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Minnesota vs. Rutgers - 1/17/15 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Rutgers Scarlet Knights (10-8) at Minnesota Golden Gophers (11-7)

College Basketball: Saturday, January 17, 2015 at 12:00 pm (Williams Arena)

The Line: Minnesota Golden Gophers -13 -- Over/Under: See the Latest Odds

TV: Big Ten Network

The Rutgers Scarlet Knights and Minnesota Golden Gophers play Saturday at the Williams Arena.

The Rutgers Scarlet Knights have split their last eight games and play their sixth true road game. On the season, Rutgers is averaging 59.1 points on 39.3 percent shooting and is allowing 61.3 points on 39.4 percent shooting. Myles Macks is averaging 14.1 points and 4.3 assists while Kadeem Jack is averaging 12.4 points and 6.6 rebounds. Bishop Daniels is shooting 39.6 percent from the field and Junior Etou is grabbing 6.9 rebounds. The Rutgers Scarlet Knights are a defensive team that’s allowing 30.6 percent shooting from downtown and has allowed 65 or less points in six of their last seven games. Offensively, Rutgers is shooting 67.1 percent from the line and 30.1 percent from deep. Rutgers is 2-3 SU on the road.

Minnesota vs. Rutgers - 1/17/15 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction

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The Minnesota Golden Gophers have lost five straight games and are still looking for their first conference win. On the season, Minnesota is averaging 78.3 points on 47.6 percent shooting and is allowing 66.2 points on 42 percent shooting. Carlos Morris is averaging 13.3 points and 3.9 rebounds while Andre Hollins is averaging 12.4 points and 2.4 assists. Maurice Walker is grabbing 6.4 rebounds and Nate Mason is shooting 45.8 percent from the field. The Minnesota Golden Gophers have four double-digit scorers while they’re shooting 64.7 percent from the line and 39.4 percent from downtown. Defensively, Minnesota is allowing 33.8 percent shooting from deep and has given up 70 or more points in six of its last seven games. Minnesota is 9-2 SU on its home court.

The Scarlet Knights are 7-1 ATS in their last 8 games following a S.U. loss and 6-2 ATS in their last 8 games overall. The Golden Gophers are 0-6 ATS in their last 6 vs. Big Ten and 0-5 ATS in their last 5 games overall. 

Minnesota has been a betting nightmare all season, a team that can't cover the spread to save its life. Meanwhile, Rutgers has been covering games left and right and has even hung with some of the better teams in the Big Ten already. Once again, back the Scarlet Knights.

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Rutgers Scarlet Knights +13

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