Minnesota at Michigan State 1/11/17 - CBB Picks & Predictions
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Minnesota Golden Gophers vs. MSU4 Spartans
NCAAB: 7:00 PM EST
Jan. 11, 2017
Latest Odds : MSU -4.5 Total 139
Minnesota and Michigan State are two of four teams tied for the Big 10 lead at 3-1. Michigan State lost some games early on, and at 11-6 have been written off at times, but the Spartans are always a team that gets better as the season develops.
Earlier in the season at Minnesota, Michigan State overcame a 14-point second half deficit to beat the Gophers by one in overtime. In that game Michigan State shot 45 percent and held Minnesota to 37 percent from the field.
While Michigan State struggled some early, four of its six losses have come to ranked teams. The Spartans are coming off a loss to Penn State.
Minnesota has finally gotten itself ranked, and has put together a 15-2 season thus far. Apart from the loss to the Spartans, the Gophers lost early on to a then-unranked Florida State team.
Michigan State is averaging 72.7 points per game and giving up 67.9. The Spartans are led by Miles Bridges who is averaging 14.3 points and 8.2 rebounds per game. Nick ward is averaging 13.8 and shooting 60 percent on the season.
Minnesota is averaging 77.4 points and giving up 66.7 per game. The Gophers have four players averaging in double figures. Nate Mason leads the way at 14.4 points per game. Amir Coffey and Dupree McBrayer are both averaging 12 points per game. Coffey was the Big - 10 player of the week last week. Jordan Murphy is averaging 10.6 points and 8.5 rebounds per game.
Recent Betting Trends:
Golden Gophers are 4-1 ATS in their last 5 games following a ATS win.
Spartans are 22-9 ATS in their last 31 games following a straight up loss.
Under is 21-9 in Golden Gophers last 30 Wednesday games.
Over is 4-1 in Spartans last 5 vs. a team with a winning straight up record.
Free Betting Pick: Minnesota Golden Gophers +4.5
This Gophers team is young and getting better every game, last two games Minnesota has won two impressive Big Ten games. Confidence for young Gophers is huge and facing the up and down Spartans it's Minnesota pulling the upset tonight. Final Score Prediction, Minnesota Golden Gophers win outright as underdog 78-74.