The Rutgers Scarlet Knights (13-4, 4-2 Big 10) will try to extend a nine-game home winning streak when they challenge the Minnesota Golden Gophers (10-7, 4-3 Big 10) at Louis Brown Athletic Center. Tip-off is set for 1 p.m. ET on Sunday, January 19, 2020.
Minnesota Golden Gophers at Rutgers Scarlet Knights Betting Preview
In the Golden Gophers’ last contest, they defeated the Penn State Nittany Lions, 75-69. With 26 points and 14 rebounds, Minnesota’s Daniel Oturu had a solid game. The Golden Gophers knocked down 23 of their 29 free throws (79.3 percent) and had an offensive rebounding percentage of 46.2 (above their season average of 32.6).
The Scarlet Knights will look to maintain momentum after beating the Indiana Hoosiers in their last contest, 59-50. With 14 points on 5-for-7 shooting, Akwasi Yeboah was Rutgers’ high scorer. Rutgers played a nearly perfect game. They had an effective field goal percentage of 0.510 (above their season average of 0.509) and a free throw rate of 0.184 (below their season average of 0.197). For those same stats, Indiana had marks of 0.333 and 0.167, respectively.
Rutgers should have the advantage on the defensive side of the ball. The Scarlet Knights currently rank seventh in effective field goal percentage allowed (0.420), while Minnesota is 157th in effective field goal percentage (0.505). Furthermore, the Golden Gophers rank 50th in offensive rebounding percentage (33.5 percent), while the Scarlet Knights rank 60th in defensive rebounding percentage (75.1 percent).
This will be the first matchup of the year between these two teams, after splitting two games last season. The Scarlet Knights won the most recent matchup 68-64. The Scarlet Knights dominated nearly every facet of the game. They had a turnover percentage of 12.3 and a free throw rate of 0.232. For those same stats, the Golden Gophers put up marks of 17.2 and 0.185, respectively.
Minnesota Golden Gophers at Rutgers Scarlet Knights Odds Prediction
Prediction: SU Winner – Rutgers, ATS Winner – Rutgers, O/U – Over
The Golden Gophers rank 24th in assists per game (16.1) while the Scarlet Knights rank 101st (13.8).
Minnesota ranks 66th in three pointers attempted per game (24.8) while Rutgers ranks 251st (17.6).
The Scarlet Knights average 41.3 rebounds per game, which ranks 16th in the nation. The Golden Gophers rank 114th in rebounds allowed per game (34.4).
Minnesota averages 5.2 blocks per game, which ranks 22nd in the nation. Rutgers ranks 111th in blocks allowed per game (3.6).
The Scarlet Knights’ average margin of victory in their last five games has been 15.8, up from 12.6 for the season.
During their last five games, the Golden Gophers have scored an average of 72.6 points per game (1.1 below their season average) and allowed an average of 72.2 points per game (5.4 above their season average).