Saturday, February 25, 2017
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The Penn State Nittany Lions head to Williams Arena to take on the Minnesota Golden Gophers on Saturday, February 25, 2017. The opening line for this game has Minnesota as 8.5 point favorites.
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The Nittany Lions come into this game with an overall record of 14-14 and a road record of 3-5. They are 15-10 against the spread and their over/under record is 11-14. The Golden Gophers have an overall record of 21-7 and a home record of 15-3. They have an over/under record of 15-11 and they are 16-10 against the spread.
Tony Carr comes into this contest averaging 12.9 points per game while playing 32.4 minutes per night so far this season for the Nittany Lions. He pulls down 4.7 rebounds per game and dishes out 3.9 assists per game as well. His field goal percentage is 39% while his free throw percentage is currently at 78%. Lamar Stevens averages 12.5 points per game in 26.9 minutes per contest this season. He averages 1.6 assists per contest and 5.8 rebounds per game for Penn State. His field goal percentage is 44% for the year while his free throw percentage is 78%.
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Nate Mason averages 15.1 points per game while playing 34.5 minutes per contest this year for the Golden Gophers. He grabs 3.4 rebounds per game and has 5.3 assists per contest on the year. His field goal percentage is 37% and his free throw percentage currently is at 81%. Amir Coffey averages 12.3 points per game this season and he sees the court an average of 33 minutes per contest. He also averages 3.9 rebounds per contest and 3.1 assists per game. His field goal percentage is 46% and his free throw percentage is 77%.
Penn State averages 72.1 points per contest this season which ranks them 193rd in the nation. Their average scoring margin is 0.2 and their shooting percentage is 42% as a team which has them ranked 283rd. Behind the arc they shoot 34% which is good for 213th in the country. They average 35.3 rebounds per game and 13.5 assists per game which ranks them 185th and 159th in those offensive categories. In the turnover department they rank 204th with 13.5 per game. The Nittany Lions allow 71.9 points per game to their opponents which ranks them 159th in the nation. They also allow a 43% shooting percentage and a 35% average from behind the arc ranking them 102nd and 187th in those defensive categories. Opponents average 38.3 rebounds a game which ranks 307th and they give up 12.9 assists per contest which puts them in 141st place in the country. They force 15.4 turnovers per game which ranks them 29th in Division 1.
Minnesota averages 75.9 points per game this year which ranks them 102nd in Division 1 college basketball. Their average scoring margin is 7.1 and their shooting percentage is 43% as a team which has them sitting in the 218th spot in the country. Behind the arc they shoot 35% which is good for 176th in the nation. They average 39.9 rebounds per game and 15.1 assists per contest which ranks them 15th and 65th respectively. In the turnover department the Golden Gophers rank 52nd with 11.7 per game. The Golden Gophers allow 68.9 points per game to their opponents which ranks them 77th in the country. They also allow a 40% shooting percentage and a 30% average from behind the arc ranking them 16th and 7th in those defensive statistics. Opponents average 38.8 rebounds a game which ranks 321st and they give up 13.4 assists per contest which puts them in 191st place in the nation. The Golden Gophers force 13.2 turnovers per game which ranks them 163rd in college basketball.
The Nittany Lions average 70.5 points per game on the road this season and they have scored 73 ppg in their past 3 contests. They have an average scoring differential of -4.7 on the road and in their past 3 games their difference is -2.3 per contest. The Nittany Lions have an offensive rating of 98.8 and they assist on 53.7% of their shots. In terms of pace they average 71.7 possessions per 40 minutes and their effective field goal percentage is 48%. As a team they have a true shooting percentage of 52% and they shoot 3 pointers on 34% of their shots. Penn State turns the ball over an average of 16.4 times per 100 possessions and they get a steal on 9.6% of their opponents possessions. Their total rebound percentage is 48% while their offensive rebound percentage is 26.9%. The Nittany Lions give up 75.2 points per game on the road this season and they have surrendered 75.3 points per contest in their last 3 games.
The Golden Gophers score 80.2 ppg at home and they have averaged 82.3 points per contest in their last 3 games.They have an average scoring differential of 6.7 in their past 3 contests and at home this season they have a difference of 10.2 points per game. The Golden Gophers have a rating on offense of 104.7 and 57.9% of their shots are assisted. They possess the ball 70.6 times per 40 minutes and their effective field goal percentage for the year is 49%. As an offensive unit they have a true shooting percentage of 53% and they attempt 3 pointers on 31% of their shots. Minnesota turns it over an average of 14.1 times per 100 possessions and they steal the ball on 8.1% of their opponents possessions. Their total rebound percentage is 50.7% while their offensive rebound percentage for the season is 29.7%. The Golden Gophers give up 70.1 points per contest at home this year and they have given up 75.7 points per game in their past 3 contests.
Penn State Nittany Lions Betting Trends
The Penn State Nittany Lions are 15-10 against the spread
The Penn State Nittany Lions are 11-14 against the over/under
Minnesota Golden Gophers Betting Trends
The Minnesota Golden Gophers are 16-10 against the spread
The Minnesota Golden Gophers are 15-11 against the over/under
Penn State Nittany Lions Injuries
02/21/17 G Nazeer Bostick Hand expected to miss 2-3 weeks
Minnesota Golden Gophers Injuries
11/08/16 F Davonte Fitzgerald Knee out for season
Josh's Pick: Take Penn State +8.5
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