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Michigan State vs. Minnesota - 2/9/19 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Game
Minnesota at Michigan State
Date & Time Saturday February 9, 2019, 2:00 PM (EST)
Location
Breslin Center
East Lansing, Michigan
The Line
The Line: Michigan State -14 -- Over/Under: 145.5
TV Channel
ESPN
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NCAA BB | Minnesota at Michigan State
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The Minnesota Golden Gophers and Michigan State Spartans meet Saturday in college basketball action at the Breslin Center.

The Minnesota Golden Gophers could use a win after splitting their last 10 games. The Minnesota Golden Gophers are averaging 73.3 points on 44.2 percent shooting and allowing 69.7 points on 43.5 percent shooting. Amir Coffey is averaging 15.8 points and 2.9 assists while Jordan Murphy is averaging 14.9 points and 12.1 rebounds. Daniel Oturu is the third double-digit scorer and Gabe Kalscheur is grabbing two rebounds. The Minnesota Golden Gophers are shooting 30.4 percent from beyond the arc and 68.4 percent from the free throw line. The Minnesota Golden Gophers are allowing 33.9 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 38.1 rebounds per game. The Minnesota Golden Gophers have lost five of their last six road games.

The Michigan State Spartans need a victory here to snap a three-game losing streak. The Michigan State Spartans are averaging 82 points on 49.4 percent shooting and allowing 67.5 points on 37.1 percent shooting. Cassius Winston is averaging 18.9 points and 7.3 assists while Nick Ward is averaging 15.2 points and 6.6 rebounds. Joshua Langford is the third double-digit scorer and Xavier Tillman is dishing 1.9 assists. The Michigan State Spartans are shooting 38.4 percent from beyond the arc and 72.8 percent from the free throw line. The Michigan State Spartans are allowing 31.7 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 42.2 rebounds per game. The Michigan State Spartans have won six of their last seven home games.

The Golden Gophers are 5-12 ATS in their last 17 road games, 4-1 ATS in their last 5 vs. Big Ten and 4-1 ATS in their last 5 games overall. The Spartans are 5-1 ATS in their last 6 home games, 9-3 ATS in their last 12 vs. Big Ten and 15-5 ATS in their last 20 games overall. The Golden Gophers are 1-5 ATS in the last 6 meetings in Michigan St and 6-14 ATS in the last 20 meetings. The under is 6-2 in Spartans last 8 overall. The under is 8-1-1 in Golden Gophers last 10 road games.

The Minnesota Golden Gophers are a talented team that can compete with most teams when everything is going well, but they're hot and cold lately and are losing by an average of 10.7 points on the road this season. The Michigan State Spartans are winning games at home by an average of 24.4 points and are a lights out 13-4 ATS this season when a favorite of at least five points. Michigan State has also been one of the more profitable teams in the country this season overall with a 16-7 ATS record. Numbers and trends don't always tell the whole story, but I have to lean Spartans in this contest.

Pick:
Michigan State -14

Randy Chambers has been with Sports Chat Place since 2014 and covers everything from the NFL to WNBA and tennis. Nobody works harder in this business in terms of content produced and amount of sports covered. Formerly a lead college football writer with Bleacher Report and has had his work featured at Fox Sports, CBS Sports and various other outlets.

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