Minnesota Golden Gophers at Indiana Hoosiers – NCAAM February 17

9 p.m. ET — Minnesota at Indiana (-6.5) O/U:138

Teams Spread Money Line Total Points
Minnesota +6½ (-110) +215 O 138 (-110)
Indiana -6½ (-110) -265 U 138 (-110)

The 13-8 Golden Gophers travel to Bloomington, Indiana on Wednesday night to take on the 11-9 Hoosiers. Minnesota lost 72-59 on Sunday at Maryland. Meanwhile, Indiana got blown out at Ohio State 78-59. The Golden Gophers have not won a game away from home the entire season, with an abysmal 0-7 record on the road. Minnesota has only been able to cover the spread in one of those seven games.

Minnesota Golden Gophers LogoMarcus Carr leads the Golden Gophers with 19.4 points per game, ranking fourth in the Big Ten. For only the second time this season, Carr was held under 10 points in Sunday’s game against Maryland. Trayce Jackson-Davis is right above him in third place in the conference, averaging 19.6 points per game. Davis also ranks second in the conference in rebounds per game, recording 9.4 a game. Davis has registered a double-double in four of the Hoosiers’ last five games.

Indiana Hoosiers LogoMinnesota’s road struggles are not something you simply cannot look past at this point of the season. On the other hand, Assembly Hall has not been kind to Indiana this season, with the Hoosiers at 4-6 inside their own arena this season. It is a little understandable in that Indiana has played a majority of the top teams in the conference at home, making its performance at home this season look worse on paper than it has actually been. Then again, the Hoosiers fancy themselves as one of the top teams in the Big Ten and need to be held accountable for their home failures as well. No doubt their coach, the fiery Archie Miller, has reminded them of needing to defend their homecourt better.

Please Note:
Minnesota has no one to match up with Jackson-Davis, meaning he should have a monster game for the Hoosiers. Indiana is aware they are firmly on the NCAA Tournament bubble with little or no room left for error. Certainly they have no room for a home loss to Minnesota,  Lay the points and back the Hoosiers to cruise to an easy home win.
The Bets
Indiana -6½

*Odds courtesy of MyBookie

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