers have won seven straight and play for the first time in five days. On the season, Minnesota is averaging 81 points on 49 percent shooting and is allowing 62.8 points on 39.9 percent shooting. Andre Hollins is averaging 14.1 points and 2.8 assists while Carlos Morris is averaging 12.1 points and 3.8 rebounds. Maurice Walker is grabbing 5.5 rebounds and Nate Mason is shooting 46.2 percent from the field. The Minnesota Golden Gophers have also become a solid offensive team that leads the country with 19.8 assists while shooting 63.2 percent from the free throw line and 40.4 percent from downtown. Defensively, Minnesota is allowing teams to shoot 32.8 percent from deep and has allowed 70 or less points in 10 of its last 11 games.

The Seahawks are 4-1 ATS in their last 5 non-conference games and 1-4 ATS in their last 5 vs. Big Ten. The Golden Gophers are 11-4 ATS in their last 15 home games and 4-1-1 ATS in their last 6 non-conference games. 

The UNC Wilmington Seahawks only lost to Louisville by 11 points and has lived on the road for much of the season. Considering UNC Wilmington has shown it can compete at a high level, I'm not sure why anybody would turn down the points here. 

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UNC Wilmington Seahawks +17

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