Minnesota Golden Gophers at Rutgers Scarlet Knights – NCAAM February 4

9:00 p.m. ET – Minnesota at Rutgers (-5½) O/U:140½

Teams Spread Money Line Total Points
Minnesota +5½ (-110) +195 O 140½ (-105)
Rutgers -5½ (-110) -225 U 140½ (-115)

The 11-6 Golden Gophers travel to the RAC to take on 10-6 Rutgers in a Thursday night Big Ten showdown. Minnesota has lost two in a row, each by more than 14 points, most recently an 81-62 loss at Purdue.

Rutgers Scarlet Knights Logo 101x101Rutgers has won three in a row, beating Northwestern 64-56 on Sunday. The Scarlet Knights have climbed up to seventh in the Big Ten standings and have a chance to solidify their NCAA tournament bid with a home win over Minnesota. The Scarlet Knights are led by guard Ron Harper Jr. with 17.3 points and 6.2 rebounds per game.

Minnesota Golden Gophers LogoMarcus Carr leads the Gophers with 20 points per game, ranking fourth in the Big Ten.Carr was held to six points in Minnesota’s last game, making that the first game all season when he’s failed to score in double figures. These two teams are heading in different directions and despite no fans in attendance this season and Minnesota has struggled away from home.

Please Note:
Minnesota went 0-5 against the spread on the road. Minnesota has lost four of its last five and those losses have all come by 14 points or more. The Scarlet Knights know they have to win these games if they want to keep climbing up the conference standings and they are catching Minnesota at the perfect time. Rutgers is the better basketball team and should be able to find offensive success against a Minnesota defense that has given up more than 80 points in three of its past five games. Lay the 5½ points and take Rutgers at home to win comfortably in a game the Knights know they have to win.
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Rutgers -5½
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