College Basketball Picks: Minnesota Golden Gophers vs. Penn State Nittany Lions

Minnesota Golden Gophers vs. Penn State Nittany Lions
Wednesday, 1/8/14, 7:00 PM EST
Opening Point Spread:  Minnesota PK
Current Betting Line:  Minnesota -1
Opening Total:  N/A
Current Total:  N/A
Odds Courtesy of Bookmaker

The Penn State Nittany Lions have dropped back-to-back games

The Penn State Nittany Lions have dropped back-to-back games

Minnesota has won seven of its last eight games, including an 82-79 victory over the Purdue Boilermakers as 7.5-point home favorites last time out, while going OVER the betting total for the first time in three contests.  The Golden Gophers are playing just their second true road game of the 2013-14 campaign, which is important to consider when making your college basketball betting picks.  The team leads the Big Ten Conference in steals per game and free throw percentage, while ranking fourth in assists and turnover margin.  Minnesota is 2-9 ATS in its last 11 road games.

The Golden Gophers knocked down 11-of-24 attempts from beyond the arc last time out, which is important to consider when looking over the college basketball odds page.  Minnesota has three players averaging in double figures, with guard Andre Hollins leading the charge at 15.9 points a contest.  He was named to the John R. Wooden Award Preseason list as one of the nation’s top players coming in.

Penn State has dropped back-to-back games, including a 75-55 setback to the Illinois Fighting Illini as 8.5-point road underdogs last time out, while going UNDER the betting total in each of those affairs.  The Nittany Lions have five players scoring in double figures after 15 games, with the team averaging 78.3 points per game.  It’s important to point out that the starting unit accounts for 81 percent of the team’s offense.  Penn State is 8-3 ATS in its last 11 games following a loss.

The Nittany Lions are led by the guard combination of Tim Frazier and D.J. Newbill, who rank seventh and second respectively in the Big Ten in scoring.  Penn State is 10-29 SU all-time in this series—dropping the last two meetings.  The program’s last wins in this matchup came in a season sweep in 2010-11 by identical 66-63 scores.

Sports bettors will likely play the total, as the OVER is 7-1 in the last eight meetings at this venue.

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