Penn State vs. Minnesota - College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction
Minnesota Golden Gophers (13-8) at Penn State Nittany Lions (13-7)
College Basketball: Wednesday, January 28, 2015 at 7:00 pm (Bryce Jordan Center)
The Line: Penn State +2 -- Over/Under: See the Latest Odds
TV: Big Ten Network
The Minnesota Golden Gophers and Penn State Nittany Lions meet Wednesday at the Bryce Jordan Center.
The Minnesota Golden Gophers have lost six of their last eight games and play their sixth true road game. On the season, Minnesota is averaging 75.9 points on 46.4 percent shooting and is allowing 66.8 points on 42.8 percent shooting. Andre Hollins is averaging 14.5 points and 4.2 rebounds while Carlos Morris is averaging 13 points and 2.4 assists. Maurice Walker is the third player averaging double-digit points and Nate Mason is dishing three assists. The Minnesota Golden Gophers have six players averaging at least 8.7 points, and they’re shooting 64.7 percent from the line and 39.5 percent from beyond the arc. Defensively, Minnesota is allowing 34.5 percent shooting from deep and has given up 70 or more points in six of its last eight games.
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The Penn State Nittany Lions have lost six of their last seven games and look for their second Big Ten win. On the season, Penn State is averaging 70.4 points on 43.9 percent shooting and is allowing 66.9 points on 40.6 percent shooting. D.J. Newbill is averaging 22 points and 3.1 assists while Brandon Taylor is averaging 9.9 points and six rebounds. Shep Garner is dishing 2.4 assists and Geno Thorpe is shooting 42.1 percent from the field. The Penn State Nittany Lions have seven players averaging at least 4.8 points, and they’re shooting 69.5 percent from the line and 32.8 percent from downtown. Defensively, Penn State is allowing 32.9 percent shooting from deep and has given up 73 or more points in four of its last seven games. Brandon Taylor is questionable with a knee injury.
The Golden Gophers are 6-19-1 ATS in their last 26 road games and 1-7 ATS in their last 8 games overall. The Nittany Lions are 3-7 ATS in their last 10 home games and 7-15 ATS in their last 22 games overall. The Golden Gophers are 5-0 ATS in the last 5 meetings.
Minnesota is simply flat out the better team in this spot, as Penn State has been horrible in Big Ten play. Look for the Golden Gophers to get back on track with a big road win.