Rutgers at Minnesota: 3/6/21 College Basketball Picks and Predictions
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Minnesota Golden Gophers (13-13) vs Rutgers Scarlet Knights (13-10)
Game Info: Saturday, March 6, 2021 at 12:00 pm (Williams Arena)
Betting Odds: Minnesota Golden Gophers +1.5 -- Over/Under: 140 Click Here for the Latest Odds
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The Rutgers Scarlet Knights and Minnesota Golden Gophers face off on Saturday in a college basketball showdown at Williams Arena.
The Rutgers Scarlet Knights got off to a fast start to the season but they have been inconsistent as of late and coming into this game they have lost three of their last four games. In the last game against Nebraska, the offense really struggled scoring 51 points and that led to a 19 point defeat. Rutgers on the season is averaging 70.1 points per game while their defense is giving up 68 points per game. Rutgers is shooting 45.3 percent from the field and 31.3 percent from behind the three point line. Ron Harper Jr. has been the best player for Rutgers averaging 15.5 points while shooting 45.7 percent from the field and 31.7 percent from behind the three point line.
On the other side of this matchup is the Minnesota Golden Gophers who sit with a 13-13 record overall and they have lost six games in a row. Each of the last six games, Minnesota has also failed to cover the spread. Over the last five games, Minnesota is averaging 66.6 points per game while their defense is giving up 81 points per game. Minnesota is only shooting 37.4 percent from the field and 26.1 percent from behind the three point line. One issue for Minnesota is they are really banged up. Brandon Johnson is questionable for Saturday while Liam Robbins and Gabe Kalsheur are expected to miss this game. Marcus Carr has been the best player for Minnesota averaging 20.1 points while shooting 40.2 percent from the field.
The favorite is 8-2 against the spread in the last ten meetings played between the two teams. The home team is 7-3 against the spread in the last ten meetings played between the two teams.
Minnesota has been awful and they are so banged up. I don’t trust them to find success, and Rutgers defense is going to lock down. Back Rutgers against the spread.