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Penn State vs. Minnesota - 1/5/16 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Minnesota Golden Gophers (6-8) at Penn State Nittany Lions (9-6)

College Basketball: Tuesday, January 5, 2016 at 7:00 pm (Bryce Jordan Center)

The Line: Penn State Nittany Lions -7 -- Over/Under: See the Latest Odds

TV: Big Ten Network

The Penn State Nittany Lions and the Minnesota Golden Gophers face off on Tuesday in Big Ten college basketball action.

The Penn State Nittany Lions are 9-6 this season and they have lost three of their last four games. Penn State is averaging 66.3 points per game and they are shooting 41.1 percent from the floor while defensively they are allowing 66.7 points and their opponents are shooting 40.6 percent. Brandon Taylor leads he Nittany Lions averaging 16.2 points and 6.4 rebounds per game. Shep Garner is averaging 14.3 points, Payton Banks is averaging 10.9 points and 5.3 rebounds, and Josh Reaves is averaging 6.5 points. Penn State has started their Big Ten schedule 0-2 and they are 6-1 at home this season.

Penn State vs. Minnesota - 1/5/16 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction

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The Minnesota Golden Gophers are 6-8 this season and they have lost their last three games and five of their last six. Minnesota is averaging 71.9 points and they are shooting 40.6 percent while defensively they are allowing 72.6 points and their opponents are shooting 44.3 percent. Joey King leads the Golden Gophers averaging 12.8 points per game. Nate Mason is averaging 12.6 points, Carlos Morris is averaging 11.6 points, and Jordan Murphy is averaging 11 points and 8.6 rebounds. Minnesota simply hasn’t played well enough to compete against the better teams.

Penn State is 5-1 against the spread against the Big Ten, 3-1-1 against the spread in their last five games, and 3-1-1 against the spread following a game that they didn’t cover the point spread. Minnesota is 7-16 against the spread against the Big Ten, 9-26-1 against the spread in their last 36 road games, and 1-5 against the spread against a team with a winning record. The favorite has covered the point spread in five of the last seven meetings of these two.

I don’t expect a lot of points to be scored so this spread is a pretty big number so I will take the points and my chances with Minnesota. 

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Minnesota Golden Gophers +7

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