Free NCAA Hoops Pick: Golden Gophers vs. Scarlet Knights CBB Odds
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2019-2020 NCAA Basketball
(10-7) Minnesota Golden Gophers vs. Rutgers Scarlet Knights (13-4)
Date: Sunday January 19
Time: 1:00 PM ET
Venue: Louis Brown Athletic Center, Piscataway, NJ.
CBB Moneyline Odds: TBA
CBB Betting Odds: Rutgers -4.5
CBB Betting Total: 129
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Minnesota Golden Gophers
All four of Minnesota’s victories in the Big Ten have come at home; all three of its losses have come on the road.
The three road losses have come against three of the better teams in the conference: Iowa, Purdue and Michigan State. The Golden Gophers have won — and covered — their last two, beating Michigan and Penn State as two-point favorites each time.
Daniel Oturu, Minnesota’s 6’10” center, is playing his way into NBA Draft Lottery consideration. He’s averaging over twenty points and twelve rebounds on better than sixty-two percent shooting from the field. Statistically, his only weakness seems to be taking care of the ball. He has three times as many turnovers (3.3) as assists (1.1).
Neither of these two teams are ranked in the AP Poll’s Top-25 but it’s a top-25 matchup according to Sports-Reference’s Simple Rating System, which has Minnesota twenty-three and Rutgers two spots behind.
Rutgers Scarlet Knights
Rutgers has covered its last eight games, including Wednesday’s 59–50 victory over Indiana that improved its record to 4–2 in the Big Ten and 12–0 overall at the Louis Brown Athletic Center.
The Hoosiers became the fifth opponent Rutgers has held to fifty points or less this season, joining Seton Hall, Lafayette, Niagara and Caldwell. Another eight have finished between fifty and sixty-five and just four opponents have scored over seventy on Rutgers and account for three of the Scarlet Knights’ four losses.
Good as Rutgers’ defense is (its opponent field goal percentage is the sixth-best in the country and 58.8 points allowed per game is eighth), the offense is not bad.
The points per game isn’t impressive, as Rutgers plays a slow pace but it shoots over forty-six percent from the field, close to a top fifty mark. The three-point shot is not a strength, however. The team mark is short of thirty percent and 318th in the nation.
CBB Betting Trends:
- Under is 19-6-1 in MINN last 26 road games.
- MINN are 6-2 ATS in their last 8 games overall.
- RUTG are 7-0-1 ATS in their last 8 home games.
- RUTG are 15-5-1 ATS in their last 21 vs. Big Ten.
- RUTG are 20-8-2 ATS in their last 30 games overall.
- Head to Head: Favorite is 7-1 ATS in the last 8 meetings.
- Head to Head: Home team is 6-2 ATS in the last 8 meetings.
Free Minnesota Golden Gophers vs. Rutgers Scarlet Knights NCAAB Prediction: roll with Rutgers at home.
This isn’t a game to get too confident about. But Minnesota and Rutgers both have strong home/away splits, which should only widen Rutgers’ advantage.
At this point, the oddsmakers have to make Rutgers a favorite, or at least a pick. The number won’t get high enough to scare off action on the Scarlet Knights, whose home fortunes will continue while Minnesota has to wait for its first road victory in the conference.
4* Free CBB Betting Pick: Rutgers -3.5
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