College Basketball Predictions: Minnesota Golden Gophers vs. Michigan State Spartans

Minnesota Golden Gophers vs. Michigan State Spartans
Saturday, 1/11/14, 2:15 PM EST
Opening Point Spread:  Michigan State -11
Current Betting Line:  Michigan State -11
Opening Total:  N/A
Current Total:  N/A
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The Michigan State Spartans are 26-9 SU against the Minnesota Golden Gophers under head coach Tom Izzo

The Michigan State Spartans are 26-9 SU against the Minnesota Golden Gophers under head coach Tom Izzo

Minnesota has won back-to-back games, including a 68-65 victory over the Penn State Nittany Lions as 1.5-point road favorites Wednesday, while going UNDER the betting total for the third time in four contests.  The Golden Gophers are 5-7 SU against ranked opponents since the start of last season, including a 1-3 mark versus top-five foes, which can’t be ignored when looking over the college basketball odds page.  The program leads the league in steals per game and free throw percentage.  Minnesota is 2-0 ATS as road underdogs of 9.5 to 12 points the last two-plus seasons.

The Golden Gophers have three players averaging in double figures, with guard Andre Hollins leading the way at 15.8 points a contest.  Minnesota will need a big game from junior center Elliott Eliason to pull off the upset in this matchup, as he ranks third in the Big Ten Conference in averaging 8.5 rebounds per game.

Michigan State is 7-0 SU and 5-2 ATS over its last seven games, as it comes off a 72-68 overtime victory over the Ohio State Buckeyes as five-point home favorites Tuesday, while going OVER the betting total for the first time in four contests.  The Spartans are one of eight schools in the country with three players averaging 15 points or more, which is important to consider when making your college basketball predictions.  Sophomore guard Gary Harris is the team’s offensive leader in scoring 17.8 points a contest.  Michigan State is 9-12-2 ATS as home favorites of 9.5 to 12 points in its last 23 opportunities.

The Spartans have shot better from the field than their opponent in all but one game this season, which has been helped by averaging 18.7 assists on the season.  Michigan State has compiled a dominating 26-9 SU record against Minnesota under the direction of longtime head coach Tom Izzo.  The program is 334-47 SU all-time at the Breslin Center, including a 172-35 mark versus conference opponents.

Sports bettors will likely play the total, as the UNDER is 16-5 in the last 21 meetings in this series.

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