Northern Illinois Huskies vs. Minnesota Golden Gophers, Sunday, NCAA Hoops Betting, Las Vegas Odds, Picks and Prediction

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4-4 December 11, 5:00 PM | Williams Arena 9-1
When: 5:00 PM ET, Sunday, December 11, 2016
Where: Williams Arena, Minneapolis, Minnesota
TV: 5 p.m. ET, Big Ten Network
Team / Live in game Betting at bovada-logo-top-book Spread MoneyLine Total
Northern Illinois Huskies +15 -105 136.5 -110
Minnesota Golden Gophers -15 -115 136.5 -110
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The Northern Illinois Huskies and the Minnesota Golden Gophers will both be gunning for a victory on Sunday when they meet at Williams Arena.

ABOUT NORTHERN ILLINOIS (4-4): He may be the fourth-leading scorer on the Huskies, but Laytwan Porter may be the most important player for coach Mark Montgomery. Porter leads Northern Illinois in assists per game (3) and 3-point shooting (57.1 percent) but has struggled with foul trouble, fouling out twice in eight contests. With Maric and Jaylen Key scoring on the interior, Porter gives the Huskies a steady shooter that can stretch defenses or make opponents pay for double-teaming in the paint.

ABOUT MINNESOTA (9-1): Yes, the Golden Gophers are 9-1, but they could be better, and may be getting there as Akeem Springs becomes more consistent. The senior guard had gone back and forth, scoring in double figures one game and single digits the next, through the first nine games of the season. But Springs followed a 19-point effort against New Jersey Tech with a 16-point outing in a win Friday over Georgia Southern, showing he could be getting adjusted to his role as a scorer off the bench for the Gophers, giving Pitino even more offensive firepower.

bovada-logo-top-book currently has the Golden Gophers listed as 15-point favorites versus the Huskies, while the game’s total is sitting at 136.5 according to MyBookie-White logo -70x40.

Last time out for Minnesota, they were a 86-49 winner as they battled Eagles at home. They covered in the match as a -13-point favorite.

Minnesota looks to continue its dominance against its non-conference competition when the Golden Gophers host Northern Illinois for a Sunday contest. Richard Pitino’s squad has already surpassed its win total for the entire 2015-16 season, while the Huskies come in rested, having taken an 11-day break from competition for finals.

The Gophers continue to come together as a team despite having a number of new faces this year, with the team’s 23 assists in Friday’s win over Georgia Southern being a season high. Freshman Amir Coffey leads a very balanced Minnesota offense, averaging 13 points, with Nate Mason just behind him at 12.9 points a game. A big key to the Gophers’ success is the team’s defense, as they hold opponents to 35.2 percent shooting from the floor, including 27.2 percent from 3-point range. Senior center Marin Maric paces the Huskies’ offense with his 14.6 point average, while guard Aaric Armstead plays bigger than his 6-5 frame, leading the team with 6.8 rebounds a game while averaging 11.5 points.

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Northern Illinois:
Team record: 4-4 SU,3-4 ATS
Northern Illinois is 1-4 SU in its last 5 games
Northern Illinois is 3-8 ATS in its last 11 games on the road
Northern Illinois is 0-5 SU in its last 5 games on the road

Team record: 9-1 SU,6-3 ATS
Current Streak: won 3 straight games.
Minnesota is 4-2 ATS in its last 6 games
Minnesota is 9-1 SU in its last 10 games
The total has gone UNDER in 5 of Minnesota’s last 6 games

Next up:
Northern Illinois home to Olivet Nazarene Wednesday, December 14
Minnesota home to LIU-Brooklyn Wednesday, December 14

1. Northern Illinois is looking for its first victory over a Big Ten opponent since a December 1999 win over Wisconsin.
2. Minnesota G Dupree McBrayer matched his season high with 18 points in the win over Georgia Southern.
3. The Golden Gophers hit a season-best 12 3-pointers in beating Georgia Southern.

Vegas Coverage pick and prediction:
Picks: Northern Illinois Huskies will cover the spread at +15 and the game will go over 136.5 points, according to scamdicappers
PREDICTION: Minnesota 82, Northern Illinois 72 at bovada-logo-top-book betnow-vegas-coverage.

76.5 PTS FOR 76.7
70.4 PTS AGNST 64.3
6.1 DIFF. 12.4
26.4 DEF REBOUNDS 31.0
14.1 OFF REBOUNDS 11.0
43.7 FG% 43.8
69.7 FT% 67.8
5.3 3 POINTERS 6.8
6.5 STEALS 5.5
No Injuries to report.
No Injuries to report.
The total has gone UNDER in 4 of Northern Illinois’s last 6 games on the road
Northern Illinois is 0-5 SU in its last 5 games on the road
Northern Illinois is 3-8 ATS in its last 11 games on the road
The total has gone UNDER in 5 of Minnesota’s last 6 games
Minnesota is 9-1 SU in its last 10 games
The total has gone UNDER in 4 of Minnesota’s last 5 games at home
Minnesota is 5-0 SU in its last 5 games at home
Northern Illinois’s Overall Scoring vs Minnesota’s Overall Defense 76.5 126 64.3 49
Northern Illinois’s Away Scoring vs Minnesota’s Home Defense 67.0 212 63.1 106
Northern Illinois’s Road Rebounds vs Minnesota’s Home Rebounds Allowed 43.5 10 38.9 320
Minnesota’s Overall Scoring vs Northern Illinois’s Overall Defense 76.7 120 70.4 159
Minnesota’s Home Scoring vs Northern Illinois’s Road Defense 77.8 189 73.5 137
Minnesota’s Home Rebounds vs Northern Illinois’s Road Rebounds Allowed 42.8 47 38.0 213
N.ILL 43.7 43.0 0.7
MINN 43.8 35.2 8.6
N.ILL 14.1 26.4 40.5
MINN 11.0 31.0 42.0
N.ILL 11.6 14.0 0.8
MINN 15.5 12.2 1.3


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