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Minnesota vs. Niagara - 11/15/17 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Niagara Purple Eagles (1-0) at Minnesota Golden Gophers (2-0)

College Basketball: Wednesday, November 15, 2017 at 8:00 pm (Williams Arena)

The Line: Minnesota Golden Gophers -19 -- Over/Under: See the Latest Odds

TV: BTN2

Up in Minneapolis at Williams Arena on Wednesday, the Niagara Purple Eagles and the Minnesota Golden Gophers will be meeting up in college basketball activity. 

Niagara is coming off a pretty disappointing 10-23 year last season. The Eagles opened things up with a four-game losing streak, and could only string together back-to-back wins once during the year (in late January). 

Minnesota vs. Niagara - 11/15/17 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction

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The good news is that Niagara bagged a win in their opener over St. Bonaventure 77-75. In that one, Kahlil Dukes put up 23 points with three assists, a rebound and two steals, while Matt Scott put up 18 points with eight rebounds and four assists in a nice outing of his own. 

As for Minnesota, they’ve opened up their season with two straight wins, taking South Carolina Upstate 92-77 and Providence 86-74. In that Providence game, Jordan Murphy led the way for the Gophers on 23 points, 14 rebounds, two assists and three blocks. 

Through two games for Minnesota this year, Murphy is averaging 29 PPG with 14.5 RPG, and Nate Mason has 14.0 PPG and 5.5 RPG. Also in double-digits for the Gophers are Reggie Lynch (13.5 PPG; 7.5 RPG) and Amir Coffey (11.5 PPG; 4.5 RPG). 

The Purple Eagles are 8-3 ATS in their last 11 Wednesday games and 0-4 ATS in their last four games following a straight-up win. Niagara is also 0-5 ATS in their last five games following an ATS win and 0-5 ATS in their last five games versus a team with a winning straight-up record. 

Meanwhile, Minnesota is 5-2 ATS in their last seven games following a straight-up win and 9-4 ATS in their last 13 games overall. The Gophers are also 2-6 ATS in their last eight Wednesday games and 0-4 ATS in their last four home games versus a team with a winning road record. 

Niagara looked okay in their opening win, but certainly wasn’t blowing anyone away. The Eagles will struggle for a while to find an identity but do have the goods to improve over last year. As for Minnesota, there’s little doubt that they’ll win this game, but the line is fairly thick and I can see Niagara squeaking in there. I’ll take the Eagles.

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