Indiana Hoosiers vs. Minnesota Golden Gophers
The Minnesota Golden Gophers and the Indiana Hoosiers face off on Tuesday in a Big Ten college basketball match up. The Hoosiers are -4.5 point favorites over the Golden Gophers with an over/under point total set at 139.
The Minnesota Golden Gophers are struggling down the stretch losing four of their last five games. Minnesota has played the toughest schedule in the nation and has a RPI of 15 going 13-2 at home and 6-8 in the Big 10. As a team Minnesota is averaging 69.1 points, 14.8 assists, and they are shooting 44.5 percent while defensively they are allowing 61.6 points, 11.9 assists, and their opponents are shooting 39.8 percent. Andre Hollins is averaging 13.6 points, Austin Hollins is averaging 11.1 points, and Rodney Williams is averaging 10.9 points and 5.2 rebounds. Minnesota has all of the numbers to make it to the NCAA Tournament but they need a strong finish in order to avoid making it a tough decision for the selection committee.
The Indiana Hoosiers are the number one ranked team in the nation and while they still have plenty of work to do they are looking at a number one seed in the NCAA Tournament. Indiana is 12-2 in the Big Ten, 6-1 on the road, and they have won nine of their last 10 games. As a team Indiana is averaging 82.5 points, 15.2 assists, and they are shooting 50 percent while defensively they are allowing 61.3 points, 9.9 assists, and their opponents are shooting 38.3 percent. Cody Zeller is averaging 16.6 points and 8.1 rebounds, Victor Oladipo is averaging 14 points and 6.0 assists, and Christian Watford is averaging 13.1 points and 6.6 rebounds. Indiana is playing their best basketball of the season right now.
Minnesota is 1-3-1 against the spread in their last five home games, 0-5-1 against the spread in their last six games overall, and 2-7 against the spread in their last nine home games against a team with a winning road record. Indiana is 4-0 against the spread in their last four games, 4-1 against the spread against a team with winning record, and 5-1 against the spread following a win. The underdog has covered the point spread in 16 of the last 21 meetings of these two.
The total is set at 139 but in the Big Ten the under seems to be the play almost every night.