Minnesota vs Illinois Predictions, Picks, Betting Tips 1/30/2020
Game: Minnesota Golden Gophers vs Illinois Fighting Illini
Date: Thursday, January 30, 2020
Location: State Farm Center in Champaign, IL
Odds/Point Spread: Illinois -5.5
The Minnesota Golden Gophers travel to State Farm Center to play the Illinois Fighting Illini on Thursday, January 30, 2020. The opening line for this matchup has Illinois as 5.5 point favorites.
Minnesota heads into this matchup with a mark of 11-9. They currently have a point differential of 4.7 as they are averaging 71.2 points per contest while giving up 66.5 per game. Illinois has an overall record of 15-5. They are averaging 75.4 points per game and surrendering 64.5, good for a point differential of 10.9.
Valuable Minnesota Golden Gophers Betting Trends
The Minnesota Golden Gophers are 12-7-1 against the spread
The Minnesota Golden Gophers are 8-12-0 against the over/under
Important Illinois Fighting Illini Betting Trends
The Illinois Fighting Illini are 10-8-1 against the spread
The Illinois Fighting Illini are 8-11-0 against the over/under
Key Minnesota Golden Gophers Injuries
11/05/19 F Eric Curry Knee is out for season
Key Illinois Fighting Illini Injuries
01/23/20 G Alan Griffin Suspension is out next 2 games
01/22/20 F Benjamin Bosmans-Verdonk Leg is out indefinitely
Daniel Oturu comes into this contest averaging 19.7 points per game while playing 34.0 minutes per night this season. He pulls down 11.3 rebounds per game and dishes out 1.2 assists per game as well. His field goal percentage is 49% while his free throw percentage currently sits at 68%. Marcus Carr averages 16.1 points per game in 36.9 minutes per contest this season. He averages 6.9 assists per contest and 5.4 rebounds per game. His field goal percentage is 38% for the year while his free throw percentage is 75%.
Ayo Dosunmu averages 16.2 points per game while playing 32.3 minutes per contest this year. He grabs 4.3 rebounds per game and has 3.5 assists per contest on the year. His field goal percentage is 49% and his free throw percentage is at 83%. Kofi Cockburn averages 14.5 points per game this season and he sees the court an average of 27.4 minutes per contest. He also averages 9.4 rebounds per contest and 0.7 assists per game. His field goal percentage is 54% and his free throw percentage is 67%.
Useful Team Statistics
Minnesota averages 71.2 points per contest this season, which ranks them 186th in the NCAA. Their average scoring margin is 4.7 and their shooting percentage is 43% as a team, which has them ranked 234th. Behind the arc they shoot 32% which is good for 234th in the nation. They average 38.9 rebounds per game and 15.3 assists per game, which ranks them 55th and 40th in those offensive categories. In the turnover department they rank 285th with 12.1 per game. The Golden Gophers allow 66.5 points per game to their opponents which ranks them 108th in the country. They also allow a 41% shooting percentage and a 34% average from behind the arc, ranking them 119th and 227th in those defensive categories. Opponents average 35.3 rebounds a game which ranks 188th and they give up 12.8 assists per contest, which puts them in 202nd place in Division 1. They force 11.8 turnovers per game which ranks them 36th in D-1.
Useful Team Statistics
Illinois is 80th in the country with 75.4 points per game this year. They are 43rd in Division 1 in shooting at 47%, while their average scoring margin is 10.9. They shoot 31% from 3-point range, which is good for 280th in the nation. They are 19th in the NCAA in rebounding with 40.5 boards per game, and 119th in assists per contest with 14.0. The Fighting Illini are 201st in turnovers per game with 13.1. The Fighting Illini surrender 64.5 points per contest, which ranks them 64th in D-1. Their defense allows a 41% shooting percentage and a 33% average from 3-point range, ranking them 87th and 150th in those defensive statistics. They rank 50th with 10.7 assists allowed per contest and 21st with 30.8 rebounds surrendered per game. The Fighting Illini are 60th in country in forcing turnovers with 12.1 per game.
The Golden Gophers are 113th in the nation in offensive rating with 104.7. In terms of pace they are 292nd in the country with 67.1 possessions per 40 minutes, and their effective field goal percentage of 49% is 211th. As a team they are 214th in college basketball in true shooting percentage with 53% and they shoot 3-pointers on 42% of their shots, ranking 71st in Division 1. Minnesota is 272nd in turnovers, as they turn the ball over an average of 15.2 times per 100 possessions.
Illinois is 222nd in college basketball in turnovers, as they turn the ball over an average of 16 times per 100 possessions. The Fighting Illini are 41st in the country in offensive rating with 109. In terms of pace they are 237th in Division 1 with 68.7 possessions per 40 minutes, and their effective field goal percentage of 51% is 122nd. As a team they are 97th in D-1 in true shooting percentage with 55% and they shoot 3-pointers on 30% of their shots, ranking 325th in the nation.
Who will win tonight's Minnesota/Illinois college basketball game against the spread?
Tony's Pick: Take Illinois -5.5
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