Minnesota vs USC Upstate Prediction Basketball Picks 11-18-23

Minnesota vs USC Upstate Prediction Basketball Picks 11-18-23 player photo
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The USC Upstate Spartans and Minnesota Golden Gophers face off on Saturday in a college basketball showdown at Williams Arena. 

Minnesota is Flat Out Awful

Minnesota might sit with a 2-1 record but don’t let that fool you, this is a bad team. I looked like Minnesota was going to dominate Missouri in the last game, but they blew thea game late and ended up 70-68. At the end of the game the Gophers didn’t run much of an offense and they couldn’t score. Dawson Garcia was the top pulsar putting up 16 points, nine rebounds, and three assists. The Gophers on the season are averaging 83.3 points while their defense is giving up 68.7 points per game. The offense is ranked 91st, and in this game they can’t go cold late in the game. 

USC Upstate Looks for Third Straight Win

USC Upstate comes into this game with a 2-2 record overall but they have won two games in a row. In the last game against East Carolina, USC Upstate scored 83 points and they ended up winning by two points. The top player for the Spartans was Trae Broadnax who finished with 20 points, six rebounds, and three assists. South Carolina Upstate is averaging 77.3 points while their defense is giving up 71.3 points per game. The defense is ranked 208th and the defense is going to need to step up in this game. 

Shane’s Free Pick

If the last game for the Gophers was only 30 minutes they would have a ton of confidence heading into this game, but the game was 40 minutes and any confidence they might have had is now shot. I don’t trust this Gophers offense and they are going to really struggle to score here. USC Upstate is going to continue their offensive success and that will be enough for them to get the job done. Back USC Upstate against the spread. 

Shane Mickle's Free Pick:USC Upstate ATS