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Minnesota Golden Gophers vs. Southern Illinois Salukis - 11/25/16 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Southern Illinois Salukis (3-2) at Minnesota Golden Gophers (5-0)

College Basketball: Friday, November 25, 2016 at 8:00 pm (Williams Arena)

The Line: Minnesota Golden Gophers -14 -- Over/Under: See the Latest Odds

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The Southern Illinois Salukis will travel to play the Minnesota Golden Gophers in a non-conference college basketball game on Friday.

The Minnesota Golden Gophers are 5-0 this season after beating Arkansas by a score of 85-71 in their last game. Minnesota led by 17 points at halftime and was able to cruise to the victory in the second half. Amir Coffey led Minnesota with 19 points and 3 assists in their win. Minnesota shot 51.8% on field goals, while shooting 60% on three-pointers in this game. Minnesota is averaging 85.4 points per game while giving up 70.8 points per game. Minnesota is also averaging 40.6 rebounds per game and 17 assists per game. Amir Coffey is averaging 16.4 points, 3.2 rebounds, and 2 assists per game, while Nate Mason is averaging 13.4 points, 6.2 assists, and 4.6 rebounds per game for Minnesota. Minnesota is shooting 48.6% on field goals, 71.8% on free throws, and 35.8% on three-pointers.

Minnesota Golden Gophers vs. Southern Illinois Salukis - 11/25/16 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction

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The Southern Illinois Salukis are 3-2 this season after beating Mount Saint Mary’s by a score of 73-63 in their last game. Southern Illinois trailed at halftime but was able to comeback for the win in the second half. Armon Fletcher led SIU with 19 points and 3 rebounds in this game. Southern Illinois shot 47.5% on field goals, while shooting 35% on three-pointers in their win. Southern Illinois is averaging 81 points per game while giving up 77 points per game. Southern Illinois is also averaging 35.8 rebounds per game and 15 assists per game. Mike Rodriguez is averaging 14.6 points and 4.6 assists per game, while Sean O’Brien is averaging 13.4 points, 9 rebounds, and 4.2 assists per game for the Salukis. Southern Illinois is shooting 51.2% on field goals, 74.3% on free throws, and 41.3% on three-pointers.

Southern Illinois is 1-3-1 ATS in their last 5 road games and 0-4 ATS in their last 4 games against the Big Ten. The under is 5-2 in the Southern Illinois last 7 road games against a team with a winning home record. Minnesota is 5-2 ATS in their last 7 home games and 4-9 ATS in their last 13 non-conference games. The over is 12-1 in Minnesota’s last 13 Friday games.

Minnesota will look to continue their hot start in this game, while Southern Illinois has already dropped 2 games. Minnesota has the advantage in just about every part of this matchup, and I like them at home. 

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Minnesota Golden Gophers -14

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