Omaha Mavericks vs. Minnesota Golden Gophers Betting Prediction

Jose VasquezArticles, Basketball, College Basketball

The Minnesota Golden Gophers, 15-point favorites, welcome the Omaha Mavericks to Williams Arena to open their seasons. The game’s Over/Under (O/U) has been set at 158.5 points and action starts at 8 p.m. ET on Tuesday, November 6, 2018.

Omaha Mavericks vs. Minnesota Golden Gophers ATS Odds

Minnesota failed to reach the tournament following a 15-17 regular season last season. Omaha also was unable reach the tournament after a 9-22 regular season.

Although the Mavericks struggled winning games straight up last season (9-22), they had a phenomenal 17-11-2 record against the spread (ATS). Vegas was fairly accurate when setting the O/U total of Omaha games, with 16 overs compared to 14 unders.

Meanwhile, the Golden Gophers were 15-17 SU and 19-13 ATS last season. Similar to Omaha, Minnesota games finished over the O/U total 59.4 percent of the time.

Minnesota should be expected to protect the ball well in this contest. Last season, Minnesota ranked 24th in the country at avoiding errors (turnover percentage of 15.6 percent), while Omaha forced the 37th-fewest turnovers (16.2 percent). Moreover, the Mavericks, who ranked 330th in free throw attempt (FTA) rate (0.191), could have a tough time getting to the line against the Golden Gophers, who ranked 36th in opponents’ FTA rate (0.191).

Omaha Mavericks vs. Minnesota Golden Gophers Free Pick

Free Pick: SU Winner – Minnesota, ATS Winner – Omaha, O/U – Over

Betting Notes (2017-Present):

  • Minnesota ranks 54th in rebounds per game (38.2) while Omaha ranks 244th in rebounds allowed per game (36.6).
  • The Mavericks rank 136th in three pointers attempted per game (22.4) while the Golden Gophers rank 234th (19.7).
  • The Golden Gophers rank 20th in blocks per game (5.1) while the Mavericks rank 207th (2.7).
  • Minnesota averages 14.6 assists per game, which ranks 100th in the NCAA. Omaha ranks 254th in assists allowed per game (14.9).