Minnesota vs. Michigan State - 1/2/16 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction
Michigan State Spartans (13-1) at Minnesota Golden Gophers (6-7)
College Basketball: Saturday, January 2, 2016 at 3:00 pm (Williams Arena)
The Line: Minnesota Golden Gophers +10 -- Over/Under: See the Latest Odds
The Michigan State Spartans and Minnesota Golden Gophers meet Saturday at the Williams Arena.
The Michigan State Spartans look for their second road win after a 13-1 start to the year. The Michigan State Spartans are averaging 80.4 points on 48.7 percent shooting and allowing 61.4 points on 36.2 percent shooting. Bryn Forbes is averaging 13.4 points and 2.2 rebounds while Eron Harris is averaging 9.4 points and 2.4 assists. Matt Costello is grabbing 6.4 rebounds and Lourawls Nairn Jr. is dishing 4.3 assists. The Michigan State Spartans are shooting 39.3 percent from beyond the arc and 71 percent from the free throw line. MSU is allowing 27.5 percent shooting from deep and is grabbing 43.6 rebounds per game. The Michigan State Spartans have won six of their last eight road games.
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The Minnesota Golden Gophers need a nice win after losing five of their last six games. The Minnesota Golden Gophers are averaging 72.8 points on 41.2 percent shooting and allowing 72.8 points on 43 percent shooting. Joey King is averaging 13.2 points and 3.6 rebounds while Nate Mason is averaging 12.3 points and 4.2 assists. Carlos Morris is grabbing 4.8 rebounds and Kevin Dorsey is dishing 1.3 assists. The Minnesota Golden Gophers are shooting 34.2 percent from beyond the arc and 71.7 percent from the free throw line. Minnesota is allowing 38 percent shooting from deep and is grabbing 36.4 rebounds per game. The Minnesota Golden Gophers have split their last 10 home games.
The Spartans are 11-5 ATS in their last 16 road games and 4-1 ATS in their last 5 games following a ATS loss. The Golden Gophers are 1-5 ATS in their last 6 home games and 8-23 ATS in their last 31 games overall. The Spartans are 11-4 ATS in the last 15 meetings.
Minnesota has been awful to start the season but is at home and does play a pressure defense that can turn the tide a bit. Also, I'm not sure how much I trust the Spartans without Denzel Valentine. Give me the points.