Minnesota vs Michigan State NCAA Basketball Tips 1/9/2020
Game: Minnesota Golden Gophers vs Michigan State Spartans
Date: Thursday, January 9, 2020
Location: Breslin Center in East Lansing, MI
TV: ESPN, ESPN2
Odds/Point Spread: Michigan State -12
The Minnesota Golden Gophers travel to Breslin Center to play the Michigan State Spartans on Thursday, January 9, 2020. The opening line for this matchup has Michigan State as 12 point favorites.
Minnesota comes into this game with an overall record of 8-6. They currently have a point differential of 8.5 as they are averaging 74.6 points per game while giving up 66.1 per contest. Michigan State has an overall record of 12-3. They are averaging 81.7 points per game and surrendering 64.1, good for a point differential of 17.7.
Valuable Minnesota Golden Gophers Betting Trends
The Minnesota Golden Gophers are 9-4-1 against the spread
The Minnesota Golden Gophers are 6-8-0 against the over/under
Important Michigan State Spartans Betting Trends
The Michigan State Spartans are 7-8-0 against the spread
The Michigan State Spartans are 9-6-0 against the over/under
Key Minnesota Golden Gophers Injuries
11/05/19 F Eric Curry Knee is out for season
01/05/20 C Sam Freeman Undisclosed is questionable
Key Michigan State Spartans Injuries
12/19/19 G Joshua Langford Foot is out for season
11/13/19 F Joey Hauser Eligibility is out for season
Marcus Carr averages 15.9 points per game in 36.9 minutes per contest. He averages 6.9 assists per contest and 5.5 rebounds per game. His field goal percentage is 37% for the year while his free throw percentage is 73%. Daniel Oturu comes into this contest averaging 19.1 points per game while playing 32.9 minutes per night. He pulls down 12.4 rebounds per game and dishes out 1.3 assists per game as well. His field goal percentage is 44% while his free throw percentage is at 73%.
Xavier Tillman averages 13.9 points per game and he sees the court an average of 30.5 minutes per contest. He also averages 9.8 rebounds per contest and 2.9 assists per game. His field goal percentage is 56% and his free throw percentage is 66%. Cassius Winston averages 18.9 points per game while playing 31.1 minutes per contest. He grabs 2.1 rebounds per game and has 6.3 assists per contest on the year. His field goal percentage is 44% and his free throw percentage is at 85%.
Useful Team Statistics
The Golden Gophers allow 66.1 points per game to their opponents which ranks them 115th in Division 1. They also allow a 41% shooting percentage and a 33% average from behind the arc, ranking them 103rd and 202nd in those defensive categories. Opponents average 33.9 rebounds a game which ranks 121st, and they give up 12.4 assists per contest which puts them in 169th place in the NCAA. They force 12.9 turnovers per game which ranks them 94th in the nation. Minnesota averages 74.6 points per contest this season, which ranks them 113th in the country. Their average scoring margin is 8.5 and their shooting percentage is 44% as a team, which has them ranked 181st. Behind the arc they shoot 35% which is good for 126th in D-1. They average 40.4 rebounds per game and 16.4 assists per contest, which ranks them 34th and 31st in those offensive categories. In the turnover department they rank 158th with 13.9 per game.
Useful Team Statistics
The Spartans surrender 64.1 points per contest, which ranks them 72nd in the NCAA. Their defense allows a 37% shooting percentage and a 28% average from 3-point range, ranking them 11th and 26th in those defensive statistics. They rank 211th with 12.9 assists allowed per contest, and 70th with 32.7 rebounds surrendered per game. The Spartans are 46th in Division 1 in forcing turnovers with 12.2 per game. Michigan State is 13th in the country with 81.7 points per game this year. They are 46th in the D-1 in shooting at 47%, while their average scoring margin is 17.7. They shoot 35% from 3-point range, which is good for 111th in the nation. They are 3rd in the country in rebounding with 43.2 boards per game and 1st in assists per contest with 19.7. The Spartans are 261st in turnovers per game with 12.5.
The Golden Gophers are 90th in the nation in offensive rating with 106.2. In terms of pace they are 241st in the country with 69.1 possessions per 40 minutes, and their effective field goal percentage of 51% is 140th. As a team they are 139th in college basketball in true shooting percentage with 54% and they shoot 3-pointers on 42% of their shots, ranking 67th in Division 1. Minnesota is 179th in turnovers, as they turn the ball over an average of 16.7 times per 100 possessions.
Michigan State is 294th in the country in turnovers, as they turn the ball over an average of 15 times per 100 possessions. The Spartans have an offensive rating of 113.6, which is ranked 6th. They are 101st in D-1 in pace with 71.9 possessions per 40 minutes, and their eFG% of 54% is 53rd. As a unit they are 33rd in college basketball in true shooting percentage with 58% and they shoot 3-pointers on 38% of their shot attempts, ranking 181st in the country.
Who will win tonight's Minnesota/Michigan State college basketball game against the spread?
Josh's Pick: Take Michigan State -12
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