Minnesota vs. Indiana - 1/6/18 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction
Indiana Hoosiers (8-7) at Minnesota Golden Gophers (13-3)
College Basketball: Saturday, January 6, 2018 at 5:15 pm (Williams Arena)
The Line: Minnesota Golden Gophers -7 -- Over/Under: See the Latest Odds
We have some Big Ten college basketball action on tap Saturday evening, as the Indiana Hoosiers take on the Minnesota Golden Gophers.
The Indiana Hoosiers will look to get back to .500 in Big Ten play after falling to Wisconsin in their last outing by a final score of 71-61. Collin Hartman led the team with 18 points on 6 of 10 shooting with 4 threes. Juwan Morgan came 2nd with 17 points on 7 of 9 shooting with 4 steals and a share of the team-high with 4 rebounds, while Robert Johnson added 14 points with a team-high 5 assists and a pair of steals. Morgan leads the team with an average of 15.4 points and 7 rebounds per game while Josh Newark leads the team in assists with 2.9 helpers per game this season. As a team, Indiana is scoring 74.7 points per game on 46.9% shooting from the field, 30.5% from behind the arc and 66.9% from the foul line this season.
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The Minnesota Golden Gophers will look to stay above .500 in Big Ten play and build on their current 5 game winning streak after a 77-67 win over Illinois in their last outing. Jordan Murphy and Nate Mason tied for the team lead with 17 points apiece. Murphy matched his scoring with a game-high 17 rebounds for a huge double-double, while Mason went 6 of 13 from the floor with 3 threes along with a team-high 6 assists and 3 steals. Amir Coffey came right behind with 16 points on 6 of 9 shooting with a pair of triples, while Dupree McBrayer added 12 points. Reggie Lynch added 11 points with 12 rebounds and a whopping 7 blocks for the double-double to round out the scoring in double digits for the Gophers in the win. Murphy leads the team by averaging a double-double per game with 19 points and 12.9 rebounds per game, while Mason is the team’s leading assist man with 4.3 assists per game this season. As a team, Minnesota is scoring 83.4 points per game on 45.9% shooting from the field, 35.2% from behind the arc and 71.2% from the foul line this season.
Indiana is 3-9 ATS in their last 12 games against a team with a winning record and 1-6 ATS in their last 7 road games while the under is 4-0 in their last 4 conference matchups. Minnesota is 10-4 ATS in their last 14 conference matchups and 2-5 ATS in their last 7 games overall while the under is 4-1 in their last 5 games following a win. Indiana is 2-5 ATS in the last 7 meetings between these two teams.
This pick to me is quite simple. Minnesota comes into this one in much better form and have had the bulk of the success ATS when playing the Hoosiers. Indiana hasn’t covered in any of their 4 road games this season and just look like a team destined for the bottom of the Big Ten, so I’ll lay the points in a game I see the Gophers winning by double digits.