The Michigan State Spartans and the Minnesota Golden Gophers go head to head this afternoon. Who will get the money as Big Ten Conference action opens in this early tip?
The No. 11 Minnesota Golden Gophers
have notched eight straight victories, with a 4-3 spread record in
the stretch’s seven ‘board’ contests. Monday afternoon’s NCAA Basketball betting slate has Tubby Smith’s crew hosting the No. 19
Michigan State Spartans, who are 3-1 ATS in their last four meetings
Golden Gophers cruise at home
Minnesota wrapped up its non-conference
schedule with a 75-50 victory on Dec. 22 against the Lafayette
Leopards, failing to collect as 30-point home ‘chalk.’ The Golden
Gophers outrebounded Lafayette, 40-22, while leveraging its bench
throughout the affair.
Minnesota’s Joe Coleman connected
6-of-8 buckets from the floor, finishing with a team-high 12 points.
Coleman’s mates Julian Welch and Andre Ingram grabbed six boards
each, while uniting for seven of their side’s 13 steals.
The lopsided battle’s combined 125
points dipped below the ‘total’ of 141, moving the UNDER to 2-0
in the Golden Gophers’ last pair of duels. Minnesota sank 14-of-25
free throws, with forward Maurice Walker knocking down 6-of-8 from
Spartans, Nix rally past Longhorns
Michigan State logged its six straight
win in last week’s 67-56 triumph over the Texas Longhorns, falling
a ‘hook’ short of cashing as an 11 ½-point home favorite. The
Spartans recovered from a 33-28 halftime deficit, while holding Texas
to 36.5 percent field shooting.
Spartans center Derrick Nix piled in a
season-high 25 points, while adding 11 boards for his second
double-double in three games. Michigan State’s Keith Appling and
Denzel Valentine recorded three assists each, with mate Travis Trice
being held scoreless in 25 minutes of action.
The duel’s combined 123 points ducked
below the ‘total’ of 124 ½, making the UNDER cash at 5-1 in the
Spartans’ last six battles with a ‘total.’ Michigan State was
held to a 2-for-11 mark outside the arc, while edging out Texas in
Back Minnesota as home ‘chalk’
The NCAA Basketball odds makers at Bookmaker.eu opened Minnesota as a
six-point home favorite for this 2 p.m. (ET) tip, while first listing
the ‘total’ at 127 ½.
I am laying the points here, and adding Minnesota to my NCAA Basketball picks tonight. We fully expect for
the Golden Gophers to avenge their four straight losses to Michigan
State in this spot.
Minnesota has held foes to 52.8 PPG in
its first eight home dates, with a 4-2 ATS mark in the span’s six
‘board’ battles. Golden Gophers senior Rodney Williams has been
one of the Big Ten’s top two shot blockers (1.5 BPG), while Austin
Hollins ranks third in steals (2.3 SPG).
Michigan State has a 1-5 spread record
in its last six road games, while held to 63 PPG in its four spots
away from home this year. The Spartans missed cashing in last
February’s trip to Minneapolis and this time will be without
Draymond Green, who led the matchup in scoring, boards, assists and
Look for Minnesota to have its chances
of running it up here, while adding another cashed ticket to a 10-4-1
ATS mark in its last 15 battles against squads with winning records.
NCAA Basketball Picks: Minnesota -6 at Bookamker