The Minnesota Golden Gophers (14-12, 3-10 Big 10) travel to Assembly Hall to clash with the Indiana Hoosiers (13-12, 6-7 Big 10). The Golden Gophers are 7-point underdogs and will attempt to put an end to their six-game losing streak. The game’s Over/Under (O/U) opened at 145 points and it starts at 7:30 p.m. ET on Friday, February 9, 2018.
Minnesota Golden Gophers at Indiana Hoosiers Betting Odds
In their last matchup, the Hoosiers dismantled the Rutgers Scarlet Knights, 65-43, while the Golden Gophers fell to the Nebraska Cornhuskers, 91-85.
Indiana’s effective field goal percentage was their biggest advantage over Rutgers. The Hoosiers had a rate of 0.518 (above their season average of 0.500), while the Scarlet Knights posted a mark of 0.278 (below their season average of 0.445). Minnesota, meanwhile, had a turnover percentage of 7.5 (better than their season average of 13.4). Indiana received a boost from Juwan Morgan, who recorded 24 points and eight rebounds. Meanwhile, Jordan Murphy played a pivotal role for Minnesota with 22 points and 13 rebounds.
The offensive glass could be a major edge for Indiana in this showdown. The Hoosiers rank 77th in offensive rebounding percentage (32.6 percent), while Minnesota ranks 187th in defensive rebounding percentage (71.3 percent).
Vegas is known to place the total low when the Golden Gophers are involved, as 14 of their 25 games have ended over the total. Minnesota holds records of 14-12 straight up (SU) and 10-15 against the spread (ATS).
Contrary to Minnesota, games featuring the Hoosiers have typically finished under the total (60.0 percent). Moreover, Indiana is 13-12 SU and 14-9-2 ATS.
Morgan has been impressive recently for Indiana, averaging 23.0 points and 7.6 rebounds over the last five games.
In their first matchup this year, Robert Johnson led the Hoosiers to a 75-71 victory. He was the game’s leading scorer with 28 points. The two teams combined to score 146 points, which was just under the projected point total of 150, and Indiana covered as an 8-point underdog. Indiana had a much better offensive rebounding percentage (38.6 vs. 22.2). Minnesota, on the other hand, did an excellent job of making free throws (12-16; 75.0 percent).
Minnesota Golden Gophers vs. Indiana Hoosiers Pick
Prediction: SU Winner – Indiana, ATS Winner – Minnesota, O/U – Over
Minnesota ranks eighth in blocks per game (5.9) while Indiana ranks 166th in blocks allowed per game (4.1).
The Golden Gophers rank 42nd in steals allowed per game (5.3) while the Hoosiers rank 101st (6.1).
Indiana ranks 219th in three pointers attempted per game (19.8) while Minnesota ranks 227th (19.6).
The Hoosiers average 36.5 rebounds per game, which ranks 104th in the NCAA. The Golden Gophers rank 250th in rebounds allowed per game (37.8).
Minnesota ranks 46th in assists per game (15.9) while Indiana ranks 154th (13.6).
Indiana is 10-4-1 ATS at home, while Minnesota is 5-6 ATS on the road.
Of the Golden Gophers’ 11 road games, they have 6 overs and 5 unders.
In 15 home games, the Hoosiers have 8 unders and 7 overs.
The Hoosiers are 4-1 ATS over their last five games, while the Golden Gophers are 1-4.
In their last five games, Indiana has 4 unders and 1 push, while Minnesota has 4 overs and 1 under.
During their last five games, the Hoosiers have scored an average of 63.8 points per game (7.5 below their season average) and allowed an average of 64.8 points per game (5.2 below their season average).
The Golden Gophers have been outscored by an average of 9.8 points in their last five games. On the season, Minnesota has defeated opponents by an average of 3.8 points.