Minnesota Golden Gophers vs. Penn State Nittany Lions, NCAA Basketball Betting, Las Vegas Odds, Picks and Prediction

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MINNESOTA GOLDEN GOPHERS PENN STATE NITTANY LIONS
15-3 January 14, 12:00 PM | Bryce Jordan Center 10-7
When: 12:00 PM ET, Saturday, January 14, 2017
Where: Bryce Jordan Center, University Park, Pennsylvania
TV: Noon ET, ESPNU
Team / Live in game Betting at bovada-logo-top-book Spread Money Line Total
 Minnesota Golden Gophers  +1.5 -110 +105 143 -110
 Penn State Nittany Lions  -1.5 -110  -125 143 -110
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The Minnesota Golden Gophers and the Penn State Nittany Lions will both be trying to pick up a win on Saturday when they battle at Bryce Jordan Center.

ABOUT MINNESOTA (15-3, 3-2 Big Ten): The Big Ten is known as a physical conference but unfortunately, center Reggie Lynch is finding his physical play is too much for the conference. Lynch fouled out of four of five conference games, taking the Gophers’ top shot-blocker (3.1 per game) out of the team’s halfcourt defense. Pitino puts some blame on his perimeter defenders, who may take more chances at steals with the intimidating Lynch inside but leave him open to more potential foul situations as well.

ABOUT PENN STATE (10-7, 2-2): Banks, a junior, leads the Nittany Lions in 3-point shooting, hitting a team-best 46 and connecting on 40.4 percent of his shots from beyond the arc. But coach Patrick Chambers sees Banks as the team’s leader, on and off the floor, as he’s shown maturity in moving to a bench role as well as trying to form unity on a team full of new faces. The 6-6 forward plays starter’s minutes (26 per game) off the pine, and become a much more vocal leader this season, especially in stressing the team’s play on the defensive end.

bovada-logo-top-book currently has the Nittany Lions listed as 1.5-point favorites versus the Golden Gophers, while the game’s total is sitting at 143 according to MyBookie-White logo -70x40.

Last time out for Penn State, they were a 72-63 winner as they battled Spartans at home. They covered in the match as a +5.5-point underdog.

In their last action, Minnesota was a 65-47 loser on the road against Spartans. They failed to cover the +3.5-point spread as underdogs.

Minnesota looks to bounce back from its worst loss of the season when it travels to face Penn State in a Saturday afternoon Big Ten contest. The No. 24 Golden Gophers were blown out by Michigan State on Wednesday by 18 points, while the Nittany Lions had a week to savor a win over the Spartans.

Minnesota guard Nate Mason has been a constant for coach Richard Pitino, leading the team in scoring (14.3 points) and assists (5.4 assists), though he’s become more aggressive looking for his own shot in conference play, averaging 17.4 points through five Big Ten games. Defense is what made the Gophers successful, though, as they hold opponents to 38.3 percent shooting from the field and average 6.6 blocks. The Nittany Lions are young, with two freshmen – Lamar Stevens and Tony Carr – among their top four scorers. Shep Garner is the team’s leading point producer, averaging 12.8 points and connecting on 2.5 3-pointers a contest, teaming with Payton Banks and Carr to give the Lions a number of long-range shooters that

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Minnesota:
Team record: 15-3 SU,10-6 ATS
Minnesota is 15-3 SU in its last 18 games
The total has gone OVER in 4 of Minnesota’s last 6 games
Minnesota is 6-12 ATS in its last 18 games on the road

Penn State:
Team record: 10-7 SU,9-5 ATS
Penn State is 4-2 SU in its last 6 games
Penn State is 5-2 SU in its last 7 games at home
Penn State is 6-16 SU in its last 22 games when playing Minnesota

Next up:
Minnesota home to Wisconsin Saturday, January 21
Penn State home to Indiana Wednesday, January 18

KEY NOTES
1. Minnesota leads the Big Ten with 465 free-throw attempts and is tied for 19th nationally with 322 made free throws.
2. Garner became the 33rd Penn State player all-time to reach the 1,000-point plateau in the win over Michigan State.
3. Golden Gophers sophomore F Jordan Murphy averages a team-high 8.3 rebounds.

Vegas Coverage pick and prediction:
Picks: Minnesota Golden Gophers will cover the spread at +1.5 and the game will go over 143 points, according to scamdicappers scamdicappers.com
PREDICTION: Minnesota 75, Penn State 69 at bovada-logo-top-book betnow-vegas-coverage.

SMART CHART
MINN TEAM PENST
75.7 PTS FOR 73.9
66.5 PTS AGNST 69.9
9.2 DIFF. 3.9
29.2 DEF REBOUNDS 27.5
10.7 OFF REBOUNDS 10.2
43.6 FG% 42.2
69.2 FT% 76.0
6.4 3 POINTERS 7.2
6.2 STEALS 6.8
INJURIES
MINNESOTA
PLAYER POS DESCRIPTION
No Injuries to report.
PENN STATE
PLAYER POS DESCRIPTION
No Injuries to report.
BETTING TRENDS
MINNESOTA
The total has gone UNDER in 4 of Minnesota’s last 6 games on the road
Minnesota is 2-14 SU in its last 16 games on the road
Minnesota is 6-12 ATS in its last 18 games on the road
Minnesota is 2-5 ATS in its last 7 games when playing on the road against Penn State
The total has gone OVER in 8 of Minnesota’s last 11 games when playing on the road against Penn State
PENN STATE
Penn State is 4-2 SU in its last 6 games
Penn State is 5-2 SU in its last 7 games at home
Penn State is 6-16 SU in its last 22 games when playing Minnesota
The total has gone OVER in 12 of Penn State’s last 17 games when playing Minnesota
The total has gone OVER in 8 of Penn State’s last 11 games when playing at home against Minnesota
SUPERGRID
RANK RANK
Minnesota’s Overall Scoring vs Penn State’s Overall Defense 75.7 137 69.9 135
Minnesota’s Away Scoring vs Penn State’s Home Defense 68.8 190 70.4 227
Minnesota’s Road Rebounds vs Penn State’s Home Rebounds Allowed 35.0 177 38.4 312
Penn State’s Overall Scoring vs Minnesota’s Overall Defense 73.9 184 66.5 70
Penn State’s Home Scoring vs Minnesota’s Road Defense 76.2 215 72.0 95
Penn State’s Home Rebounds vs Minnesota’s Road Rebounds Allowed 37.5 193 41.0 324
TOP 3/BOTTOM 3
MINNESOTA
No trends to report
PENN STATE
No trends to report
POWER STATS
SHOOTING PERCENTAGE
TEAM OFF DEF DIFF
MINN 43.6 38.3 5.3
PENST 42.2 40.6 1.6
REBOUNDING
TEAM OFF DEF TOTAL
MINN 10.7 29.2 39.8
PENST 10.2 27.5 37.7
ASSIST/TURNOVER RATIO
TEAM ASSISTS TURNOVERS RATIO
MINN 15.6 11.9 1.3
PENST 14.9 13.4 1.1

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