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Minnesota Golden GophersMiddle Tennessee Blue Raiders
March 21, 7:00 PM | Murphy Center

Minnesota Golden Gophers vs Middle Tennessee Blue Raiders Odds

21-14TEAM RECORD27-6

The Minnesota Golden Gophers will look to pick up a win while covering the spread when they take on the Blue Raiders in Middle Tennessee Wednesday in NIT quarterfinal action.

Supporters of the Golden Gophers have watched them go 21-14 and 18-14 ATS on the year, while the Blue Raiders are at 27-6 and 20-11 ATS. In totals betting, the Blue Raiders are 17-12-2, while the Golden Gophers have a 16-16 mark.

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Power Rankings / Prediction:
The Odds Shark Power Rankings have the Blue Raiders at No. 36 and the Golden Gophers at No. 110 heading into this contest. Handicapping models at Odds Shark project a 77-70 result in favor of the Blue Raiders.

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How They Match Up:
Rebounding is always a key handicapping consideration and Golden Gophers is ranked No. 144 in NCAA hoops at 34.9 per game. Contrast that with Middle Tennessee’s No. 124 mark in the paint. When it comes to three-point shooting, Middle Tennessee is the No. 301-ranked team in the country at 4.8 per game, while Minnesota rates No. 236 at 5.5 per game.

Defensively, Minnesota features the nation's No. 94-rated defense on the road, allowing 66.9 points per game. Middle Tennessee, meanwhile, comes in at No. 111 nationally in scoring at home.

Last time out for Minnesota, they were a 78-60 winner as they battled Miami on the road. They covered in the match as a 6-point underdog. Rodney Williams scored 21 points leading the Golden Gophers to a 78-60 victory over Miami at BankUnited Center on Monday.

Middle Tennessee was a 71-64 winner in its last match on the road against Tennessee. They covered the 4-point spread as underdogs. Tennessee was victimized for 20 points and 10 rebounds by Bruce Massey as the Blue Raiders bested the Volunteers 71-64 in college basketball action on Monday.

 

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