Minnesota Golden Gophers vs. Arkansas Razorbacks - 11/22/16 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction
Arkansas Razorbacks (3-0) at Minnesota Golden Gophers (4-0)
College Basketball: Tuesday, November 22, 2016 at 8:00 pm (Williams Arena)
The Line: Minnesota Golden Gophers -3 -- Over/Under: 156 See the Latest Odds
A pair of undefeateds face off as the Arkansas Razorbacks take on the Minnesota Golden Gophers as part of the Golden Gopher showcase on Tuesday night.
The Arkansas Razorbacks won their 3rd straight to start the season by narrowly edging out the Texas-Arlington Mavericks by a final score of 71-67. Arkansas came back from an 11-point halftime deficit in the win, led by Jaylen Barford, who made half of his 12 field goal attempts on the night including a 3-pointer and 4 for 6 from the foul line to go along with a team-high 6 rebounds. Barford was one of 3 Razorbacks that finished in double figures in terms of scoring in the win as Bedford was supported by Anton Beard and Dusty Hannahs. Beard poured in 12 points on 4 of 8 from the floor, including 2 of 3 from downtown and a pair of free throws to go along with 6 rebounds of his own while Hannahs made just 2 of his 10 attempts on the night, both from behind the arc, but made up for it by making 5 of his 6 free throws in the game. As a team, Arkansas is scoring 84.3 points per game on 47.8% shooting from the floor. Arkansas has the 15th-best mark from 3-point range in the nation, making 44.4% of their 3s and 76% from the free throw line.
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The Minnesota Golden Gophers improved to 4-0 on the year with a 92-86 victory over St. John's. Amir Coffey was the standout performer for Minnesota with 30 points on 9 of 14 from the field, including a 3-pointer while going 11 for 12 from the charity stripe on the night. Dupree McBrayer followed behind as the 2nd of 3 Gophers with at least 10 points as he connected on 6 of 12 from the floor including a pair of 3s to go along with 4 of 5 from the foul line in addition to his 5 rebounds and 5 assists. Mate Mason rounded out the trio with 13 points on just 4 of 10 from the floor but made up for it by making all 4 of his free throw attempts and logging 7 assists and 5 boards. Reggie Lynch may not have had 10 points, but he did put up double figures with 11 rebounds and an astounding 9 blocks on the night. As a team, Minnesota is putting up 85.5 points per game on 47.9% shooting from the field. Where head coach Richard Pitino would like to see his guys improve is from behind the arc, where Minnesota is making just 31.2% of their attempts. The Golden Gophers are also shooting just under 72% from the foul line. Defensively, Minnesota is allowing 70.8 points per game while holding opponents to 35.6% from the field, the 29th-best percentage in the nation.
Arkansas is 4-0-1 ATS in their last 5 vs. the Big Ten and 1-4 ATS in their last 5 games overall while the under is 5-0 in their last 5 road games. Minnesota is 2-5 ATS in their last 7 games overall and 3-9 ATS in their last 12 non-conference games while the over is 4-0 in their last 4 Tuesday games.
If this game were at a neutral site, I’d probably look to Arkansas and the points. However, it’s a home game for the Golden Gophers, who have won all 4 of their home games to start the year and should be able to make it 5 here.
I’ll lay the points with Minnesota.