Penn State vs. Minnesota Prediction
Can Minnesota pick up an important win in the Big Ten Tournament when the Golden Gophers face Penn State tonight at 7PM ET?
717 Penn State vs. 718 Minnesota
Thursday, March 14, 2019
7PM ET – United Center
TV: Big Ten Tournament
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Public Betting Trends
According to oddsmakers at BetNow.eu, Penn State is the slight favorite on the road, as the Nittany Lions are getting odds of -2.5 points against Minnesota. The over/under total is listed at 135 points. The public betting currently has 77 percent going on Penn State as the favorite. This information is subject to change, however, so be sure to check out our College Basketball Public Betting Page for updated figures on the game.
Penn State playing well
Penn State has won five of its last six while going 8-0-2 against the spread in its last 10 games. The Nittany Lions are the 10th seed this week. Penn State is 14-17 on the season, 7-13 in conference play, 2-2 on a neutral floor, 14-14-3 against the spread and 18-13 with the under.
The Nittany Lions are a respectable defensive team, giving up 68.4 points per game while opponents shoot 44.1 percent against them. Offensively, Penn State is putting up 69.6 points per game while shooting just 41.7 percent as a team. Lamar Stevens is leading the team with 19.8 points and 7.8 rebounds per game while Rasir Bolton is adding 11.9 points per game.
Gophers looking for 20th win
Minnesota is coming off a 69-60 loss at Maryland last weekend to snap a two-game win streak. The Golden Gophers are the 7 seed this week. They are 19-12 overall, 9-11 in Big Ten games, 3-0 on a neutral floor, 15-16 against the spread and 17-13-1 with the under.
The Gophers are averaging just 71.2 points per game this season while shooting 43.6 percent as a team. Defensively, Minnesota is giving up 68.7 points per game while opponents shoot 43.2 percent against them. Amir Coffey is leading the team with 16.0 points per game while Jordan Murphy is adding 14.5 points and 11.7 rebounds per contest.
College Basketball Betting Trends
Penn State is 8-1-2 against the spread in its last 11 Big Ten games and 18-7-2 ATS in its last 27 on a neutral site.
The Golden Gophers are 1-4 ATS in their last five on a neutral site and 6-21 ATS in their last 27 against a losing team.
Minnesota won the lone meeting this season, but just by one point at home. Penn State started awful in the Big Ten, but has really played well over the last month. The Nittany Lions have been able to beat some of the top teams in the Big Ten while Minnesota has won just three of its last 10. I like Penn State to continue its momentum tonight as the Gophers continue to struggle on offense.
College Basketball Prediction: Penn State -2.5