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Penn State Nittany Lions vs Golden Gophers College Hoops Game Preview

Penn State Nittany LionsMinnesota Golden Gophers
15-15March 09, 2014, 05:15 | Williams Arena18-12

Penn State pays a visit to Minnesota on Sunday, hoping to send the Golden Gophers to a loss while covering the college basketball spread at Williams Arena.

The Nittany Lions will look to vanquish their hosts on Sunday, as they are 15-12 ATS versus the spread this season, while the Golden Gophers are 11-14-2 ATS. Penn State is 15-12 against the total, while Minnesota is 10-16 versus the number.

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

College basketball odds makers at BetOnline opened the Minnesota Golden Gophers as -8.5-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. 237 and the Nittany Lions at No. 216 heading into this contest.

Penn State was a 59-32 winner in their most recent outing on the road against Northwestern. They covered the 1.5-point spread as favorites. The Nittany Lions blew out Northwestern on Thursday, running up a 20+ point victory in a 59-32 win at Welsh-Ryan Arena.

Last time out for Minnesota, they were a 66-56 loser as they battled Michigan on the road. They failed to cover in the match as a 9-point underdog. Minnesota got 16 points from Austin Hollins but lost anyway, 66-56, to Michigan on Saturday at Crisler Center.

How They Match Up:
Rebounding is always a key handicapping consideration and Nittany Lions is ranked No. 134 in NCAA hoops at 35.03 per game. Contrast that with Minnesota’s No. 140 mark in the paint. When it comes to three-point shooting, Minnesota is the No. 76-ranked team in the country at 7 per game, while Penn State rates No. 116 at 6.3 per game.

A few Nittany Lions at Golden Gophers trends to consider:
Penn State is 4-2 ATS in its last 6 games
The total has gone UNDER in 5 of Penn State's last 7 games
Penn State is 9-4 ATS in its last 13 games on the road
Penn State is 7-17 SU in its last 24 games on the road
Minnesota is 3-7 SU in its last 10 games
The total has gone UNDER in 4 of Minnesota's last 5 games
Minnesota is 4-2 ATS in its last 6 games at home
Minnesota is 17-4 SU in its last 21 games at home