Free CBB Pick: Golden Gophers vs Scarlet Knights NCAAB Odds
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2021 NCAA Basketball Handicapping
(11-6) Minnesota Golden Gophers vs. Rutgers Scarlet Knights (10-6)
Date: Thursday February 4, 2021
Time: 7:00 PM ET
Venue: Rutgers Athletic Center in Piscataway, NJ
Moneyline Odds: N/A
Betting Odds: Rutgers -6
Betting Total: O/U 137.5
Rutgers Scarlet Knights
Rutgers comes in following its third victory in a row after a 64-56 win over Northwestern. Jacob Young led the Scarlet Knights’ scoring with 18 points on 6-of-10 shooting and a pair of three-pointers off the bench. Sharpshooting guard Geo Baker added 12 points, four boards and two assists, while star player Ron Harper Jr. erupted for 13 points in the second half to help secure the road victory.
Rutgers forced 20 turnovers, a season-high for the Wildcats. Northwestern entered the game with the fewest turnovers in the Big Ten, averaging 10.1 turnovers per game. This mark was also the tenth lowest in the country, which is a testament to the Scarlet Knights defense.
Rutgers has allowed 93 total points in the last two conference games combined. The Knights have the 14th most efficient defense in the country.
Minnesota Golden Gophers
Minnesota dropped its fourth game in its last five tries against Purdue 81-62 a few days ago.
Liam Robbins scored 15 points and Brandon Johnson had 11 for Minnesota, which fell to 0-5 on the road. Leading scorer Marcus Carr was shut out in the first half and finished with six points and four rebounds. The Gophers sport an effective field goal percentage of just 46.9.
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 48 blocks this season and needs 19 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 20 points per game on the dot.
Minnesota ahs struggled with shooting this season. They rank just 302nd in the country with a 3-point percentage right under 30. They still have the 45th most efficient offense in the nation and do a good job getting inside the paint to score.
- Over is 10-4-1 in Scarlet Knights last 15 home games vs. a team with a losing road record.
- Over is 10-4 in Scarlet Knights last 14 home games vs. a team with a road winning % of less than .400.
- Over is 5-2 in Scarlet Knights last 7 vs. a team with a winning straight up record.
- Over is 4-1 in Golden Gophers last 5 vs. a team with a winning straight up record.
Free Rutgers Scarlet Knights vs. Minnesota Golden Gophers NCAAB Prediction:
I’m going to be looking at the over in this spot. Both of these teams do a good job of getting to the foul line and forcing turnovers. The fact that this game should be close should also push this total into the mid-140’s.
4* Free Rutgers Scarlet Knights vs. Minnesota Golden Gophers Betting Pick: Over 137.5
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