Minnesota Golden Gophers vs. Mount St. Mary's Mountaineers - 11/16/16 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction
Mount St. Mary's Mountaineers (0-2) at Minnesota Golden Gophers (2-0)
College Basketball: Wednesday, November 16, 2016 at 8:00 pm (Williams Arena)
The Line: Minnesota Golden Gophers TBA -- Over/Under: TBA See the Latest Odds
Coming up in college basketball action from Williams Arena on Wednesday, we’ve got a matchup between the Mount St. Mary’s Mountaineers and the Minnesota Golden Gophers.
Mount St. Mary’s comes into this one with an 0-2 record after a pair of tough losses to start the season. The Mountaineers dropped their opener 87-59 to West Virginia, then lost Monday’s game 73-55 to Iowa State. In that game against the Cyclones, Mount St. Mary’s was outscored 39-22 in the first half but did catch back up a bit with a 34-33 second half deficit.
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Through two games so far, Elijah Long is the Mountaineers’ leading scorer with 16.5 PPG, 6.0 RPG and 4.0 APG. Miles Wilson and Greg Alexander are also averaging in double figures for Mount St. Mary’s; Wilson has 11.0 PPG with 3.0 RPG while Alexander has 10.5 PPG with 1.5 RPG so far.
Over on the Minnesota side, they’re entering play here with a 2-0 record on the young season, recording victories against Louisiana-Lafayette 86-74 on Friday and UT Arlington 84-67 on Monday. In the UT Arlington Game, the Gophers were outscored 41-35 in the first half, but struck back with a 49-26 second half to bag the win.
Leading the way for Minnesota through two games in scoring are Nate Mason and Dupree McBrayer; Mason has 14.0 PPG with 7.0 APG and 5.5 RPG, while McBrayer has 14.0 PPG with 2.5 RPG and 2.0 APG. Reggie Lynch (12.0 PPG; 6.5 RPG), Amir Coffey (11.5 PPG; 3.5 RPG) and Eric Curry (10.5 PPG; 7.5 RPG) are all averaging in double figures for the Golden Gophers as well.
Mount St. Mary’s is 5-1 ATS in their last six games versus a team with a winning percentage above .600, and 2-5 ATS in their last seven games overall. Mount St. Mary’s is also 1-4 ATS in their last five road games, and 1-4 ATS in their last five versus the Big 10.
Meanwhile, Minnesota is 4-1 ATS in their last five home games, and 6-13 ATS in their last 19 games following an ATS win. Minnesota is also 3-8 ATS in their last 11 non-conference games and 3-10 ATS in their last 13 Wednesday games.
The limp first half against UT Arlington should cause a little concern for Golden Gophers fans, but the team showed resilience in storming back during the second half to keep their season-long record unblemished. Minnesota’s balanced scoring attack should go a long way toward getting a convincing win over Mount St. Mary’s, so I’ll take the Golden Gophers to cover, so long as the line doesn't end up being crazy.