Making on a bet on this NCAA game featuring the Scarlet Knights versus the Golden Gophers? Tip off is at at 6:30 ET, and you can watch it all unfold on BTN. The game will be played at Williams Arena in Minneapolis, MN. The over/under for this game is set at 133 points, and Minnesota is favored by -4 vs. Rutgers in a Big Ten conference matchup.

RUTGERS SCARLET KNIGHTS VS MINNESOTA GOLDEN GOPHERS BETTING PICK

The Pick: Minnesota Golden Gophers -4

This game will be played at Williams Arena at 6:30 ET on Sunday, February 18th.

WHY BET THE MINNESOTA GOLDEN GOPHERS:

  • We have this one finishing with a projected score of 76-68 in favor of the Golden Gophers.
  • Not only will Minnesota pick up the win, but look for them to cover at -4.
  • The over/under is currently sitting at 133 points, and we like the over with a projected 144 points.

Do the Scarlet Knights Have a Shot at a Road Win?

After winning their last game against Northwestern 63-60, Rutgers is now 14-10 on the season and 6-7 in Big Ten play. They have won four straight games and have gone 8-3 in non-conference games compared to 6-7 in Big Ten games. On the road, they are 3-5 this season and have gone 4-6 in their last 10 road games.

As an underdog this season, Rutgers is 4-7, and they are currently getting 4 points against Minnesota. So far, they have been the underdog in 11 of their 24 games. With a record of 11-5, the Scarlet Knights have been much better at home compared to their 3-5 record on the road.

As the underdog, Rutgers has gone 6-5 vs. the spread this season and they are 12-12 overall. On the road, they have an ATS mark of 4-4 and their last three road games vs. the spread have resulted in a 2-1 record.

Today’s over/under line of 133 is lower than the average over/under line in Rutgers’ games this season (137.2). So far, 14 of their games have finished with fewer than 133 points. Over their last three games, the over/under record is 1-2 and the average scoring total is 121 points.

In their previous game, the Scarlet Knights’ offense finished with 63 points, which is right in line with their current average of 66.8 points per contest. The team’s scoring leader is Aundre Hyatt, who holds an average of 11.3 as they head into today’s matchup. Additionally, Clifford Omoruyi is averaging 10.9 points per game this season.

The Scarlet Knights’ defense is presently ranked 27th nationally, allowing an average of 64.8 points per contest. Against Northwestern in their most recent game, the Rutgers defense gave up a total of 60 points while allowing Northwestern to hit 39% of their shots.

Will the Golden Gophers Come Through as Home Favorites?

Minnesota will look to bounce back after a loss to Purdue in their last game. The Golden Gophers enter this game with a 15-9 record, including a 13-3 mark at home. They are also 10-1 when favored this season.

On the other hand, Rutgers is 6-7 in Big Ten play and 2-6 on the road. They have lost two straight games, while Minnesota has won two in a row at home. For the season, the Golden Gophers have an average scoring margin of +13.5 points per game at home.

Minnesota has been one of the best teams in the country against the spread this season, going 19-4-1. At home, they are 13-2-1 vs. the spread. Over their last 10 games as the favorite, the Golden Gophers are 8-1-1 vs. the spread.

Minnesota’s over/under record for the season sits at 13-11 and today’s line of 133 is lower than the average over/under line in their games (143.9). Over their last three games, the average scoring total is 149 points and during their last five contests, the average is also 149 points. So far this season, 20 of their games have finished with more points than today’s OU line of 133.

In their recent matchup, the Minnesota offense ended with 76 points against Purdue. They finished with an overall field goal percentage of 44.1% and made 12 threes. The team’s scoring leader is Dawson Garcia, who holds an average of 17.6 as they head into today’s matchup. Additionally, Cam Christie is averaging 11.3 points per game this season.

So far, the Golden Gophers’ defense is ranked 104th in the country at 69.2 points per contest. Minnesota’s three-point defense is currently 47th in the country at 5.9 made threes per game. In terms of overall field goal percentage, opponets have hit 42.9% of their shots vs. Minnesota.