Minnesota vs. St. John's - 11/18/16 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction
St. John's Red Storm (2-0) at Minnesota Golden Gophers (3-0)
College Basketball: Friday, November 18, 2016 at 9:00 pm (Williams Arena)
The Line: Minnesota Golden Gophers -5 -- Over/Under: 152.5 See the Latest Odds
TV: Big Ten Network
The Minnesota Golden Gophers and the St. John’s Red Storm face off on Friday Night in a Big Ten vs. Big East college basketball matchup.
The Minnesota Golden Gophers are off to a 3-0 start winning all of their games by double-digit margins. Minnesota is averaging 83.3 points per game and they are shooting 49.7 percent from the floor and 28.6 percent from beyond the 3-point arc while defensively they are allowing 65.7 points and their opponents are shooting 35.1 percent. Nate Mason and Dupree McBrayer are both averaging 13.7 points per game to lead the Gophers with Mason also grabbing 5 rebounds per game. Jordan Murphy is averaging 11.7 points and 9.3 rebounds for Minnesota, Amir Coffey is averaging 11 points, and Reggie Lynch is averaging 10 points and 6.3 rebounds. This is Minnesota’s toughest test thus far and after last year’s disaster of a season they are looking to rack up as many wins as they can.
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The St. John’s Red Storm are off to a 2-0 start to the season with easy wins over Bethune-Cookman and Binghamton. St. John’s is averaging 88.5 points per game and they are shooting 52.6 percent from the floor including 45.8 percent from beyond the 3-point arc while defensively they are allowing 57 points and their opponents are shooting 35.3 percent. Marcus LoVett is leading the Red Storm averaging 21 points in 29 minutes per game. Shamorie Ponds is averaging 14.5 points and 6.5 rebounds for St. John’s, Frederico Mussini is averaging 12.5 points, and Yankuba Sima is averaging 9.5 points. Like Minnesota St. John’s is looking to improve after several down seasons.
Minnesota is 4-1 against the spread in their last 8 home games, 2-8 against the spread in their last 11 non-conference games, and 5-12 against the spread following a win. St. John’s is 5-12 against the spread in their last 17 road games, 2-6 against the spread in their last 8 non-conference games, and 5-12-1 against the spread following a game that they covered the point spread.
I am not sold on either of these teams but I see Minnesota as the better team. The line is set at 7 and that looks about right but I will take the points with the dog.