College hoops wagering preview
The Minnesota Golden Gophers will put their six-game winning streak and lucrative ATS record on the line on Tuesday night as they play host to North Dakota State at the Williams Arena.
The Golden Gophers have lost to only Duke so far this season as they go up against the Summit League's Bison at home on Tuesday night. North Dakota State has played one other ranked team this year - they lost 87-61 on the road against Indiana in November.
The Bison will try to spoil to the party on Tuesday; they are 6-2 ATS against the number this season, while the Golden Gophers are 7-2 ATS. North Dakota State is 2-2 on the totals; Minnesota is 4-2.
On the opening NCAA basketball line for this matchup, Minnesota sat as 14-point favorites over at 5Dimes. Also, check out the current total, which often goes up first at online sportsbook BetOnline.
Power Rankings / Prediction:
The Golden Gophers sit at No. 12 in the current college hoops power poll here at Odds Shark, while the Bison sit at No. 54 on the same chart. The computers running our scores simulations have concluded that the Golden Gophers will win this game 83-82.
How They Match Up:
Offensively, the game matches up Minnesota's No. 49 nationally ranked offense (76.5 points per game) against a Bison defense that sits as the No. 28 at 57.5 PPG. The Golden Gophers have been averaging 47.4% from the field, more than the Bison have managed so far this season (46.3% on average).
Defensively, North Dakota State features the nation's No. 46-rated defense on the road, allowing 61 points per game. Minnesota, meanwhile, comes in at No. 105 nationally in scoring at home.
Last time out for North Dakota State, they were a 72-52 winner as they battled North Dakota at home. They covered in the match as a 16.5-point favorite. The battle between the Bison and Sioux didn’t turn out to be much of a battle at all as North Dakota was handed a 72-52 defeat on Sunday at Bison Sports Arena.
Minnesota was a 71-57 winner in their most recent outing on the road against USC. They covered the 7.5-point spread as favorites. Andre Hollins scored 14 points leading the Golden Gophers to a 71-57 victory over USC at Galen Center on Saturday.
Minnesota Golden Gophers Trends:
When playing on Tuesday are 9-1
After playing USC are 1-0
After a win are 8-2
A few Bison at Golden Gophers trends to consider:
Minnesota is 5-0 SU in its last 5 games
Minnesota is 5-0 SU in its last 5 games when playing North Dakota State
Minnesota is 5-0 SU in its last 5 games when playing at home against North Dakota State
Minnesota is 8-1 SU in its last 9 games at home
North Dakota State at Towson, Saturday, December 15
Minnesota home to Lafayette, Saturday, December 22