Minnesota vs. Penn State - 1/15/20 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction
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Penn State Nittany Lions (12-4) at Minnesota Golden Gophers (9-7)
College Basketball: Wednesday, January 15, 2020 at 9:00 pm (Williams Arena)
The Line: Minnesota Golden Gophers -3.5 -- Over/Under: 145
The Penn State Nittany Lions and the Minnesota Golden Gophers meet in Big Ten conference college basketball action from the Williams Arena on Wednesday night.
The Penn State Nittany Lions will look to rebound from back-to-back losses after a 58-49 loss to Wisconsin last time out. Lamar Stevens led the Nittany Lions with 19 points along with 13 rebounds for the double-double while Izaiah Brockington added 15 points as the only other double-digit scorer for Penn State in the losing effort. Stevens leads Penn State in scoring with an average of 16.3 points per game while Mike Watkins leads the Nittany Lions in rebounding with 8.5 rebounds per game and Myreon Jones leads Penn State in assists with 2.8 assists per game this season. As a team, Penn State is averaging 77.8 points per game on 44.2% shooting from the field, 30.8% from behind the arc and 69.9% from the foul line this season.
The Minnesota Golden Gophers will try to find some consistency after alternating wins and losses in each of their last 5 games after a 75-67 win over Michigan in their last outing. Daniel Oturu led the Gophers with 30 points on 13 of 18 shooting with a team-high 7 rebounds while Marcus Carr added 21 points on 7 of 13 shooting with a team-high 12 assists for the double-double. Alihan Demir added 13 points along with 5 rebounds to round out the trio of double-digit scorers for Minnesota in the winning effort. Oturu leads Minnesota in scoring and rebounding by averaging a double-double per game with 19.9 points and 11.9 rebounds per game while Carr leads the Gophers in assists with 7.2 assists per game this season. As a team, Minnesota is averaging 73.6 points per game on 44% shooting from the field, 33.7% from behind the 3-point line and 72.4% from the foul line this season.
Penn State is 8-3-2 ATS in their last 13 road games and 1-3-1 ATS in their last 5 games against a team with a winning record while the over is 13-5 in their last 18 Wednesday games. Minnesota is 4-1 ATS in their last 5 home games and 5-2 ATS in their last 7 games overall while the over is 8-3 in their last 11 games against a team with a winning record. The home team is 7-3 ATS in the last 10 meetings between these two teams.
I’m tempted by the points with Penn State as the Nittany Lions have done well on the road dating back to last season. However, the majority of Minnesota’s success has come at home where the Gophers have outscored their opponents by 14.4 points per game this season. Minnesota’s also made Williams Arena one of the harder road venues in the Big Ten and if you’ve watched the PickDawgz live show, one of the common themes during conference play is that the home team has excelled in the Big Ten this season. I think that this is another case of just that, so I’ll lay the points with Minnesota at home here.