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Minnesota vs. Rutgers - 3/11/15 Big Ten Tournament Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Rutgers Scarlet Knights (10-21) at Minnesota Golden Gophers (17-14)

College Basketball: Wednesday, March 11, 2015 at 7:00 pm (United Center)

The Line: Minnesota Golden Gophers -10.5 -- Over/Under: See the Latest Odds

TV: Big Ten Network

The Rutgers Scarlet Knights and Minnesota Golden Gophers meet Wednesday in the Big Ten Tournament.

The Rutgers Scarlet Knights look for their first win since January 11th. On the season, Rutgers is averaging 59 points on 39 percent shooting and is allowing 66.8 points on 43.2 percent shooting.  Myles Mack is averaging 13.4 points and 4.2 assists while Kadeem Jack is averaging 12.8 points and 6.4 rebounds. Bishop Daniels is dishing 1.7 assists and Junior Etou is grabbing 6.6 rebounds. The Rutgers Scarlet Knights have four players averaging at least 7.4 points, and they’re shooting 65.4 percent from the line and 29.4 percent from deep. Defensively, Rutgers is allowing 33.6 percent shooting from deep and has given up 79 or more points in five of its last seven games.

Minnesota vs. Rutgers - 3/11/15 Big Ten Tournament Pick, Odds, and Prediction

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The Minnesota Golden Gophers look for a win after losing five of their last six. On the season, Minnesota is averaging 72.9 points on 45.6 percent shooting and is allowing 67.6 points on 43.8 percent shooting. Andre Hollins is averaging 14.3 points and 2.7 assists while Maurice Walker is averaging 12 points and 6.6 rebounds. Carlos Morris is the third double-digit scorer and Nate Mason is dishing 2.8 assists. The Minnesota Golden Gophers have five players averaging at least 9.3 points, and they’re shooting 67.1 percent from the line and 38.2 percent from deep. Defensively, Minnesota is allowing 37.2 percent shooting from deep and has given up 72 or more points in five of its last six games.

The Scarlet Knights are 4-0 ATS in their last 4 Wednesday games and 1-7 ATS in their last 8 games overall. The Golden Gophers are 3-7-1 ATS in their last 11 neutral site games and 5-13 ATS in their last 18 games overall. 

The meeting earlier this season was rather tight, and I'm just not confident in laying double-digit points with a Minny team that's lost five of its last six games. There are better bets on the board but if you must, go ahead and take the points here. 

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Rutgers Scarlet Knights +10.5

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