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Big Ten Tournament - Penn State Nittany Lions take on Golden Gophers in NCAA basketball test

Penn State Nittany LionsMinnesota Golden Gophers
15-16March 13, 2014, 06:30 | Bankers Life Fieldhouse19-12


Minnesota looks to cover the Golden Gophers-Nittany Lions pointspread on Thursday and improve its overall 19-12 mark when they host Penn State in Big Ten conference betting action.

Minnesota was favored by 4.5 points midday at TopBet.

The Nittany Lions will try to spoil to the party on Thursday; they are 15-13 ATS against the number this season, while the Golden Gophers are 12-14-2 ATS. Penn State is 16-12 on the totals; Minnesota is 11-16.

View Penn State Nittany Lions vs Minnesota Golden Gophers Odds and Stats.

College basketball odds makers at BetOnline opened the Minnesota Golden Gophers as -4-point favorites in this matchup. Check for the latest spread and over-under at the sportsbook.

The Odds Shark Power Rankings have the Golden Gophers at No. 218 and the Nittany Lions at No. 209 heading into this contest.

In their last action, Penn State was an 81-63 loser on the road against Minnesota. They failed to cover the 7-point spread as underdogs. The Nittany Lions got 24 points from D.J. Newbill, but it was Minnesota that prevailed in an 81-63 final on Sunday at Williams Arena.

How They Match Up:
The game also pits Minnesota's No. 121-ranked offense, averaging 71.97 PPG, against a Nittany Lions defense that ranks No. 164 at 71.16 PPG. The Golden Gophers field goal percentage has averaged 44.97% so far, more than the Nittany Lions marksmen have achieved on the year, 43.65% per game.

A few Nittany Lions at Golden Gophers trends to consider:
Penn State is 2-4 SU in its last 6 games
Penn State is 1-4 ATS in its last 5 games when playing Minnesota
Penn State is 3-15 SU in its last 18 games when playing Minnesota
The total has gone OVER in 10 of Penn State's last 13 games when playing Minnesota
The total has gone UNDER in 4 of Minnesota's last 6 games
Minnesota is 4-1 ATS in its last 5 games when playing Penn State
Minnesota is 15-3 SU in its last 18 games when playing Penn State
The total has gone OVER in 10 of Minnesota's last 13 games when playing Penn State