Minnesota vs. Rutgers - 12/3/17 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction
Rutgers Scarlet Knights (6-1) at Minnesota Golden Gophers (7-1)
College Basketball: Sunday, December 3, 2017 at 6:00 pm (Williams Arena)
The Line: Minnesota Golden Gophers -14 -- Over/Under: See the Latest Odds
The Rutgers Scarlet Knights and Minnesota Golden Gophers meet Sunday in college basketball action at the Williams Arena.
The Rutgers Scarlet Knights look to build on their 6-1 record when they take to the road for the first time. The Rutgers Scarlet Knights are averaging 70.3 points on 39.7 percent shooting and allowing 53.8 points on 37.2 percent shooting. Corey Sanders is averaging 13 points and 3.7 assists while Deshawn Freeman is averaging 11.6 points and 8.9 rebounds. Geo Baker is the third double-digit scorer and Eugene Omoruyi is grabbing 5.7 rebounds. The Rutgers Scarlet Knights are shooting 28.4 percent from beyond the arc and 63.2 percent from the free throw line. The Rutgers Scarlet Knights are allowing 30.6 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 40.2 rebounds per game. The Rutgers Scarlet Knights have lost nine of their last 10 road games.
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The Minnesota Golden Gophers look for a nice Big Ten victory to build on their 7-1 start to the CBB season. The Minnesota Golden Gophers are averaging 89.5 points on 49.5 percent shooting and allowing 71.8 points on 40.6 percent shooting. Jordan Murphy is averaging 21.4 points and 12.5 rebounds while Nate Mason is averaging 13.9 points and 4.3 assists. Amir Coffey is the third double-digit scorer and Reggie Lynch is grabbing 8.5 rebounds. The Minnesota Golden Gophers are shooting 37 percent from beyond the arc and 68.5 percent from the free throw line. The Minnesota Golden Gophers are allowing 39.9 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 40.1 rebounds per game. The Minnesota Golden Gophers have won nine of their last 10 home games.
The Scarlet Knights are 8-17 ATS in their last 25 road games, 5-1 ATS in their last 6 games following a ATS loss and 16-36 ATS in their last 52 vs. Big Ten. The Golden Gophers are 4-1 ATS in their last 5 games following a ATS loss, 8-3 ATS in their last 11 vs. Big Ten and 5-2 ATS in their last 7 games overall. The favorite is 4-0 ATS in the last 4 meetings and the over is 4-1 in the last 5 meetings.
I know playing in The Barn is not easy and Minnesota is as talented as its been in years, but the Golden Gophers were also outscored five on three against Alabama and had no answers for Miami in their last game. The Rutgers Scarlet Knights got off to an impressive 6-0 start and took an athletic Florida State team down to the wire, losing by just five points. Minnesota has been a little sluggish lately, and this is a another chance for Rutgers to prove its a team to watch this season. I'll take a shot with the points as more of a fade from the Golden Gophers.