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Minnesota vs. Penn State - 1/19/19 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Game
Penn State at Minnesota
Date & Time Saturday January 19, 2019, 8:30 PM (EST)
Location
Williams Arena
Minneapolis, Minnesota
The Line
The Line: Minnesota -4.5 -- Over/Under: 138
TV Channel
BTN
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The Penn State Nittany Lions and Minnesota Golden Gophers meet Saturday in college basketball action at the Williams Arena.

The Penn State Nittany Lions need a win here to snap a five-game losing streak. The Penn State Nittany Lions are averaging 68 points on 41.2 percent shooting and allowing 68.3 points on 45.4 percent shooting. Lamar Stevens is averaging 18.1 points and eight rebounds while Rasir Bolton is averaging 12.1 points and 1.5 assists. Josh Reaves is the third double-digit scorer and Myles Dread is dishing 1.3 assists. The Penn State Nittany Lions are shooting 31 percent from beyond the arc and 67.5 percent from the free throw line. The Penn State Nittany Lions are allowing 35.4 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 36.6 rebounds per game. The Penn State Nittany Lions have lost five of their last six road games.

The Minnesota Golden Gophers look for another win after winning six of their last eight games. The Minnesota Golden Gophers are averaging 74.9 points on 44.2 percent shooting and allowing 69.9 points on 43.7 percent shooting. Amir Coffey is averaging 15.9 points and 3.1 assists while Jordan Murphy is averaging 14.4 points and 11.6 rebounds. Dupree McBrayer is the third double-digit scorer and Daniel Oturu is grabbing 7.8 rebounds. The Minnesota Golden Gophers are shooting 32 percent from beyond the arc and 66.8 percent from the free throw line. The Minnesota Golden Gophers are allowing 35.2 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 38.6 rebounds per game. The Minnesota Golden Gophers have won eight fo their last nine home games.

The Nittany Lions are 1-6 ATS in their last 7 vs. Big Ten, 1-5-1 ATS in their last 7 road games and 2-9-1 ATS in their last 12 games overall. The Golden Gophers are 2-5 ATS in their last 7 Saturday games, 6-16 ATS in their last 22 vs. Big Ten and 2-6 ATS in their last 8 games overall. The Nittany Lions are 1-4 ATS in the last 5 meetings in Minnesota and the home team is 6-2 ATS in the last 8 meetings. The over is 4-1-1 in Golden Gophers last 6 vs. Big Ten. The under is 5-2 in Nittany Lions last 7 overall.

The Penn State Nittany Lions used to be a gritty team that could hang around in games they weren't supposed to and cash some nice bets for you. This year, Penn State is just 5-12-1 ATS overall and 2-6 ATS as an underdog. On thread this season, Penn State is shooting just 38.9 percent from the field and losing by an average of 7.4 points. The Barn is one of the tougher venues to play at for a visiting team and Minnesota is winning by an average of 11.6 points this season, as the offense comes to life. I'll lay the chalk with the Minnesota Golden Gophers at home.

Pick:
Minnesota -4.5

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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