Rutgers Scarlet Knights vs. Minnesota Golden Gophers - 1/19/20 College Basketball Pick, Odds & Prediction

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Minnesota Golden Gophers at Rutgers Scarlet Knights

Sunday, January 19, 2020 at 1:00 PM (Louis Brown Athletic Center)

RUTG -4.5 . Total 129.0

TV: BTN

The Minnesota Golden Gophers are on the road for a matchup with the Rutgers Scarlet Knights.  The Golden Gophers are (10-7), coming off a 75-69 win over Penn State.  The Scarlet Knights are (13-4), after getting past Indiana, 59-50.

In the Golden Gophers win over Penn State, Minnesota was guided on offense by Marcus Carr.  Carr connected on 7 of 17 from the floor, while hitting 10 of 11 from the foul line, registering 27 points and 9 assists.  Minnesota shot 38% from the floor and 25% from 3-point range.  The Golden Gophers out rebounded Penn State, 48 to 32.  Minnesota trailed at the half, but had a strong defensive 2nd half to collect the win.

In the Scarlet Knights win over Indiana, Rutgers was led offensively by Akwasi Yeboah.  Yeboah was 5 of 7 from the floor, making 2 foul shots, totaling 14 points and 7 rebounds.  Rutgers shot 47% from the floor and 27% from 3-point range.  The Scarlet Knights showed great strength on defense, holding Indiana to 32% from the floor.  Indiana attempted 11 more shots than Rutgers in the game.

Recent Betting Trends:

Golden Gophers are 6-2 ATS in their last 8 games.

Golden Gophers are 0-6 SU in their last 6 road games.

The over is 4-1 in Golden Gophers last 5 games.

Scarlet Knights are 8-0 ATS in their last 8 games.

Scarlet Knights are 6-0 ATS in their last 6 Big Ten games.

The under is 6-0 in Scarlet Knights last 6 games.

The tale of the Big Ten this whole year deals with the road team.  Teams in the Big Ten can't seem to win on the road, and both splits for the two teams go along with that trend.  Minnesota is 0-5 on the road, while Indiana is 12-0 at home.  Rutgers have a top 10 scoring defense, as the Scarlet Knights rank 8th in scoring defense, allowing less than 59 per game.  It is hard to put faith in a Big Ten road team, doesn't matter how good they are.  However, Rutgers is the better team here and the Scarlet Knights are at home.  Final score prediction, Rutgers will win and cover, 67-60.

Chris’s Pick RUTGERS SCARLET KNIGHTS -4.5

The pick in this article is the opinion of the writer, not a Sports Chat Place site consensus.