Minnesota at Penn State - 3/9/22 College Basketball Picks and Prediction

Minnesota at Penn State - 3/9/22 College Basketball Picks and Prediction Photo by Matthew OHaren-USA TODAY Sports

Penn State Nittany Lions (12-16) vs Minnesota Golden Gophers (13-16)

Game Info: Wednesday, March 9, 2022 at 8:30 pm (Gainbridge Fieldhouse)

Betting Odds: Penn State Nittany Lions -3.5 -- Over/Under: 125.5 Click Here for the Latest Odds

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The Penn State Nittany Lions will play the Minnesota Golden Gophers in the first round of the Big Ten Tournament on Wednesday.

The Penn State Nittany Lions are 12-16 (7-13) this season and have lost three games in a row. Penn State is coming off of a loss against Rutgers by a score of 59-58. Penn State shot 32.1% from the field and was +13 in rebounding margin in the loss. Seth Lundy led the Nittany Lions with 17 points and 3 rebounds in the game. Penn State is averaging 64.7 points per game and is giving up 65.3 points per game against, while also averaging 35.7 rebounds per game and 12.1 assists per game. Jalen Pickett is averaging 12.8 points per game and 4.3 assists per game, while Seth Lundy is averaging 12.4 points per game and 5.1 rebounds per game for the Nittany Lions. Penn State is shooting 43.2% on field goals, 73.2% on free throws, and 34.3% on three pointers.

The Minnesota Golden Gophers are 13-16 (4-16) this season and have lost four games in a row. Minnesota lost to Northwestern in their last game by a score of 75-62. Minnesota shot 36.5% from the field and was -17 in rebounding margin in the game. Jamison Battle led the Golden Gophers with 20 points and 6 rebounds in the loss. Minnesota is averaging 67.6 points per game and is giving up 69.5 points per game against, while also averaging 30.8 rebounds per game and 12.6 assists per game. Jamison Battle is averaging 17.4 points per game and 6.3 rebounds per game, while Payton Willis is averaging 16.1 points per game and 4.4 assists per game for the Golden Gophers. Minnesota is shooting 44% on field goals, 71.8% on free throws, and 37.1% on three pointers.

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Minnesota is 6-0 ATS in their last 6 neutral site games and 2-5 ATS in their last 7 games. The over is 5-0 in Minnesota’s last 5 games. Penn State is 4-0-2 ATS in their last 6 neutral site games and 8-3 ATS in their last 11 games. The under is 6-1 in Penn State’s last 7 games. The favorite is 5-0 ATS in these two teams last 5 head to head meetings.

These two teams split the season series with Minnesota winning 76-70 and Penn State winning 67-46. Minnesota only had four conference wins this season, while Penn State had seven. Penn State played in quite a few close games, but was unable to finish the job in most of them. I think Penn State is the better team here and I like them to win.

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David’s Pick Penn State -3.5

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