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Maryland vs. Minnesota - 1/3/15 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Minnesota Golden Gophers (11-3) at Maryland Terrapins (13-1)

College Basketball: Saturday, January 3, 2015 at 12:00 pm (Xfinity Center)

The Line: Maryland Terrapins -5 -- Over/Under: See the Latest Odds

TV: Big Ten Network

The Minnesota Golden Gophers and Maryland Terrapins clash Friday afternoon at the Comcast Center.

The Minnesota Golden Gophers have won eight of their last nine games and play their third true road contest. On the season, Minnesota is averaging 82 points on 49.5 percent shooting and is allowing 64.9 points on 40.8 percent shooting. Andre Hollins is averaging 13.2 points and 2.7 assists while Carlos Morris is averaging 12.8 points and 3.7 rebounds. Maurice Walker is grabbing 5.6 rebounds and DeAndre Mathieu is producing 6.2 assists. The Minnesota Golden Gophers have turned into an offensive machine as they have five double-digit scorers and are shooting 65.2 percent from the free throw line and 42.4 percent from beyond the arc. Defensively, Minnesota is allowing teams to shoot 33.7 percent from deep and has allowed 69 or less points in six of its last nine games.

Maryland vs. Minnesota - 1/3/15 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction

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The Maryland Terrapins have won six straight and are coming off a big win over Michigan State. On the season, Maryland is averaging 74.4 points on 46.4 percent shooting and is allowing 61.5 points on 37.1 percent shooting. Melo Trimble is averaging 15.9 points and 3.1 assists while Dez Wells is averaging 15.3 points and 4.6 rebounds. Jake Layman is the third player averaging double-digit points and Richaud Pack is grabbing 4.7 rebounds. The Maryland Terrapins are a well balanced team that relies on a defense that’s holding teams to 28.7 percent shooting from deep and has allowed 66 or less points in six straight games. Offensively, Maryland is shooting 75.1 percent from the line and 36.2 percent from deep, as three players are averaging at least 14 points.

The Golden Gophers are 1-4-1 ATS in their last 6 road games and 10-4-1 ATS in their last 15 games overall. The Terrapins are 1-4-1 ATS in their last 6 home games and 3-1-1 ATS in their last 5 games overall. 

Minnesota finally has an explosive offense to go with a defense that puts ton of pressure and forces turnovers. While Maryland has the home court advantage, the Golden Gophers are balanced and experienced enough to possibly win this game. I like Minnesota and the points. 

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Minnesota Golden Gophers +5

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