Rutgers Scarlet Knights vs Minnesota Golden Gophers Prediction, 3/6/2021 College Basketball Pick, Tips and Odds
Game: Rutgers Scarlet Knights vs Minnesota Golden Gophers
Date: Saturday, March 6, 2021
Location: Williams Arena in Minneapolis, MN
Odds/Point Spread: Rutgers (-1.5)
Williams Arena is the venue where and the Minnesota Golden Gophers (13-13) will play the Rutgers Scarlet Knights (13-10) on Saturday. The line on this contest has Rutgers as 1.5-point favorites. The total opens at 140.
Rutgers heads into this one with a mark of 13-10 this year. The Scarlet Knights are shooting 31.3% on 3-point shots (141 of 451) and 62.4% from the charity stripe. They are averaging 70.1 pts per contest (209th in Division 1) while going 45.3% from the floor. They are turning it over 11.2 times per contest and as a unit they are committing 17.1 fouls every game. As a team, Rutgers is grabbing 35.4 boards per contest and has 322 dimes on the year, which has them ranked 107th in D-1 in terms of passing the rock. On the defensive end, the Scarlet Knights are forcing 13.1 turnovers per game while drawing 16.0 fouls. They are ranked 246th in D-1 in giving up assists to the opposition with 311 surrendered on the campaign. The Scarlet Knights are allowing a FG percentage of 42.2% (554 of 1,313) and they concede 36.0 rebounds per game as a unit. They are relinquishing 33.4% on 3-point shots while they are 113th in college basketball in points per game from their opponents (68.0).
The Rutgers Scarlet Knights faced the Nebraska Cornhuskers and took a loss by a score of 72-51 in their last contest. Rutgers walked away from the contest having earned a 38.6% field goal percentage (22 of 57) and converted 3 out of their 23 3-point shots. At the free throw line, the Scarlet Knights made 4 of their 6 shots for a rate of 66.7%. With regard to grabbing rebounds, they earned 28 with 6 of them being on the offensive end. They also recorded 6 assists for the contest in addition to creating 13 turnovers and getting 6 steals. In the matter of defending, Rutgers allowed the other team to shoot 51.9% from the floor on 28 out of 54 shooting. Nebraska recorded 19 assists and had 11 steals in the game. On top of that, Nebraska totaled 37 rebounds (7 offensive, 30 defensive) and added 1 block. Nebraska went 61.5% when shooting free throws by making 8 of their 13 tries. They knocked down 8 of 24 tries from 3-point land.
Jacob Young is a player who was a factor in the matchup. He was able to score 12 points on 6 out of 13 shooting. He played 34 minutes played and collected 3 rebounds. Young finished the game at 46.2% from the field and also totaled 2 assists. Someone else that was a contributor in the game for the Scarlet Knights was Ron Harper. He pulled down 6 rebounds in his 26 min played on the night. He walked away from this one shooting 55.6% from the field in the game by shooting 5-of-9 (10 points). Overall, Harper earned 2 assists.
Minnesota has a record of 13-13 on the campaign. As an offensive team, the Golden Gophers are shooting 39.8% from the field, which is 335th in college hoops. Minnesota has scored 1,907 pts this year (73.3 per contest) and they grab 36.2 boards per game. They are earning an assist 14.0 times per game (122nd in the country) and they turn the ball over 10.9 times per game. The Golden Gophers commit 18.5 fouls every game and they shoot 75.2% from the free throw line. The Golden Gophers on the defensive end are ranked 268th in college basketball in points per game surrendered with 73.9. They have forced 13.5 turnovers on a nightly basis and allow teams to shoot 44.4% from the field (224th in the nation). The Minnesota defense allows 35.3% on 3-point shots (175 of 496) and opponents are making 70.6% of their free throw attempts. They have conceded 15.0 dimes and 39.9 boards every game, which is 302nd and 337th in the country.
When they last played, the Minnesota Golden Gophers took a loss by a final score of 84-65 against the Penn State Nittany Lions. The Golden Gophers corralled 22 defensive boards and 7 offensive boards totaling 29 for this game. They also turned it over 7 times, while earning 5 steals in the matchup. The Nittany Lions were called for 15 fouls in this contest which got the Golden Gophers to the charity stripe for 24 tries. They were able to convert 18 of the free throws for a rate of 75.0%. With respect to shooting from downtown, Minnesota made 5 out of their 18 tries (27.8%). When the final whistle blew, the Golden Gophers ended up going 21 out of 59 from the floor which gave them a shooting percentage of 35.6%. The Golden Gophers permitted the Nittany Lions to make 32 of 70 tries from the field which gave them a rate of 45.7% in this game. They finished the game shooting 40.0% from behind the 3-point line via 10 out of 25 and finished the contest at 10 of 19 from the charity stripe (52.6%). Regarding team rebounding, Minnesota allowed Penn State to snag 44 in total (16 on the offensive side).
Marcus Carr ended up being a factor for the Golden Gophers for this game. He knocked down 4 out of 13 for the game giving him a field goal percentage of 30.8%, and earned 2 rebounds. Carr totaled 22 points in his 40 mins of playing time and added 4 dimes in this matchup. Another guy that ended being a contributor for Minnesota was Tre' Williams. He wrapped the game up with 3 dimes in 35 mins on the court, and he shot 8 of 14 from the floor. Williams ended the game having shot 57.1% from the floor while also totaling 17 points and 5 rebounds.
So what is Tonights Parlay prediction?
Parlay's Pundit's Pick: Take Minnesota (+1.5) and over 140 points
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