Minnesota Golden Gophers vs Michigan State Spartans Prediction, 1/12/2022 College Basketball Picks, Best Bets & Odds
Game: Minnesota Golden Gophers vs Michigan State Spartans
Date: Wednesday, January 12, 2022
Location: Breslin Center in East Lansing, MI
Breslin Center is the site where the Michigan State Spartans (13-2) will attempt to defeat the Minnesota Golden Gophers (10-3) on Wednesday.
The Minnesota Golden Gophers faced Indiana and walked away from this one with a loss by a score of 73-60 in their last contest. Minnesota finished the contest with a 38.3% field goal percentage (23 out of 60) and knocked down 5 out of their 25 shots from 3-point land. When they shot from the free throw line, the Golden Gophers knocked down 9 of 12 attempts for a rate of 75.0%. Concerning rebounding, they compiled 30 with 3 of them being on the offensive end. They also dished out 6 assists in the matchup while forcing 6 turnovers and having 5 steals. With respect to the defense, Minnesota let their opponent shoot 48.2% from the field on 27 out of 56 shooting. Indiana totaled 17 dimes and had 3 steals in this contest. In addition, Indiana had 37 rebounds (6 offensive, 31 defensive), but didn't record a block for the team. Indiana finished shooting 66.7% at the charity stripe by knocking down 10 of their 15 tries. They also knocked down 9 of their 24 shots from long range. When it comes to fouls, the Golden Gophers walked away with 17 and Indiana accumulated 15 fouls.
Payton Willis is one guy who came through in this game. He was able to score 18 points on 8 out of 18 shooting. He was on the court for 38 mins and also snagged 5 rebounds. He finished 44.4% from the field and also totaled 2 assists.
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Minnesota steps onto the hardwood with a record of 10-3 this year. They currently have an average of 69.6 pts per contest (244th in college basketball) on 45.1% from the field. The Golden Gophers are shooting 34.1% on three-point attempts (92 of 270) and 70.9% from the charity stripe. As a unit, Minnesota is collecting 32.9 rebounds per game and is sitting with 161 assists this season, which ranks 282nd in Division 1 in terms of passing. They lose possession via turnover 9.2 times per game and as a squad are committing 13.8 fouls per contest.
Defensively, the Golden Gophers have forced 11.4 turnovers per game while drawing 16.1 personal fouls. They rank 88th in college basketball in giving up assists to the opposition with 155 surrendered on the year. The Golden Gophers defensively are giving up an opponent shooting percentage of 41.9% (324 of 773) and they concede 38.5 boards per game as a group. They give up 26.9% on shots from beyond the arc and they rank 91st in college hoops in opponents PPG (64.8).
For their last game, the Michigan State Spartans got the victory with a final of 79-67 when they played Nebraska. Regarding rebounding, Michigan State allowed Nebraska to snag 25 overall (4 on the offensive glass). They wrapped up this game 30.4% from three-point range by going 7 of 23 and ended up shooting 6 out of 11 at the free throw line (54.5%). The Spartans permitted Nebraska to knock down 27 of 60 tries from the field which gave them a percentage of 45.0% in this game. When this game wrapped up, the Spartans finished 29 for 56 from the floor which had them shooting 51.8%. In relation to shots from downtown, Michigan State knocked down 8 out of 17 tries (47.1%). They were able to bury 13 of the free throw tries for a rate of 68.4%. Nebraska was called for 15 fouls for this contest which took the Spartans to the free throw line for a total of 19 tries. They turned it over 19 times, while getting 13 steals in this matchup. The Spartans were able to collect 28 defensive boards and 9 offensive boards for a total of 37 in the game.
Max Christie ended up being a factor for the Spartans for the matchup. He had 21 points in his 31 minutes of playing time and added 1 assist in this contest. He buried 7 of 9 in this matchup for a field goal percentage of 77.8%, and tallied 4 rebounds.
Michigan State has a record of 13-2 this season. The Spartans are committing 15.3 fouls per contest while shooting 72.4% from the charity stripe. Their rate of dishing out assists is at 16.9 times per game (24th in college hoops) and they lose possession by turning the ball over 14.5 times per game. Michigan State has scored 1,137 points for the year (75.8 per game) and they grab 40.9 boards per contest. As an offense, the Spartans are hitting on 46.5% from the floor, which has them ranked 76th in the nation.
The Michigan State defense allows 28.7% on shots from distance (98 of 341) and their opponents are converting on 70.7% of their foul shots. They have relinquished 12.0 assists and 32.2 total rebounds per game, which has them ranked 140th and 78th in the country. The Spartans on the defensive side of the court are 106th in college hoops in points given up per game with 65.5. They are forcing 11.4 TO's per game and allow teams to shoot 39.2% from the floor (38th in D-1).
Who will win tonight's NCAA basketball game against the spread?
Josh Schonwald's Pick: Take Minnesota
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