Georgia Southern Eagles vs. Minnesota Golden Gophers, NCAA College Basketball Betting, Las Vegas Odds, Picks and Prediction

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GEORGIA SOUTHERN EAGLES MINNESOTA GOLDEN GOPHERS
4-4 December 9, 9:00 PM | Williams Arena 8-1
When: 9:00 PM ET, Friday, December 9, 2016
Where: Williams Arena, Minneapolis, Minnesota
TV: 9 p.m. ET, Big Ten Network
Team / Live in game Betting at bovada-logo-top-book Spread Money Line Total
Georgia Southern Eagles +13 -105 +750 144 -110
Minnesota Golden Gophers -13 -115 -1100 144 -110
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 The fans at Williams Arena will be treated to a game between the Georgia Southern Eagles and the Minnesota Golden Gophers when they take their seats on Friday.
ABOUT GEORGIA SOUTHERN (4-4): The Eagles have wins in three of their last five games, which coincides with junior guard Mike Hughes returning from a three-game suspension for violating team rules to start the season. Hughes has given coach Mark Byington more experience in the backcourt as well as last year’s Sun Belt Defensive Player of the Year. Hughes is scoring 11.2 points and hitting more than two 3-pointers a game, helping to stretch to floor and taking some pressure off fellow sharpshooter Jake Allsmiller (21 3-pointers in eight games) to be the only outside threat.

ABOUT MINNESOTA (8-1): Defense has been the biggest reason for Minnesota’s success this season, with the Golden Gophers holding opponents to 35.8 percent shooting from the field, best in the Big Ten and eighth nationally. The presence of Lynch has helped the Gophers average 6.9 blocks, also best in the conference and eighth nationally, allowing Minnesota defenders to take more chances on the perimeter. Throw in the team’s average of 30.6 defensive rebounds — 10th in the country — and it’s easy to see why the Gophers’ defense is so much better this season.

bovada-logo-top-book currently has the Golden Gophers listed as 13-point favorites versus the Eagles, while the game’s total is sitting at 144 according to MyBookie-White logo -70x40.

Minnesota won its last outing, a 74-68 result against Highlanders on December 06. They failed to cover in that game as a -18-point favorite.

Minnesota looks to continue its early-season roll when it hosts Georgia Southern in a non-conference matchup on Friday night. The Golden Gophers are off to an 8-1 start, already matching last year’s win total, while the Eagles come in having won three of four, dropping a three-point game to FGCU on Sunday.

Coach Richard Pitino’s squad has been rolling for much of this season, integrating newcomers like freshman leading scorer Amir Coffey (13.8 points) and transfer center Reggie Lynch (8.2 points, 3.8 blocks) with the core of last year’s squad. Junior guard Nate Mason (12.8 points, 4.8 assists) has been steady at the point, while forward Jordan Murphy (9.9 points, 7.9 rebounds) has continued to build on a standout freshman campaign. The Gophers have shown a chemistry that helps them pull out close games — like their last outing against New Jersey Tech — which was a major problem for the team a year ago. Sophomore forward Ike Smith leads the Georgia Southern attack, averaging 21.4 points and shooting 54.8 percent from the field, while sophomore guard Tookie Brown contributes 14.9 points and four assists per game.

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Georgia Southern:
Team record: 4-4 SU,2-2 ATS
Georgia Southern is 2-6 SU in its last 8 games on the road

Minnesota:
Team record: 8-1 SU,5-3 ATS
Minnesota is 8-1 SU in its last 9 games
The total has gone UNDER in 4 of Minnesota’s last 5 games
Minnesota is 5-0 SU in its last 5 games at home

Next up:
Georgia Southern at Florida Gulf Coast Tuesday, December 13
Minnesota home to Northern Illinois Sunday, December 11

KEY NOTES
1. Mason scored his 800th career point in Tuesday’s win over NJIT while sophomore Dupree McBrayer broke the 250-point plateau in the same contest.
2. Pitino has been able to be consistent with his lineup this year, using the same starting five in eight of nine contests.
3. Minnesota G Akeem Springs put up a career-high 10 3-pointers against NJIT, hitting four of them and scoring a season-high 19 points.

Vegas Coverage pick and prediction:
Picks: Minnesota Golden Gophers will cover the spread at -13 and the game will go over 144 points, according to scamdicappers scamdicappers.com
PREDICTION: Minnesota 83, Georgia Southern 68 at bovada-logo-top-book betnow-vegas-coverage.

SMART CHART
GASOU TEAM MINN
78.6 PTS FOR 75.7
71.9 PTS AGNST 66.0
6.8 DIFF. 9.7
23.4 DEF REBOUNDS 30.6
13.0 OFF REBOUNDS 10.2
44.5 FG% 43.8
64.0 FT% 68.1
8.6 3 POINTERS 6.2
7.5 STEALS 5.0
INJURIES
GEORGIA SOUTHERN
PLAYER POS DESCRIPTION
No Injuries to report.
MINNESOTA
PLAYER POS DESCRIPTION
No Injuries to report.
BETTING TRENDS
GEORGIA SOUTHERN
Georgia Southern is 2-6 SU in its last 8 games on the road
MINNESOTA
The total has gone UNDER in 4 of Minnesota’s last 5 games
Minnesota is 8-1 SU in its last 9 games
Minnesota is 5-0 SU in its last 5 games at home
SUPERGRID
RANK RANK
Georgia Southern’s Overall Scoring vs Minnesota’s Overall Defense 78.6 86 66.0 77
Georgia Southern’s Away Scoring vs Minnesota’s Home Defense 78.0 48 64.9 125
Georgia Southern’s Road Rebounds vs Minnesota’s Home Rebounds Allowed 38.6 59 39.1 319
Minnesota’s Overall Scoring vs Georgia Southern’s Overall Defense 75.7 138 71.9 186
Minnesota’s Home Scoring vs Georgia Southern’s Road Defense 76.8 207 76.6 192
Minnesota’s Home Rebounds vs Georgia Southern’s Road Rebounds Allowed 41.5 68 38.8 251
POWER STATS
SHOOTING PERCENTAGE
TEAM OFF DEF DIFF
GASOU 44.5 43.7 0.9
MINN 43.8 35.8 8.1
REBOUNDING
TEAM OFF DEF TOTAL
GASOU 13.0 23.4 36.4
MINN 10.2 30.6 40.8
ASSIST/TURNOVER RATIO
TEAM ASSISTS TURNOVERS RATIO
GASOU 11.3 10.8 1.0
MINN 14.7 12.6 1.2

 

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