The Rutgers Scarlet Knights will host the Minnesota Golden Gophers in Big Ten action Sunday afternoon from the Rutgers Athletic Center. The Golden Gophers registered a 75-69 home win over Penn State in their latest bout, and the Scarlet Knights earned a 59-50 home win over Indiana on Wednesday. Each team posted a home win in last year’s season series.
Minnesota Defeats Penn State, Eyes Third Straight Win
The Minnesota Golden Gophers are targeting their third straight win in this one. They have rebounded from a loss to #8 Michigan State with victories against #19 Michigan, followed by a 75-67 home win over Penn State on Wednesday in a tilt that had Minny favored by two points. The Golden Gophers' defense has been sharp.
Watch for Daniel Oturu in this one. The sophomore center is red-hot, sinking at least 22 points in three consecutive games. Oturu has collected 11 double-doubles on the year and is averaging 20.3 PPG and 12.1 RPG. Marcus Carr is also in a groove, accumulating a combined 48 points in his last two games. The sophomore guard scored 27 points in Wednesday’s victory and has increased his season average to 16.5 points on 38% shooting. Gabe Kalscheur is slumping, shooting below 40% in four straight clashes. The sophomore guard is averaging 11.9 PPG on a 38% clip from the field.
The Golden Gophers are ranked 31st in the country in Ken Pomeroy’s college basketball ratings, and they could move into the AP Top 25 if they continue their success. Minnesota is 0-5 on the road and they are averaging 73.7 points, ranking them 125th in DI. They are allowing an average of only 66.8 points, positioning them 122nd overall.
Improved Rutgers Earns Fourth Big Ten Victory
The Rutgers Scarlet Knights are one of the most improved teams in the entire Big Ten. They feature a 4-2 record in Big Ten play and are red-hot, winning seven out of their last eight games overall. Rutgers’ stifling defense was on display in their 59-50 home win over Indiana on Wednesday to cover the four-point spread.
Ron Harper Jr. has only netted a total of 15 points in his last two games. Overall the sophomore guard is having a solid season and is sporting an average of 11.4 points and six rebounds per game. Geo Baker is 0 for 11 from beyond the arc over his last three games. The junior guard has collected 10 or fewer points in each of his last four games and holds an average of 11.1 PPG on 39% shooting. Akwasi Yeboah has tallied a combined 18 boards in his last three games. The senior forward is averaging 9.4 PPG and 4.6 RPG.
The Scarlet Knights are ranked 28th in the country in Ken Pomeroy’s college basketball ratings and feature a 12-0 record on their home floor. Rutgers is scoring an average of 71.4 points, ranking them 184th in DI. They are limiting opponents to 58.8 points, good for 8th in the country.
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The top supporting trends found on donbest.com are: The Rutgers Scarlet Knights are:
- 7-0-1 ATS in their last 8 home games.
- 5-0 ATS in their last 5 games following a straight-up win.
- 20-8-2 ATS in their last 30 games overall.