Free NCAA Hoops Pick: Golden Gophers vs. Hoosiers CBB Odds
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2021 NCAA Basketball Handicapping
(13-8) Minnesota Golden Gophers vs. Indiana Hoosiers (11-9)
Date: Wednesday February 17, 2021
Time: 9:00 PM ET
Venue: Assembly Hall in Bloomington, Indiana
CBB Moneyline Odds: OFF
CBB Betting Odds: Indiana -4.5
CBB Betting Total: O/U 137.0
Two middle-of-the-pack Big Ten teams meet for what should be a close matchup Wednesday as the Indiana Hoosiers play host to the Minnesota Golden Gophers from Assembly Hall in Bloomington, Indiana.
Both teams are coming off losses heading into this game. Minnesota fell on the road Sunday against Maryland, while Indiana was blown out in Columbus by the top-five Ohio State Buckeyes.
Minnesota Golden Gophers
The Golden Gophers enter Wednesday 6-8 in conference play. Big Ten play has been sporadic for the Gophers. They’ve won two of their last three after dropping four of their previous five contests. They still hold a good chance of making the tournament at 78.1 percent, according to Bart Torvik.
Minnesota dropped a tough game Sunday against Maryland 72-59. The Gophers played poorly on defense and allowed the Terrapins to shoot 10 of 20 from downtown.
Jamal Mashburn Jr. led Minnesota with 14 points as the Golden Gophers fell to 0-7 on the road. Leading scorer Marcus Carr shot just 1 of 6 from the outside and had nine points. The Gophers sport an effective field goal percentage of just 46.9 entering this game but are still 33rd in offensive rating.
Robbins has been one of the best big men in the country after transferring from Drake. The 7 foot center center averages just under 3 blocks per game, which leads the Big Ten and ranks 12th in the nation. Robbins has 56 blocks this season and needs 11 more to crack the top 10 in school single-season history.
Robbins was named Big Ten Player of the Week on Jan. 4 and Jan. 18. Marcus Carr has been effective in the backcourt as well despite his recent struggles. The point guard averages 19.4 points per game.
Minnesota has struggled with shooting this season. They rank just 319th in the country with a 3-point percentage right under 30. They still have the 33rd most efficient offense in the nation and do a good job getting inside the paint to score. They are a confusing team to figure out at times and tend to play an attack-heavy style centered on getting to the line to score.
Indiana holds a 38.7 percent chance of making the tournament according to Bart Torvik. The Hoosiers are 6-7 in conference play following a 19-point loss to Ohio State. The Hoosiers were dominated on both sides of the court, turned the ball over way too often and allowed Ohio State to shoot 7 of 16 from deep.
Indiana is 57th in the country in offensive rating and 32nd in defensive rating. Indiana’s biggest issues this season have been shooting and converting their free attempts at the line. The Hoosiers get to the line at the ninth highest rate in the nation, but shoot 65.9 percent once they get there. Indiana shoots 34.5 percent from deep.
Indiana averages 72.2 PPG and allows 69.2 PPG. Trayce Jackson-Davis leads the team with 19.2 PPG and 9.4 RPG. Armaan Franklin is second on the team with 12.2 PPG.
CBB Betting Trends:
- Hoosiers are 10-3 ATS in their last 13 games following a straight up loss.
- Hoosiers are 6-2-1 ATS in their last 9 Wednesday games.
- Hoosiers are 8-3 ATS in their last 11 games following a ATS loss.
- Golden Gophers are 1-7 ATS in their last 8 road games vs. a team with a winning home record.
- Golden Gophers are 1-7 ATS in their last 8 road games.
Free Minnesota Golden Gophers vs. Indiana Hoosiers NCAAB Prediction:
Given how poorly Minnesota has played this season, this is a spot where Indiana should prevail. The Hoosiers are the better team in terms of 3-point shooting, defense and rebounding. Minnesota has yet to win a single game away from home this year, and that trend won’t break Wednesday.
4* Free CBB Betting Pick: Indiana -4.5
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