Penn State at Minnesota - 2/12/22 College Basketball Picks and Prediction

Penn State at Minnesota - 2/12/22 College Basketball Picks and Prediction Photo by Rich Barnes-USA TODAY Sports

Minnesota Golden Gophers (11-10) vs Penn State Nittany Lions (9-11)

Game Info: Saturday, February 12, 2022 at 8:30 pm (Williams Arena)

Betting Odds: Minnesota Golden Gophers -1.5 -- Over/Under: 126.5 Click Here for the Latest Odds

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The Penn State Nittany Lions will travel to play the Minnesota Golden Gophers in a Big Ten battle on Saturday night.

The Penn State Nittany Lions are 9-11 (4-8) this season and have lost five of their last six games. Penn State is coming off of a loss against Michigan by a score of 58-57. Penn State held Michigan to 31.5% shooting from the field, but gave up 22 free throw attempts and was -9 in rebounding margin in the game. Jalen Pickett led the Nittany Lions with 14 points and 2 assists in the loss. Penn State is averaging 65.1 points per game and is giving up 65.4 points per game against, while also averaging 36 rebounds per game and 12 assists per game. Jalen Pickett is averaging 12.9 points per game and 4.1 assists per game, while Seth Lundy is averaging 12.7 points per game and 5.6 rebounds per game for the Nittany Lions. Penn State is shooting 42.7% on field goals, 74.2% on free throws, and 32.8% on three pointers.

The Minnesota Golden Gophers are 11-10 (2-10) this season and have lost five games in a row. Minnesota lost to Nebraska by a score of 78-65 in their last game. Minnesota only shot 39.3% from the field and turned the ball over 18 times in the loss. Jamison Battle led the Golden Gophers with 21 points and 10 rebounds in the game. Minnesota is averaging 68.3 points per game and is giving up 68.5 points per game against, while also averaging 31.9 rebounds per game and 12.1 assists per game. Jamison Battle is averaging 17.2 points per game and 6.5 rebounds per game, while Payton Willis is averaging 16.5 points per game and 4.2 assists per game for the Golden Gophers. Minnesota is shooting 44.8% on field goals, 71.3% on free throws, and 36.2% on three pointers.

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Penn State is 8-2 ATS in their last 10 games and 6-1 ATS in their last 7 games following an ATS win. The under is 5-2 in Penn State’s last 7 games. Minnesota is 2-5 ATS in their last 7 Saturday games and 1-7-1 ATS in their last 9 home games. The over is 4-0 in Minnesota’s last 4 home games. The home team is 4-0 ATS in these two teams last 4 head to head meetings.

Minnesota is having a rough season and is one of the worst teams in the Big Ten, especially after giving Nebraska their first win of the season in their last game. Penn State has lost a few really close games, which means they are probably better than their record suggests. I am taking Penn State in this game because Minnesota is just not good.

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David’s Pick Penn State +1.5

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