Penn State at Minnesota NCAA Basketball Point Spread Picks 1/19/2019
Saturday, January 19, 2019
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The Penn State Nittany Lions travel to Williams Arena to play the Minnesota Golden Gophers on Saturday, January 19, 2019. The opening line for this matchup has Minnesota as 4.5 point favorites.
Penn State comes into this game with an overall record of 7-11. They currently have a point differential of -0.3 as they are averaging 68.0 points per game while giving up 68.3 per contest. Minnesota has an overall mark of 13-4. They are averaging 74.9 points per contest and giving up 69.9, which is a point differential of 5.0.
Valuable Penn State Nittany Lions Betting Trends
The Penn State Nittany Lions are 6-12-0 against the spread
The Penn State Nittany Lions are 6-12-0 against the over/under
Important Minnesota Golden Gophers Betting Trends
The Minnesota Golden Gophers are 7-10-0 against the spread
The Minnesota Golden Gophers are 9-7-1 against the over/under
Key Penn State Nittany Lions Injuries
12/14/18 F Satchel Pierce Academics is out for season
Key Minnesota Golden Gophers Injuries
11/08/18 G Marcus Carr Eligibility is out indefinitely
Rasir Bolton averages 12.1 points per game in 27.1 minutes per contest. He averages 1.5 assists per contest and 1.9 rebounds per game. His field goal percentage is 39% for the year while his free throw percentage is 90%. Lamar Stevens comes into this contest averaging 18.1 points per game while playing 35.8 minutes per night. He pulls down 8.0 rebounds per game and dishes out 2.0 assists per game as well. His field goal percentage is 44% while his free throw percentage is at 77%.
Jordan Murphy averages 14.4 points per game and he sees the court an average of 29.7 minutes per contest. He also averages 11.6 rebounds per contest and 2.6 assists per game. His field goal percentage is 49% and his free throw percentage is 68%. Amir Coffey averages 15.9 points per game while playing 32.7 minutes per contest. He grabs 3.1 rebounds per game and has 3.1 assists per contest on the year. His field goal percentage is 44% and his free throw percentage is at 72%.
Useful Team Statistics
The Nittany Lions allow 68.3 points per game to their opponents which ranks them 104th in Division 1. They also allow a 45% shooting percentage and a 35% average from behind the arc, ranking them 273rd and 253rd in those defensive categories. Opponents average 34.6 rebounds a game which ranks 168th, and they give up 12.1 assists per contest which puts them in 94th place in the NCAA. They force 13.7 turnovers per game which ranks them 180th in the nation. Penn State averages 68.0 points per contest this season, which ranks them 301st in the country. Their average scoring margin is -0.3 and their shooting percentage is 41% as a team, which has them ranked 314th. Behind the arc they shoot 31% which is good for 309th in D-1. They average 36.6 rebounds per game and 12.5 assists per contest, which ranks them 134th and 257th in those offensive categories. In the turnover department they rank 207th with 13.0 per game.
Useful Team Statistics
The Golden Gophers surrender 69.9 points per contest, which ranks them 135th in the NCAA. Their defense allows a 44% shooting percentage and a 35% average from 3-point range, ranking them 194th and 240th in those defensive statistics. They rank 53rd with 11.2 assists allowed per contest, and 133rd with 34.1 rebounds surrendered per game. The Golden Gophers are 115th in Division 1 in forcing turnovers with 12.9 per game. Minnesota is 151st in the country with 74.9 points per game this year. They are 203rd in the D-1 in shooting at 44%, while their average scoring margin is 5.0. They shoot 32% from 3-point range, which is good for 276th in the nation. They are 59th in the country in rebounding with 38.6 boards per game and 73rd in assists per contest with 15.3. The Golden Gophers are 223rd in turnovers per game with 12.8.
The Nittany Lions have an offensive rating of 98.7, which is ranked 279th. They are 267th in college basketball in pace with 68.4 possessions per 40 minutes, and their eFG% of 47% is 310th. As a unit they are 325th in the nation in true shooting percentage with 50% and they shoot 3-pointers on 39% of their shot attempts, ranking 155th in D-1. Penn State is 197th in turnovers, as they turn the ball over an average of 16.1 times per 100 possessions.
Minnesota is 262nd in college basketball in turnovers, as they turn the ball over an average of 15.3 times per 100 possessions. The Golden Gophers are 127th in the country in offensive rating with 106.4. In terms of pace they are 179th in Division 1 with 70.3 possessions per 40 minutes, and their effective field goal percentage of 49% is 268th. As a team they are 244th in D-1 in true shooting percentage with 53% and they shoot 3-pointers on 30% of their shots, ranking 336th in the nation.
Who will win tonight's Penn State/Minnesota college basketball game against the spread?
Tony's Pick: Take Minnesota -4.5
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