Minnesota vs. North Dakota - 12/8/14 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction
North Dakota Sioux (3-4) at Minnesota Golden Gophers (6-2)
College Basketball: Monday, December 8, 2014 at 9:00 pm (Williams Arena)
The Line: Minnesota Golden Gophers -21.5 -- Over/Under: See the Latest Odds
The North Dakota Sioux and Minnesota Golden Gophers play Monday night at the Williams Arena.
The North Dakota Sioux have split their last four games and will play their fifth true road game. On the season, North Dakota is averaging 62.5 points on 41.2 percent shooting and is allowing 72.7 points on 49.8 percent shooting. Jaron Nash is averaging 13.9 points and 8.7 rebounds while Estan Tyler is averaging 12.6 points on 40.4 percent shooting. Quinton Hooker is averaging 2.4 assists per game and Terrel de Rouen is shooting 49 percent from the field. The North Dakota Sioux aren’t a deep offensive team at all, having just two players averaging double-digit points and scoring 63 or less points in four of their last seven games. North Dakota is also averaging just 31.6 rebounds per game and is forcing 13.3 turnovers per contest, which includes eight steals.
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The Minnesota Golden Gophers have won three straight and need to keep the ball rolling. On the season, Minnesota is averaging 72.6 points on 43.7 percent shooting and is allowing 64.4 points on 41 percent shooting. Andre Hollins is averaging 14 points and 4.3 rebounds while Carlos Morris is averaging 11.6 points on 43.2 percent shooting. Maurice Walker is grabbing five rebounds per game and DeAndre Mathieu is averaging 5.5 assists. The Minnesota Golden Gophers are a quick paced offensive team that’s averaging more than 60 shots and shooting a cool 40.3 percent from beyond the arc. Defensively, Minnesota is forcing 20 turnovers per game and holding teams to 31.5 percent shooting from deep.
The Sioux are 4-9 ATS in their last 13 non-conference games and 0-4 ATS in their last 4 games vs. a team with a winning S.U. record. The Golden Gophers are 9-3 ATS in their last 12 home games and 7-2-1 ATS in their last 10 games overall.
The North Dakota Sioux aren't deep enough on either side of the ball to hang with the feisty play of Minnesota at home. Look for the Golden Gophers to win in a blowout.