Minnesota Golden Gophers (6-0) at Illinois Fighting Illini (4-2)
College Basketball: Tuesday, December 15, 2020 at 7:00 pm (State Farm Center)
The Line: Illinois Fighting Illini -8 -- Over/Under: 150 Click to Get Latest Betting Odds
The Minnesota Golden Gophers and the Illinois Fighting Illini meet Tuesday in college basketball action from State Farm Center.
Minnesota rolls into this one at 6-0 so far. In their last three outings, the Gophers have taken out North Dakota, Boston College and UMKC. As for Illinois, they’re 4-2 so far. The Illini are 1-2 in their last three games, with a win over Duke and losses to Baylor and Missouri. Check back all season long for free college basketball picks at Sports Chat Place.
Minnesota has had a couple of close escapes this year, but really don’t have much to complain about. The Gophers have taken wins 99-69 over Green Bay, 88-73 over LMU, 67-64 over LMU, 76-67 over North Dakota, 85-80 over Boston College and 90-61 over UMKC.
In the win over the Kangaroos, Minnesota’s top scorer was Liam Robbins on 27 points, nine rebounds and two assists. Marcus Carr managed 15 points with seven rebounds, and Both Gach chipped in with 14 points, five rebounds and three assists.
Over on the Illinois side, their season started out smoothly with wins over NC A&T 122-60, Chicago State 97-38 and Ohio 77-75. The Illini took their first loss 82-69 versus Baylor, then bounced back to beat Duke 83-68. Illinois took a tough loss to Missouri on Saturday 81-78.
In the loss to the Tigers, Illinois’ lead scorer was Ayo Dosunmu with 36 points, five rebounds and one assist. Kofi Cockburn added 19 points and six boards, and Andre Curbelo managed 14 points with four assists and four rebounds.
Illinois is 4-0 ATS in their last four Tuesday games and 1-6 ATS in their last seven versus a team with a winning straight-up record. The over is 4-0 in the Illini’s last four overall and 3-1-1 in their last five at home.
Meanwhile, Minnesota is 1-3-1 ATS in their last five overall and 2-6-2 ATS in the last 10 after a straight-up win. The Gophers are 7-18 ATS in their last 25 Tuesday games and the over is 20-9-1 in their last 30 Tuesday games.
PICK: I’m going with the Gophers here. Minnesota has been a solid offensive team all season, logging 76 or more points in five of six games. The Gophers have had a couple of close games, but for the most part they’re taking care of business on defense and keeping opponents at bay. Illinois is a great team this season, but they’ve also had a couple of “off” games. Playing Minnesota will be a good opportunity for us to gauge where the Illini stand right now, and this one could be a trap game if Illinois isn’t focused.