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Penn State Nittany Lions vs Minnesota Golden Gophers Betting Matchup Report

Minnesota Golden GophersPenn State Nittany Lions
12-3January 08, 2014, 07:00 | Bryce Jordan Center9-6

The visiting Minnesota Golden Gophers hope to send their backers to the pay window on Wednesday as they look to cover the spread at Bryce Jordan Center against the Penn State Nittany Lions.

The Golden Gophers will look to vanquish their hosts on Wednesday, as they are 4-7-1 ATS versus the spread this season, while the Nittany Lions are 8-4 ATS. Minnesota is 4-7 against the total, while Penn State is 8-4 versus the number.

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

Bettors looking to side with Penn State in this one found them as 1.5-point underdogs earlier in the day. Watch for line moves and updates at Bovada before gametime.

This game puts the Nittany Lions, most recently No. 148 in the Odds Shark power rankings, up against the Golden Gophers, who rate No. 22 in the latest survey.

Minnesota was an 82-79 winner in their most recent outing at home against Purdue. They failed to cover the 7.5-point spread as favorites. Minnesota got 18 points from Austin Hollins en route to an 82-79 victory over Purdue on Sunday at Williams Arena.

Penn State was a 75-55 loser in their most recent outing on the road against Illinois. They failed to cover the 9-point spread as underdogs. The Nittany Lions were hammered by Illinois on Saturday, losing by a 75-55 final at State Farm Center in college basketball betting action.

How They Match Up:
Scoring and defensive stats point to some edges in this matchup. The game features Penn State's No. 52-ranked scoring average of 78.27 PPG, against a Golden Gophers defense rated No. 61 and allowing 65.87 PPG. The Nittany Lions FG% has averaged 45.97% to date this season, more than the Golden Gophers shooters have managed so far (43.6% per game).

A few Golden Gophers at Nittany Lions trends to consider:
Minnesota is 0-4-1 ATS in its last 5 games
Minnesota is 7-1 SU in its last 8 games
Minnesota is 2-9 ATS in its last 11 games on the road
Minnesota is 3-11 SU in its last 14 games on the road
Penn State is 1-4 ATS in its last 5 games
The total has gone OVER in 6 of Penn State's last 9 games
Penn State is 5-2 SU in its last 7 games at home
Penn State is 4-18 SU in its last 22 games when playing Minnesota

Next up:
Minnesota at Michigan State, Saturday, January 11th
Penn State at Indiana, Saturday, January 11th