The No. 12 Minnesota Golden Gophers (7-0) and the No. 10 Miami Hurricanes (4-0) look to remain unbeaten when they battle at Williams Arena. The games Over/Under (O/U) has been set at 143.5 points with Minnesota opening as a 5-point favorite. Tip-off is scheduled for 9:15 p.m. ET on Wednesday, November 29, 2017, and it can be seen on ESPN2.
Miami Hurricanes vs. Minnesota Golden Gophers Betting Preview
The Hurricanes dismantled the North Florida Ospreys in their last outing, 86-65. With 14 points and seven rebounds, Miami’s Bruce Brown had a solid outing. Miami played a perfect game. They had a turnover percentage of 15.5 (worse than their season average of 14.8) and a free throw rate of 0.258 (above their season average of 0.165). For those same stats, North Florida was 23.7 and 0.186, respectively.
In the Golden Gophers last game, they defeated the No. 25 Alabama Crimson Tide, 89-84. Minnesota’s Jordan Murphy played well, putting up 19 points and 14 rebounds. The Golden Gophers had a fantastic offensive rebounding percentage of 42.5 (above their season average of 35.8) and had a better turnover percentage (13.4 vs. 15.3).
This contest figures to be low-scoring as two of the NCAA’s premier defenses battle. Dating back to the 2016-17 season, Minnesota ranks 36th in defensive efficiency (96.8) and Miami is 42nd (97.1).
The Hurricanes have had a solid 25-11 straight up (SU) record since last season, but are just 11-20-1 against the spread (ATS). Miami games have had a tendency to go under the O/U total since last season (65.6 percent).
The Golden Gophers, on the other hand, have records of 31-9 SU and 24-14 ATS since last season. Vegas has had a tendency to place the total low when Minnesota has been involved over that same time frame as 63.2 percent of their games have gone over the projected point total.
Miami Hurricanes at Minnesota Golden Gophers ATS Prediction
Predictions: SU Winner – Miami, ATS Winner – Miami, O/U – Under
Betting Notes (2016-Present):
- The Hurricanes rank 275th in three pointers attempted per game (18.3) while the Golden Gophers rank 279th (18.2).
- Miami ranks 21st in rebounds allowed per game (31.7) while Minnesota ranks 283rd (38.1).
- The Golden Gophers rank 42nd in assists per game (15.7) while the Hurricanes rank 228th (12.3).
- Minnesota ranks first in blocks per game (6.9) while Miami ranks 99th (3.8).