Wisconsin-Green Bay Phoenix (0-0) at Minnesota Golden Gophers (0-0)
College Basketball: Wednesday, November 25, 2020 at 7:00 pm (Williams Arena)
The Line: Minnesota Golden Gophers -19 -- Over/Under: 148.5 Click to Get Latest Betting Odds
The Green Bay Phoenix and the Minnesota Golden Gophers meet Wednesday in college basketball action from Williams Arena.
Green Bay managed to go 17-16 last season and 11-7 in Horizon League play. The Phoenix finished in third place in the conference with that mark. As for Minnesota, they went 15-16 last season and 8-12 in a tough Big Ten. The Gophers finished just two spots out of last place with that finish. Check back all season long for free college basketball picks at Sports Chat Place.
Green Bay flirted with a .500 record for most of the campaign last year but couldn’t get over the proverbial hump. There were some big wins mixed in there—like Ohio State and Michigan—but for the most part the Phoenix couldn’t sustain any runs and only won more than two consecutive games once.
This season, Green Bay will have a new look with just one returning starter and a new head coach in Will Ryan. The good news is that Horizon League Freshman of the Year Amari Davis is back after breaking the school’s all-time freshman scoring record. Davis posted 15.9 points and 4.0 rebounds per game last year alongside a .514 field goal percentage.
Over on the Minnesota side, they had trouble sustaining any success last season as well, and the campaign was filled with ups and downs almost every game. The Gophers were 12-10 in early February, but finished off the regular season losing six of their last eight games. Minnesota also won their Big Ten Tournament game against Northwestern.
The bad news for Minnesota heading into this season is the absence of center Daniel Oturu, who posted 20.1 points, 11.3 rebounds and 2.5 blocks per game. Starting wing Payton Willis (8.6 PPG) and Alihan Demir (7.1 PPG) are gone as well. The Gophers do have some intriguing names left however, like Marcus Carr (15.4 PPG) and a handful of transfers like Liam Robbins and Brandon Johnson.
Green Bay is 4-1 ATS in their last five Wednesday games and the over is 12-5 in their last 17 road games. The over is 5-1 in the Phoenix’s last six Wednesday games and 12-5 in their last 17 road games.
Meanwhile, the Gophers are 4-1-1 ATS in their last six overall and 13-6-1 ATS in their last 20 home games. Minnesota is 13-4 ATS in their last 17 as a favorite and the over is 5-1 in their last six overall.
PICK: I’m sticking with Minnesota. Granted, Green Bay gets an immediate boost by retaining their best player, and it will be interesting to see what Davis can do this year. That said, with a host of new faces on the Phoenix roster, there’s no telling what we’ll get through the first few games as the team develops chemistry on the court. The Gophers should have plenty of talent to step forward this year and I think they’ll do well in the opener.