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Minnesota vs. Harvard - 12/30/17 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Game
Harvard Crimson (5-7) at Minnesota Golden Gophers (11-3)
Date & Time Saturday December 30, 2017, 2:00 PM (EST)
The Line
The Line: Minnesota Golden Gophers -13.5 -- Over/Under:
TV Channel
BTN
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NCAA BB | Harvard Crimson (5-7) at Minnesota Golden Gophers (11-3)
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The Harvard Crimson and Minnesota Golden Gophers meet Saturday in college basketball action at the Williams Arena.

The Harvard Crimson could use a win here after losing seven of their last 10 games. The Harvard Crimson are averaging 65.2 points on 40.6 percent shooting and allowing 69.5 points on 44.5 percent shooting. Bryce Aiken is averaging 17.6 points and 3.3 assists while Seth Towns is averaging 12.6 points and 5.1 rebounds. Chris Lewis is the third double-digit scorer and Danilo Djuricic is grabbing 3.3 rebounds. The Harvard Crimson are shooting 29.2 percent from beyond the arc and 73.5 percent from the free throw line. The Harvard Crimson are allowing 32.7 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 31.3 rebounds per game. The Harvard Crimson have lost six of their last seven road games.

The Minnesota Golden Gophers look for another win after winning seven of their last 10 games. The Minnesota Golden Gophers are averaging 85.1 points on 46.7 percent shooting and allowing 71.7 points on 40.8 percent shooting. Jordan Murphy is averaging 19.6 points and 12.6 rebounds while Nate Mason is averaging 15.5 points and 4.1 assists. Amir Coffey is the third double-digit scorer and Reggie Lynch is grabbing 7.7 rebounds. The Minnesota Golden Gophers are shooting 36.1 percent from beyond the arc and 70.8 percent from the free throw line. The Minnesota Golden Gophers are allowing 37.4 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 39.4 rebounds per game. The Minnesota Golden Gophers have won four straight home games.

The Crimson are 1-4 ATS in their last 5 Saturday games and 3-8 ATS in their last 11 games overall. The Golden Gophers are 5-2 ATS in their last 7 Saturday games, 1-4 ATS in their last 5 non-conference games and 1-4 ATS in their last 5 games overall. The over is 21-7 in Golden Gophers last 28 overall and the under is 4-1 in Crimson last 5 overall.

The Minnesota Golden Gophers seem to have their swagger back after putting together back to back blowout victories. The Harvard Crimson are in full struggle mode, losing seven of their last 10 games and consistent offense is like pulling teeth. Assuming Minnesota is here to play and isn't caught looking ahead to the Big Ten schedule, this game has the potential to get ugly. Give me the Golden Gophers in a home blowout. 

Pick:
Minnesota Golden Gophers -13.5

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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