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Minnesota vs Rutgers Basketball Picks 2-18-24

Rutgers Scarlet Knights (14-10) vs. Minnesota Golden Gophers (15-9)
February 18, 2024 6:30 pm EDT
The Line: Minnesota Golden Gophers -4.5; Over/Under: +131.5
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The Rutgers Scarlet Knights will play the Minnesota Golden Gophers in a Big Ten game on Sunday night at Williams Arena in Minneapolis, Minnesota. Rutgers has won four games in a row, while Minnesota is on a two game losing streak. Let’s take a look at the betting matchup and the Rutgers vs Minnesota prediction. 

Rutgers Preview

The Rutgers Scarlet Knights are 14-10 (6-7) this year after they defeated Northwestern by a score of 63-60 in their last game. Rutgers trailed 34-27 at halftime, but they out scored NW by a total of 36-26 in the second half in the win. The Scarlet Knights shot 39.6% from the field and were -3 in rebounding margin in the game. Rutgers has also defeated Wisconsin, Maryland, and Michigan during this winning streak. The Scarlet Knights are scoring 66.8 points per game with 38.7 rebounds per game and 11.9 assists per game, while giving up 64.8 points against per game this year. Aundre Hyatt is averaging 11.3 points per game, 4.9 rebounds per game, and 1.3 assists per game. Rutgers is shooting 39.1% from the field, 65.7% on free throws, and 29.4% on three pointers this season.

Minnesota Preview

The Minnesota Golden Gophers are 15-9 (6-7) this season after they lost to Purdue by a score of 84-76 in their last game. Minnesota led 43-35 at the half, but was out scored 49-33 in the second half for the loss. The Golden Gophers are scoring 44.1% from the field and made 12 three pointers in the game. Minnesota lost to Iowa by a score of 90-85 in the game prior to Purdue, but did win the previous three games. The Golden Gophers are scoring 76.1 points per game with 36.4 rebounds per game and 18.4 assists per game, while allowing 69.3 points against per game this season. Dawson Garcia is averaging 17.6 points per game, 6.4 rebounds per game, and 2.0 assists per game. Minnesota is shooting 47.4% from the field, 68.3% on free throws, and 35.3% on three pointers this year. 

Rutgers vs Minnesota Betting Prediction

These two teams are tied in the Big Ten standings with 6-7 records and both teams really need this win, as they try to stay in the NCAA Tournament conversation. Minnesota has lost a couple of heart breaking games lately, but they will be back at home here, where they have been solid. Rutgers is looking for their fifth straight win and they are coming off of two great wins against Northwestern and Wisconsin. The Scarlet Knights are only shooting 39.1% from the field and they love to slow the pace down and get into lower scoring games. Take the under here. 

David Racey's Free Pick: Under 131.5

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David Racey

David started writing about sports in 2015, but sports has been his passion for as long as he can remember. David spends most of his free time watching pretty much anything sports related from Baseball to Tennis and everything in between. David likes to analyze statistics and recent results to form an unbiased opinion on whatever game he is breaking down. Follow David on Twitter at @itsyerboi41

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