Minnesota vs. Rutgers, Saturday, NCAA Basketball Sports Betting, Las Vegas Odds, Picks and Prediction

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MINNESOTA GOLDEN GOPHERS RUTGERS SCARLET KNIGHTS
17-7 February 11, 12:00 PM | Louis Brown Athletic Center 13-12
Minnesota at Rutgers, Betting Lines.
When: 12:00 PM ET, Saturday, February 11, 2017
Where: Louis Brown Athletic Center, Piscataway, New Jersey
 TV: Noon ET, ESPNU
Rotation – Team Spread MoneyLine Total
 Minnesota Golden Gophers -5½ -110 -240 Ov 130½ -110
 Rutgers Scarlet Knights +5½ -110 +200  Un 130½ -110
 The Minnesota Golden Gophers and the Rutgers Scarlet Knights will both be trying to pick up a win on Saturday when they battle at Louis Brown Athletic Center.
ABOUT MINNESOTA (17-7, 5-6 Big Ten): The Golden Gophers have struggled over the last few weeks, but the team’s double-overtime win over Iowa on Wednesday showed Pitino that his team is starting to turn the corner. With a freshman, a sophomore and a transfer among the starting five, there have been some growing pains for Minnesota, but the squad seems to be coming together for the stretch run – even after blowing a 14-point, second-half lead against the Hawkeyes. Jordan Murphy played especially well – something Pitino has been seeking from the sophomore forward, who has seen his numbers fall a bit from his freshman campaign – as he recorded a career-best 25 points, 19 rebounds and four blocks in the victory.

ABOUT RUTGERS (13-12, 2-10): When you’re coming off a 7-25 season in which many of your losses weren’t competitive, victories aren’t the numbers to improve upon and take pride in. That’s what first-year coach Steve Pikiell continues to preach to the Scarlet Knights, who may have only two conference victories but definitely are respected more as a team for the way they fight to the end – as opposed to last season, when nearly every league loss was by double digits. Rutgers already has doubled last campaign’s Big Ten win total – and nearly tripled it before falling by six at Ohio State on Wednesday – and Pikiell knows his team just needs some more experience in close games to pull out even more victories.

In their last action, Rutgers was a 70-64 loser on the road against Buckeyes. They covered the +11-point spread as underdogs.

In their last action, Minnesota was a 101-89 winner at home against Hawkeyes. They covered the -7-point spread as favorites.

Minnesota looks to extend its modest two-game winning streak when it visits Rutgers for a Big Ten Conference contest on Saturday afternoon. The Golden Gophers have won back-to-back contests following a five-game skid, while the Scarlet Knights have won a total of only two conference games, although one came last weekend against Penn State.

Coach Richard Pitino‘s team is at its best when its defense is suffocating and creates turnovers and fast-break opportunities, with the Golden Gophers ranking second in Division I with 6.8 blocks per game. Offensively, Minnesota’s starters all average at least 8.6 points, with Nate Mason leading the way at 14.4 while also pacing the team with 5.3 assists and 1.3 steals. Corey Sanders leads Rutgers’ attack, averaging 13.1 points and 3.4 assists, and also is a sterling defender who likely will find himself guarding Mason quite a bit. Deshawn Freeman (11.4 points, 8.5 rebounds) will test Minnesota’s front line with his hustle on the offensive boards (3.3 per game), while 7-foot center C.J. Gettys (7.7 points, 4.8 rebounds) needs to play big in the paint as well.

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Minnesota:
Team record: 17-7 SU,13-9 ATS
Minnesota is 17-7 SU in its last 24 games
Minnesota is 2-5 SU in its last 7 games
The total has gone OVER in 4 of Minnesota’s last 5 games

Rutgers:
Team record: 13-12 SU,10-9 ATS
Rutgers is 4-2 ATS in its last 6 games
Rutgers is 2-11 SU in its last 13 games
The total has gone UNDER in 11 of Rutgers’s last 14 games

Next up:
Minnesota home to Indiana Wednesday, February 15
Rutgers at Purdue Tuesday, February 14

COLLEGE HOOPS UPDATES

1. Minnesota leads the Big Ten and ranks among the nation’s leaders in 3-point field-goal defense, allowing teams to hit just 30.5 percent.

2. The Scarlet Knights rank third nationally in offensive rebounds per game (15.16) and fifth in total boards (42).

3. Rutgers’ lone Big Ten victory in 2015-16 was a 23-point blowout against visiting Minnesota in the regular-season finale.

Vegas Coverage pick and prediction:
Picks: Rutgers Scarlet Knights will cover the spread at +5.5 and the game will go over 130.5 points, according to scamdicappers scamdicappers.com
PREDICTION: Minnesota 71, Rutgers 67 at bovada-logo-top-book betnow-vegas-coverage.

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