Florida State Seminoles vs. Minnesota Golden Gophers - 11/28/16 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction
Minnesota Golden Gophers (6-0) at Florida State Seminoles (5-1)
College Basketball: Monday, November 28, 2016 at 7:00 pm (Tucker Center)
The Line: Florida State Seminoles -8 -- Over/Under: See the Latest Odds
The Minnesota Golden Gophers put their undefeated record on the line when they take on the 25th-ranked Florida State Seminoles as part of the ACC/Big Ten Challenge.
The Minnesota Golden Gophers look to remain hot after a strong 6-game winning streak to open the season. Minnesota closed out the Golden Gopher Showcase with a 57-45 win over Southern Illinois. Amir Coffey, who is the team’s leading scorer, led the team once again with 13 points on 6 of 9 from the floor with a 3-pointer, while Dupree McBrayer and Nate Mason followed behind with 11 points a piece, as they were the only 3 players to hit double figures scoring for Minnesota. Eric Curry fell just 2 points shy of joining the group and posting a double-double in the process, but ended up with 8 points and a game-high 11 rebounds in the win. Amir Coffey leads Minnesota with 15.8 points per game, Jordan Murphy is averaging a team-high 7.8 boards per game, and Nate Mason is the Golden Gophers’ leading passer, dishing out 5.5 assists per game. As a team, Minnesota is scoring 80.7 points per game on 47% from the field, 33.3% from 3-point range and 69.6% from the free throw line.
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The 25th-ranked Florida State Seminoles look to remain hot after winning 5 of their first 6 games to start the year, with their most recent outing resulting in a 72-61 victory over Illinois in the consolation game of the NIT Tip-Off tournament. FSU’s leading scorer, Dwayne Bacon, led the Seminoles with 17 points on 6 of 13 shooting with 3 threes. Jonathan Isaac came in 2nd, with an extremely efficient 15 points of 6 of 7 from the floor with 3 threes of his own to go along with a team-high 7 rebounds. CJ Walker and Xavier Rathan-Mayes put up 13 and 10 points respectively as the 4 FSU players to hit double digits in scoring on the night. Dwayne Bacon leads FSU with 18.2 points per game, Jonathan Isaac is the team’s top rebounder with 6.3 rebounds per game and Xavier Rathan-Mayes leads the Seminoles with 5 assists per game. As a team, Florida State is putting up the 13th-most points per game at 90.8 points, on 52.6% from the field, the 6th-best percentage in the country. FSU is also making 35.2% of their field goal attempts from the floor and 70.2% from the charity stripe.
Minnesota is 4-1 ATS in their last 5 vs. the ACC and 4-10 ATS in their last 14 non-conference games while the over is 11-4 in their last 15 road games. Florida State is 6-1 ATS in their last 7 home games and 7-3 ATS in their last 10 games overall while the over is 4-1 in their last 5 non-conference games.
Florida State is a decent-sized favourite here but I’m not sure why the line is where it is. Minnesota is the undefeated team out of the two, and they have won their last 5 matchups in the ACC/Big Ten challenge, including back-to-back games against Florida State from 2012 and 2013.
Florida State could win this one but the value is too much to pass up on Minnesota and the points.