The Minnesota Golden Gophers (7-20, 1-16 Big Ten) welcome in the Rutgers Scarlet Knights (18-11, 10-8 Big Ten) after losing seven home games in a row. It starts at 7:00 PM ET on Thursday, March 2, 2023.
Thursday’s matchup between the Scarlet Knights and the Golden Gophers features the Scarlet Knights as healthy 8.5-point favorites. The over/under is 128.5 points for the game.
Rutgers vs. Minnesota Odds
Point Spread for Rutgers vs. Minnesota
The spread for this matchup is set at 8.5 points, with oddsmakers listing Rutgers as the favorite.
Rutgers vs. Minnesota Moneyline
As for the moneyline, Rutgers has -408 odds to pick up the win, while Minnesota is listed at +325 to claim victory.
Finally, the over/under for the game is set at 128.5 points.
Game Time and How to Watch
- Game Day: Thursday, March 2, 2023
- Game Time: 7:00 PM ET
- TV Channel: Fox Sports 1
- Location: Minneapolis, Minnesota
- Arena: Williams Arena
Rutgers vs. Minnesota Betting Trends
Rutgers has 18 wins against the spread in 29 games this year. The Scarlet Knights have been favorites in 19 games this season and have come away with the win 14 times (73.7%) in those contests. Rutgers’ games this year have hit the over on 11 of 27 set point totals.
Minnesota is 10-15-2 against the spread this season. The Golden Gophers have gone 2-20 in games they were the underdog on the moneyline (winning 9.1% of those games). Minnesota has gone over the point total 40.7% of the time this year (11 of 27 games with a set point total).
Rutgers vs. Minnesota Key Players to Watch
Clifford Omoruyi paces his team in both points (13.2) and rebounds (9.9) per game, and also averages 0.9 assists. Defensively, he posts 0.5 steals and 2 blocked shots. Cam Spencer posts 12.6 points, 3.7 rebounds and 3.1 assists per contest. Defensively, he puts up 2.2 steals and 0.1 blocked shots. Caleb McConnell is posting 9.7 points, 3 assists and 5.3 rebounds per game.
Paul Mulcahy paces his squad in assists per game (5), and also puts up 8.3 points and 3.4 rebounds. Defensively, he posts 1.6 steals and 0.3 blocked shots.
Ta’Lon Cooper is averaging a team-best 5.9 assists per game. And he is contributing 9.9 points and 4.2 rebounds, making 40.2% of his shots from the floor and 37.5% from beyond the arc, with 1.2 triples per contest. Dawson Garcia tops the Golden Gophers in scoring (15.3 points per game) and rebounding (6.9), and produces 1.8 assists. He also posts 0.6 steals and 0.6 blocked shots. Jamison Battle is posting 12.9 points, 3.7 rebounds and 1.8 assists per contest, making 37.8% of his shots from the field and 31.2% from beyond the arc, with 2.1 treys per contest. The Golden Gophers get 7.8 points, 5 rebounds and 1.3 assists per game from Pharrel Payne.
What you need to know about the Rutgers Scarlet Knights
Rutgers has put together an 11-7-0 ATS record in conference play so far this year. The Scarlet Knights are posting 68.5 points per game this year (267th-ranked in college basketball), but they’ve really provided a lift defensively, giving up only 59.7 points per contest (sixth-best). Rutgers is 43rd in the nation with 34.4 boards per game this season. Meanwhile, it ranks 189th with 31.2 rebounds allowed per game.
The Scarlet Knights are posting 71.5 points per game this season at home, which is 8.2 more points than they’re averaging in away games (63.3). With 5.8 three-pointers per game, Rutgers ranks 326th in college basketball. It owns a 32.4% shooting percentage from downtown, which ranks 278th in college basketball. The Scarlet Knights rank 16th-best in college basketball by giving up a three-point shooting percentage of 29.8% to opposing teams. They rank 153rd in college basketball by ceding 7 three-pointers per contest.
The Scarlet Knights are 5-5 against the spread and 5-5 overall over their past 10 contests. In its past 10 contests, Rutgers has hit the over three times. Rutgers has been putting up 65.2 points per contest in its last 10 times on the court, an average that’s slightly lower than the 68.5 it has scored over the course of the 2022-23 season. Rutgers has been less stingy on defense lately, giving up 63.6 points per game over its past 10 contests compared to the 59.7 points per game its opponents are averaging on the 2022-23 season.
What you need to know about the Minnesota Golden Gophers
A total of 10 Minnesota conference games this season have hit the over. In 2022-23, the Golden Gophers are sixth-worst in the nation offensively (62 points scored per game) and 204th on defense (70.8 points conceded). In 2022-23, Minnesota is 254th in college basketball in rebounds (30.6 per game) and 320th in rebounds conceded (33.6).
At home, the Golden Gophers average 61.1 points per game. Away, they average 63.5. In 2022-23, Minnesota is 319th in the country in 3-point makes (5.9 per game) and 327th in 3-point percentage (31.3%). Giving up 6.9 3-pointers per game and conceding 36% from beyond the arc, the Golden Gophers are 140th and 310th in college basketball, respectively, in those categories.
The Golden Gophers are 3-5-2 against the spread and 0-10 overall in their past 10 contests. Six of Minnesota’s past 10 outings have gone over the total. In its past 10 games, Minnesota is tallying 60.6 points per contest, compared to its season average of 62. While the Golden Gophers are giving up 70.8 points per game in 2022-23, they have been worse over their last 10 games, allowing 76.1 points per contest.
Rutgers vs. Minnesota Prediction & Pick
Our pick to win this contest is Rutgers, and we project that Rutgers will cover the spread (Rutgers -8.5). Finally, we see the scoring in this one going over the posted total of 128.5 points.
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