Penn State vs Minnesota Predictions, Picks, Tips, 1/15/2020
Game: Penn State Nittany Lions vs Minnesota Golden Gophers
Date: Wednesday, January 15, 2020
Location: Williams Arena in Minneapolis, MN
Odds/Point Spread: Minnesota -3
The Penn State Nittany Lions travel to Williams Arena to play the Minnesota Golden Gophers on Wednesday, January 15, 2020. The opening line for this matchup has Minnesota as 3 point favorites.
Penn State heads into this matchup with a mark of 12-4. They currently have a point differential of 10.7 as they are averaging 77.8 points per contest while giving up 67.1 per game. Minnesota has an overall mark of 9-7. They are averaging 73.6 points per contest and giving up 66.7, which is a point differential of 6.9.
Valuable Penn State Nittany Lions Betting Trends
The Penn State Nittany Lions are 9-7-0 against the spread
The Penn State Nittany Lions are 9-7-0 against the over/under
Important Minnesota Golden Gophers Betting Trends
The Minnesota Golden Gophers are 10-5-1 against the spread
The Minnesota Golden Gophers are 7-9-0 against the over/under
Key Penn State Nittany Lions Injuries
No key injuries to report
Key Minnesota Golden Gophers Injuries
11/05/19 F Eric Curry Knee is out for season
Myreon Jones averages 13.8 points per game in 29.5 minutes per contest. He averages 2.8 assists per contest and 2.9 rebounds per game. His field goal percentage is 44% for the year while his free throw percentage is 87%. Lamar Stevens comes into this contest averaging 16.3 points per game while playing 29.5 minutes per night. He pulls down 7.3 rebounds per game and dishes out 2.4 assists per game as well. His field goal percentage is 63% while his free throw percentage is at 70%.
Marcus Carr averages 15.9 points per game and he sees the court an average of 36.5 minutes per contest. He also averages 5.3 rebounds per contest and 7.2 assists per game. His field goal percentage is 38% and his free throw percentage is 74%. Daniel Oturu averages 19.9 points per game while playing 33.1 minutes per contest. He grabs 11.9 rebounds per game and has 1.2 assists per contest on the year. His field goal percentage is 63% and his free throw percentage is at 70%.
Useful Team Statistics
The Nittany Lions allow 67.1 points per game to their opponents which ranks them 134th in Division 1. They also allow a 40% shooting percentage and a 34% average from behind the arc, ranking them 55th and 248th in those defensive categories. Opponents average 37.2 rebounds a game which ranks 276th, and they give up 11.8 assists per contest which puts them in 120th place in the NCAA. They force 15.1 turnovers per game which ranks them 256th in the nation. Penn State averages 77.8 points per contest this season, which ranks them 47th in the country. Their average scoring margin is 10.7 and their shooting percentage is 44% as a team, which has them ranked 146th. Behind the arc they shoot 31% which is good for 282nd in D-1. They average 40.4 rebounds per game and 14.9 assists per contest, which ranks them 30th and 69th in those offensive categories. In the turnover department they rank 265th with 12.5 per game.
Useful Team Statistics
The Golden Gophers surrender 66.7 points per contest, which ranks them 118th in the NCAA. Their defense allows a 41% shooting percentage and a 33% average from 3-point range, ranking them 122nd and 199th in those defensive statistics. They rank 210th with 12.9 assists allowed per contest, and 148th with 34.6 rebounds surrendered per game. The Golden Gophers are 80th in Division 1 in forcing turnovers with 12.5 per game. Minnesota is 127th in the country with 73.6 points per game this year. They are 159th in the D-1 in shooting at 44%, while their average scoring margin is 6.9. They shoot 34% from 3-point range, which is good for 155th in the nation. They are 51st in the country in rebounding with 39.3 boards per game and 29th in assists per contest with 16.2. The Golden Gophers are 222nd in turnovers per game with 13.1.
The Nittany Lions are 87th in the nation in offensive rating with 106.4. In terms of pace they are 54th in the country with 73.1 possessions per 40 minutes, and their effective field goal percentage of 51% is 156th. As a team they are 165th in college basketball in true shooting percentage with 53% and they shoot 3-pointers on 41% of their shots, ranking 98th in Division 1. Penn State is 304th in turnovers, as they turn the ball over an average of 14.7 times per 100 possessions.
Minnesota is 228th in the country in turnovers, as they turn the ball over an average of 16.1 times per 100 possessions. The Golden Gophers have an offensive rating of 105.8, which is ranked 95th. They are 257th in D-1 in pace with 68.5 possessions per 40 minutes, and their eFG% of 51% is 133rd. As a unit they are 145th in college basketball in true shooting percentage with 54% and they shoot 3-pointers on 41% of their shot attempts, ranking 89th in the country.
Who will win tonight's Penn State/Minnesota college basketball game against the spread?
Josh's Pick: Take Minnesota -3
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