Missouri vs Minnesota Prediction - College Basketball Picks 11/16/23

Minnesota Golden Gophers (2-0) vs Missouri Tigers (2-1)

Game Info: Thursday, November 16, 2023 at 9:00 pm (Williams Arena)

Betting Odds: Minnesota Golden Gophers +1.5 -- Over/Under: 145 Click Here for the Latest Odds

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The Missouri Tigers and Minnesota Golden Gophers face off on Thursday in a college basketball showdown at Williams Arena.. 

Must Win Game for Missouri

It’s early in the season but this is a game that Missouri can’t overlook. If they want to make the tournament, it’s important to not have bad losses, and this could end up being that. Two games ago against Memphis, Missouri was defeated 70-55. In the last game against SIU Edwardsville, Missouri gave up only 50 points and they ended up winning by 18 points. Sean East II was the top player for Missouri putting up 20 points, two assists, and one rebound. Noah Carter also put up 15 points, 10 rebounds, and one assist. In this game, the defense is going to need to step up in a big way. 

First Big Test for Minnesota

There aren’t many expectations surrounding the Gophers this season, but if they can win this game, it would open up a ton of eyes. In the first game against Bethune Cookman, they won 80-60 and in the last game against UTSA they were able to win 102-76. Against UTSA they had five different players that finished with at least 11 points. Isaiah Ihnen put up 20 points and six rebounds. In this game if Minnesota wants to find success, they are going to need the defense to step up here. 

Shane’s Free Pick

Minnesota is going to keep this game close. I expect the Gophers defense is going to step up here. Two games ago Missouri only scored 55 points and they are going to really struggle again here. The role players for Minnesota are much improved this season and guys like Parker Fox is going to have a big game here. Minnesota is going to open up a lot of eyes with the way they perform this game. Back the Gophers against the spread. 

Shane’s Pick Minnesota +1.5

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