The Minnesota Golden Gophers ( 18-9, 13-11-1 ATS ) and the Indiana Hoosiers ( 24-3, 15-10 ATS ) are going to wage war with one another on Tuesday, February 26th from Williams Arena in Minneapolis, MN. The college basketball lines will come off the board at 7:00 p.m. ET when this one tips on ESPN and Watch ESPN.
College Basketball Lines – Minnesota Golden Gophers Not Enough To Stop Indiana Hoosiers
Written by Adam Markowitz of North Shore Sports, INC
It”s hoops time here at Bookmaker Sportsbook, and we”re here to help you beat the college basketball lines for another great clash on Tuesday night. The Minnesota Golden Gophers and the Indiana Hoosiers will duke it out on the hardwood in a battle of Big Ten foes.
The Golden Gophers have an incredibly strong computer profile, and they have wins over teams like Wisconsin, Iowa, Illinois, Michigan State, North Dakota State, South Dakota State, Stanford, Memphis, and Tennessee State. Those are all good things, but the truth of the matter is that there are just too many losses on the of late to feel good about a spot in the dance. The Gophers have dropped eight of their last 11 games, and they are just 3-7-1 ATS in those games. The Selection Committee isn”t going to look kindly upon that. A win like this would sway all of that.
The only shot that Minnesota has in this game on the college basketball gambling lines is by winning the battle on the boards. It”s tough to do against Indiana, but the Golden Gophers nearly did it the first time around when they lost in Bloomington. This is one of the best rebounding teams in the nation, averaging 38.9 boards per game against just 26.0 allowed per game, and it is also one of the best offensive rebounding teams in the land to boot.
F Rodney Williams and F Trevor Mbakwe are the men that really have to get the job done. They”re combining for 13.7 rebounds per game, and they are the third and fourth leading scorers on the team for Head Coach Tubby Smith.
F Cody Zeller and the Hoosiers are 13.3 rebounds per game at this point though, and they are really a tough team to beat because of how efficient they are. The Hoosiers rank fourth in the land, shooting 50.0 percent from the field, and they are 13th in the country in opposing field goal percentage at 38.3 percent.
Zeller and G Victor Oladipo are the men that make Indiana go. Head Coach Tom Crean knows that he has two very special players, and if these two go off for the 30.6 combined points per game that they are averaging this year, the Hoosiers are tough to beat on the college basketball wagering lines.
Free Pick – As much as we think that the Hoosiers could be due for a letdown game in this one after the big time win over the Michigan State Spartans in East Lansing, we just don”t see it happening. They were able to pull away late from the Gophers the first time these two teams met, winning by seven points. That wasn”t enough to cover, but this time, it will be. Expect a similar result this time around, as IU marches closer to the No. 1 overall seed in the NCAA Tournament.
Take the Indiana Hoosiers on Super Tuesday