FIU vs Minnesota Expert NCAA Basketball Picks 12/28/2019
Game: FIU Panthers vs Minnesota Golden Gophers
Date: Saturday, December 28, 2019
Location: Williams Arena in Minneapolis, MN
Odds/Point Spread: Minnesota -10.5
The FIU Panthers head to Williams Arena to take on the Minnesota Golden Gophers on Saturday, December 28, 2019. The opening line for this game has Minnesota as 10.5 point favorites.
FIU heads into this matchup with a mark of 9-3. They currently have a point differential of 13.7 as they are averaging 84.1 points per contest while giving up 70.4 per game. Minnesota has an overall mark of 6-5. They are averaging 72.8 points per contest and giving up 64.8, which is a point differential of 8.0.
Valuable FIU Panthers Betting Trends
The FIU Panthers are 6-3-0 against the spread this season
The FIU Panthers are 3-6-0 against the over/under this year
Important Minnesota Golden Gophers Betting Trends
The Minnesota Golden Gophers are 7-3-1 against the spread this season
The Minnesota Golden Gophers are 4-7-0 against the over/under this year
Key FIU Panthers Injuries
No key injuries to report
Key Minnesota Golden Gophers Injuries
12/21/19 G Payton Willis Ankle is questionable
11/05/19 F Eric Curry Knee is out for season
Devon Andrews comes into this game averaging 16.7 points per contest while playing 28.7 minutes per night this year. He grabs 5.0 rebounds per contest and distributes 2.4 assists per game. His FG percentage is 65% while his free throw percentage is 66%. Osasumwen Osaghae averages 13.4 points per contest in 25.3 minutes per game. He averages 0.3 assists per game and 8.2 rebounds per contest. His field goal percentage is 73% for the season while his free throw percentage is 78%.
Daniel Oturu scores 18.0 points per contest while playing 31.6 minutes per game. He hauls in 10.9 rebounds per contest and has 1.2 assists per game on the season. His FG percentage is 65% and his free throw percentage is at 67%. Marcus Carr averages 14.6 points per game this year and he sees the court an average of 35.8 minutes per game. He also brings in 5.5 rebounds per game and has 7.1 assists per contest. His field goal percentage is 38% and his free throw percentage is 64%.
Useful Team Statistics
FIU averages 84.1 points per contest, which is 5th in D-1. Their average scoring margin is 13.7 and their shooting percentage is 48% as a unit, which has them ranked 35th. From 3-point territory they shoot 37%, which is good for 55th in the nation. They average 38.0 boards per contest and 17.0 assists per game, which ranks them 105th and 21st in those offensive categories. In the turnover department they are 26th with 16.4 per game. The Panthers allow 70.4 points per contest, which is 213th in the NCAA. They also surrender a 38% shooting percentage and a 25% average from 3-point range, ranking them 28th and 6th in defensive field goal percentage. Opponents average 40.8 rebounds a game which ranks 338th, and they allow 10.4 assists per game which puts them in 48th place in the country. They force 18.5 turnovers per game which ranks them 339th in Division 1.
Useful Team Statistics
Minnesota is 163rd in the nation with 72.8 points per contest this season. They are 114th in the country in shooting at 45%, while their average scoring margin is 8.0. They shoot 35% from beyond the arc, which is good for 106th in the NCAA. They are 99th in D-1 in rebounding with 38.3 boards per contest and 32nd in assists per game with 16.4. The Golden Gophers are 175th in turnovers per contest with 13.7. The Golden Gophers give up 64.8 points per game, which ranks them 92nd in Division 1. Their defense surrenders a 41% shooting percentage and a 33% average from behind the 3-point line, ranking them 111th and 177th in those defensive statistics. They rank 107th with 11.5 dimes allowed per game and 113th with 33.6 boards surrendered per contest. The Golden Gophers are 74th in the nation in forcing turnovers with 12.7 per contest this year.
The Panthers have an offensive rating of 107.2, which is ranked 77th. They are 6th in college basketball in pace with 78.4 possessions per 40 minutes, and their eFG% of 56% is 16th. As a unit they are 31st in the nation in true shooting percentage with 58% and they shoot 3-pointers on 44% of their shot attempts, ranking 49th in D-1. FIU is 71st in turnovers, as they turn the ball over an average of 18.5 times per 100 possessions.
Minnesota is 151st in the country in turnovers, as they turn the ball over an average of 17.1 times per 100 possessions. The Golden Gophers have an offensive rating of 105.8, which is ranked 97th. They are 248th in D-1 in pace with 68.9 possessions per 40 minutes, and their eFG% of 53% is 80th. As a unit they are 122nd in college basketball in true shooting percentage with 55% and they shoot 3-pointers on 43% of their shot attempts, ranking 60th in the country.
Who will win tonight's FIU/Minnesota college basketball game against the spread?
Guy's Pick: Take FIU +10.5
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