NCAA hoops odds preview - Michigan State vs. Minnesota
Michigan State Spartans vs Minnesota Golden Gophers Odds
Having played to four straight UNDER results, the Michigan State Spartans and the Minnesota Golden Gophers will renew their Big Ten rivalry on Monday afternoon at the Williams Arena.
Michigan State is 4-0 SU and 3-1 ATS over its past four games against Minnesota, with each of those contests turning into UNDER results on the college basketball odds. The Gophers covered against the Spartans in their most recent meeting last February.
The Golden Gophers currently sports a 12-1 record overall in NCAAB action, and have posted a corresponding betting slate of 7-4 ATS. The Spartans are 11-2 and 3-7 ATS. Betting totals have seen the Golden Gophers produce a 4-4 OVER/UNDER record on the season, while the Spartans have gone 3-6 against the number.
Bettors looking to side with Minnesota in this one found them as 7-point favorites earlier in the day. Watch for line moves and updates at Bovada before gametime.
Power Rankings / Prediction:
This game puts the Golden Gophers, most recently No. 7 in the Odds Shark power rankings, up against the Spartans, who rate No. 31 in the latest survey. Meanwhile, math and computer-based handicapping simulations run on this game predict a potential 82-80 victory for the Golden Gophers.
How They Match Up:
Rating these schools in several key categories is important for handicappers and Minnesota has the nation's No. 54-rated offensive output, at 75.9 PPG. The visiting Spartans defense ranks No. 16 allowing on average 56.1 PPG. The Golden Gophers FG% has averaged 46.1% so far, less than the Spartans marksmen have achieved on the year, 47.8% per game.
Defensively, Michigan State features the nation's No. 45-rated defense on the road, allowing 62.5 points per game. Minnesota, meanwhile, comes in at No. 101 nationally in scoring at home.
Michigan State won its last outing, a 67-56 result against Texas on December 22. They failed to cover in that game as a 11.5-point favorite. Derrick Nix scored 25 points and added 11 rebounds for a double-double, leading Michigan State over Texas, 67-56, on Saturday at Breslin Center.
Last time out for Minnesota, they were a 75-50 winner as they battled Lafayette at home. They failed to cover in the match as a 30-point favorite. Minnesota cruised to victory on Saturday, running Lafayette out of the gym and running up a 75-50 score at Williams Arena.
Michigan State Spartans Trends:
When playing on Monday are 7-2
Before playing Purdue are 6-4
After playing Texas are 5-1
After a win are 9-1
Minnesota Golden Gophers Trends:
When playing on Monday are 3-7
Before playing Northwestern are 3-7
After a win are 9-1
A few Spartans at Golden Gophers trends to consider:
Michigan State is 5-0 SU in its last 5 games when playing on the road against Minnesota
The total has gone UNDER in 5 of Michigan State's last 6 games on the road
The total has gone UNDER in 4 of Michigan State's last 6 games when playing on the road against Minnesota
Michigan State is 1-5 ATS in its last 6 games on the road
Minnesota is 5-0 SU in its last 5 games
Minnesota is 5-0 SU in its last 5 games at home
The total has gone UNDER in 8 of Minnesota's last 9 games when playing Michigan State
The total has gone UNDER in 4 of Minnesota's last 6 games when playing at home against Michigan State
Michigan State home to Purdue, Saturday, January 5
Minnesota home to Northwestern, Sunday, January 6