CBB Betting – Minnesota and DePaul to Collide in the Old Spice Classic
Written by North Shore Sports, INC
The Minnesota Golden Gophers and DePaul Blue Demons are set to collide in CBB betting action at Bookmaker Sportsbook when the two teams meet up in the first round of the Old Spice Classic Thanksgiving Day.
The Minnesota Golden Gophers (4-0, 1-0 ATS) will look to continue their hot start to the 2011-12 CBB betting season on Thursday, November 24th, 2011 when they run up against the DePaul Blue Demons (2-0, 0-0 ATS) in the first round of the Old Spice Classic; the game’s opening tip is set to go live on ESPN2 & ESPN3.com from the ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex at 2:30 ET.
Though the Golden Gophers have only played in one lined game to start the season, they enter this spot a perfect 4-0 SU and look to be one of the up and comers in the Big 10 after struggling a short season ago. Expectations are high for Head Coach Tubby Smith’s squad who finally has a healthy roster to utilize moving forward. In toppling Bucknell, South Dakota State, Fairfield, and Mount St. Mary’s, the Gophers cruised to easy victories on the back of their defense that enters this spot allowing an average of just 56.5 PPG (#39) while pulling down 5+ more rebounds per game than the opposition.
Big man Trevor Mbakwe has opened the season in beast mode scoring a team high 16 PPG while averaging 9.8 rebounds per game. His 20 points and 10 boards helped lead Minnesota to their lone CBB betting lines cover of the season against Fairfield. Guard Austin Hollins currently checks in as the team’s only other double-digit scorer (10.0 PPG), but F Ralph Sampson III is shooting 60 percent from the field and his 10 assists are tied for the team lead. Though the team has only averaged 73.2 PPG (#126), it’s shooting 48.3 percent from the field (#71). That paired with their stellar defensive play could find the Golden Gophers challenging for top honors in the Big 10 this season.
Head Coach Oliver Purnell has some work ahead of him in molding the Blue Demons program into what has seen him succeed as a head coach in numerous other stops. DePaul won just seven games out of the 31 it participated in last season, and they brought up the rear of the Big East tallying just one win in 18 overall tries. As bad as they were though, the Blue Demons managed to go 14-15-1 ATS, so the pieces were there to at the very least compete against the closing CBB betting lines.
So far, DePaul’s offense has looked good in its pair of non-lined games against Texas-Pan American and Mississippi Valley State. Five players enter this match-up averaging double-digits in scoring with Guard Jeremiah Kelly’s 17.5 PPG leading the way. The team’s 85.5 PPG average currently ranks 19th in the country, and their 51.6 shooting percentage checks in ranked 11th. Still, you have to take the opposition faced into account before blindly backing the Blue Demons plus the points in this spot.
Though it’s extremely early in the season and neither of these teams has taken on what most would consider stiff competition, the Golden Gophers hold an extreme advantage on the glass and at the defensive end of the court. That in and of itself could lead them to the CBB betting odds cover if the Blue Demons cool off from the field now shooting against their toughest opponent played to date.
Succeeding at CBB betting is often difficult, especially if you don’t have the right sportsbook on your side to give you the best prices. Take advantage of the great NCAA basketball lines at Bookmaker Sportsbook and knock down a three pointer in the clash between the Minnesota Golden Gophers and DePaul Blue Demons today!
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