Michigan State vs. Minnesota - 2/26/15 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction
Minnesota Golden Gophers (16-12) at Michigan State Spartans (19-8)
College Basketball: Thursday, February 26, 2015 at 7:00 pm (Breslin Center)
The Line: Michigan State Spartans -9 -- Over/Under: See the Latest Odds
TV: Big Ten Network
The Minnesota Golden Gophers and Michigan State Spartans meet Thursday at the Breslin Center.
The Minnesota Golden Gophers have split their last 10 games and play their final road game. On the season, Minnesota is averaging 73.6 points on 46.1 percent shooting and is allowing 65.8 points on 42.9 percent shooting. Andre Hollins is averaging 14.6 points and 2.6 assists while Maurice Walker is averaging 11.6 points and 6.3 rebounds. Carlos Morris is the third double-digit scorer and Nate Mason is dishing 2.7 assists. The Minnesota Golden Gophers have five players averaging at least 8.8 points, and they’re shooting 66 percent from the line and 38.1 percent from deep. Defensively, Minnesota is allowing 35.8 percent shooting from deep and has given up 63 or less points in five of its last seven games.
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The Michigan State Spartans look to stay hot with four straight wins. On the season, MSU is averaging 71.9 points on 47.4 percent shooting and is allowing 61.1 points on 38.4 percent shooting. Denzel Valentine is averaging 14.4 points and 6.1 rebounds while Travis Trice is averaging 13.9 points and 5.4 assists. Branden Dawson is the third double-digit scorer and Matt Costello is grabbing 5.4 rebounds. The Michigan State Spartans have four players averaging at least 9.1 points, and they’re shooting 63.4 percent from the line and 39.2 percent from deep. Defensively, MSU is allowing 29.7 percent shooting from deep and has given up 67 or less points in seven straight games.
The Golden Gophers are 8-21-1 ATS in their last 30 road games and 4-11 ATS in their last 15 games overall. The Spartans are 1-4 ATS in their last 5 home games and 4-0 ATS in their last 4 games overall. The Golden Gophers are 0-4 ATS in the last 4 meetings in Michigan State and 3-11 ATS in the last 14 meetings.
The Minnesota Golden Gophers need this win to sharpen up their NCAA resume. Michigan State is also a team that will let teams hang around. I'll take my chances with the points in hopes of Minnesota keep this below double digits.