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Looking for Minnesota Golden Gophers vs. Michigan State Spartans free NCAAB picks & NCAAB odds? NCAAB betting sees the Golden Gophers taking on the Spartans on Saturday, February 9, 2019 at Breslin Student Events Center, East Lansing, Michigan. Cappers Picks provides complimentary expert handicapping picks on all NCAAB basketball matchups so stay tuned for more FREE daily NCAAB hoops predictions like this Golden Gophers Spartans matchup.
(15-6) Minnesota Golden Gophers vs. Michigan State Spartans (18-5)
Date: Saturday, February 9
Time: 2:00PM EST
Venue: Breslin Student Events Center, East Lansing, Michigan
NCAAB Moneyline Odds: OFF
NCAAB Betting Odds: Spartans -14
NCAAB Betting Total: 146½
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The Michigan State Spartans have suddenly hit a rough patch as they have dropped three straight games. Their struggling fell to a new low in their last outing versus the Illinois Fighting Illini as with the loss, the Spartans dropped to third place within the Big Ten conference. Also, the Spartans 80 ppg average has slipped to just 69 points in their last three games, overall.
The Minnesota Golden Gophers have had two disastrous performances most recently versus the Purdue Boilermakers along with the Illinois Fighting Illini. During these contests, the offense has failed to reach 64 points while the defense continues to be solid, yet have had to endure a lack of consistent offense.
Michigan State Spartans
With the loss of Josh Langford due to a season-ending injury, Cassius Winston (19 ppg, 7 ass) has stepped up immensely for the Spartans. Also, Kenny Goins (9 ppg, 7 rebs), despite ending with just 9 points in their last loss versus the Fighting Illini, has loads of potential. Yet, Goins has struggled recently for the Spartans and has not recorded a double-double in four straight games.
Xavier Tillman (8 ppg, 7 rebs) has also been a gritty player for the Spartans as he is also counted on to lock down opponents on the defensive end as well. Tillman pumped in 16 points along with 8 rebounds versus Illinois while going 5-6 from the field.
The defense for Michigan State has also slipped a bit lately from allowing just 66 points per game to allowing opponents to put up 76 points per game during their current skid. And while this will be the first meeting amongst these two squads on the year, the Spartans look to have much more success versus a Minnesota team that continues to struggle offensively.
Minnesota Golden Gophers
The Minnesota Golden Gophers have dropped two straight games as 51 points was all that they could muster in their last time out versus the Wisconsin Badgers. And while both teams labored offensively in the contest, Wisconsin connected on six three-pointers compared to just one for the Golden Gophers.
Leading scorer Amir Coffey (16 ppg) struggled on the night in going 3-10 while ending with just 8 points. However, Jordan Murphy (15 ppg, 12 rebs) stepped up in defeat by posting 16 points while pulling down 19 rebounds, his sixth straight double-double.
In all, Minnesota has dropped their last three road games by an average of 13 points. Of course, their offense struggled mightily during these games as they were matched up versus the Michigan Wolverines along with a solid Purdue Boilermakers squad.
NCAAB Betting Trends:
- Under is 8-1-1 in MINN last 10 road games
- MINN is 2-6 ATS in their last 8 Sat. games
- Under is 6-2 in MINN last 8 Sat. games
- MSU is 15-5 ATS in their last 20 games overall
- MSU is 9-3 ATS in their last 12 vs. Big Ten
- Under is 6-2 in MSU last 8 overall.
Free Minnesota Golden Gophers vs Michigan State Spartans NCAAB Prediction:
Michigan State will certainly be fighting hard to pull out a much-needed victory while also righting themselves from some awful play, particularly on offense. With that being the case, look for the home team to take advantage of an offensively challenged team in the Golden Gophers while picking up a convincing 84-67 victory on Saturday afternoon.
4* Free NCAAB Betting Pick: Michigan State Spartans -14
I will back Michigan State and the points for this contest as I certainly believe that they will bring the focus and intensity in front of their home fans in which to pick up a win. Again, they have been dominant at home all season and will be looking to atone for a loss to the Hoosiers in their last home outing. In all, expect the Spartans to roll.
NCAAB Free Score Prediction: Golden Gophers 67 – Spartans 84
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