Minnesota vs. Penn State - 3/8/15 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction
Penn State Nittany Lions (15-15) at Minnesota Golden Gophers (17-13)
College Basketball: Sunday, March 8, 2015 at 1:00 pm (Williams Arena)
The Line: Minnesota Golden Gophers -8 -- Over/Under: See the Latest Odds
TV: Big Ten Network
The Penn State Nittany Lions and Minnesota Golden Gophers met Sunday at the Williams Arena.
The Penn State Nittany Lions look to snap a six-game losing streak. On the season, PSU is averaging 66.7 points on 42.2 percent shooting and is allowing 66.2 points on 40.6 percent shooting. D.J. Newbill is averaging 20.3 points and 3.1 assists while Shep Garner is averaging 9.2 points and 2.4 assists. Brandon Taylor is grabbing 5.3 rebounds and Geno Thorpe is dishing 1.3 assists. The Penn State Nittany Lions have four players averaging at least 8.6 points, and they’re shooting 69.6 percent from the line and 32.3 percent from deep. Defensively, PSU is allowing 32.7 percent shooting from beyond the arc and has given up 75 or more points in four of its last six games.
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The Minnesota Golden Gophers need a win after losing four of their last five. On the season, Minny is averaging 72.8 points on 45.6 percent shooting and is allowing 67.2 points on 43.7 percent shooting. Andre Hollins is averaging 14.3 points and four rebounds while Maurice Walker is averaging 11.5 points and 6.5 rebounds. Carlos Morris is the third double-digit scorer and Nate Mason is dishing 2.8 assists. The Minnesota Golden Gophers have five players averaging at least nine points, and they’re shooting 66.6 percent from the line and 38.2 percent from deep. Defensively, Minny is allowing 37 percent shooting from deep and has given up 72 or more points in four of its last five games.
The Nittany Lions are 5-12 ATS in their last 17 games following a ATS loss and 1-5 ATS in their last 6 games overall. The Golden Gophers are 2-6 ATS in their last 8 home games and 5-12 ATS in their last 17 games overall. The Nittany Lions are 1-4 ATS in the last 5 meetings in Minnesota and 1-5 ATS in the last 6 meetings overall.
Penn State doesn't have the depth offensively to hang with Minnesota, as it either Newbill or nothing. Take the Golden Gophers to go out on senior day with a double-digit victory.