Minnesota at Penn State: 2/17/22 College Basketball Picks and Predictions

Minnesota at Penn State: 2/17/22 College Basketball Picks and Predictions Photo by Matthew OHaren-USA TODAY Sports

Penn State Nittany Lions (10-12) vs Minnesota Golden Gophers (12-11)

Game Info: Thursday, February 17, 2022 at 4:00 pm (Bryce Jordan Center)

Betting Odds: Penn State Nittany Lions +5 -- Over/Under: 123 Click Here for the Latest Odds

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The Minnesota Golden Gophers and Penn State Nittany Lions face off on Thursday in a college basketball showdown at the Bryce Jordan Center. These two teams just faced off last February and it was Minnesota that won 76-70. 

Eric Curry was the top player for Minnesota scoring 22 points. Penn State was led by Sam Sessorns who finished with 18 points and five rebounds. 

Minnesota comes into this game with a 12-11 record overall and they have lost six of their last seven games with the only coming against Penn State. In the last game against Ohio State, the offense only scored 45 points, and that led to the blowout defeat. The Gophers are averaging 67.6 points while their defense is giving up 68.6 points per game. Jamison Battle has been the top player for the Gophers averaging 16.5 points while shooting 44.6 percent from the field and 37.3 percent from behind the three point line.

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On the other side of this matchup is the Penn State Nittany Lions who sit with a 10-12 record overall and they have gone 12-10 against the spread. Even though Penn State has struggled, they are coming off a big win against Michigan State. The Nittany Lions scored only 58 points, and that led to the four point victory. Penn State is averaging 65.1 points while their defense is giving up 65.5 points per game. Forward Seth Lundy has been the top player for Penn State averaging 13.1 points while shooting 41.7 percent from the field and 36.8 percent from behind the three point line. 

Penn State is 7-0 against the spread in their last seven home games. The Nittany Lions are 4-0 against the spread in their last four home games against a team with a losing road record. The under is 4-0 in Gophers last four road games. The under is 5-1 in Penn State’s last six games following an against the spread win. 

Minnesota is coming off a game where they struggled to score, and Penn State is coming off a game where their defense was elite. I expect the pace of this game to be slow, and especially Minnesota is going to struggle to score. Back the under to cash. 

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