Minnesota Golden Gophers forward Jamison Battle (Photo by William Howard/Icon Sportswire)
The undefeated Minnesota Golden Gophers go to the Pittsburgh Panthers on Tuesday (7 p.m. ET), and with both squads among the bottom 3rd of the nation’s 358 Division-I higher education basketball systems in tempo, seems to be at the rim will be restricted.
ESPNU will televise, but it will be tough to watch. These two are a blended 8-3 to the ‘under’ this season, and these components could deliver a winner that scores a mere 60 points.
Minnesota Gophers (5-, 4-1 ATS)
3 foes have tallied 56 or fewer factors versus the Gophers, who own a prime-20 defensive area-objective share of 41.9.
Pitt, meanwhile, shoots a inadequate 47.7%. These combinations will also contribute to very low manufacturing.
Moreover, this is the Gophers’ to start with real highway video game of the period. The past two seasons, they are 2-20 on the highway in the other guys’ standard barns.
Jamison Battle (George Washington transfer) averages 17.8 ppg and 6.2 rpb. Sean Sutherlin (New Hampshire) is starting up to click, averaging 14.3 ppg in his earlier 3 soon after tallying just eight complete points his initial two games.
Senior middle Eric Curry, the program’s lone healthier returnee from last time, has scored 35 points and grabbed 34 boards in Minnesota’s 5 games.
Stage guard Payton Willis could possibly be today’s poster boy for faculty sports. He performed at Vandy for two seasons, landed at Minnesota, went to Charleston for a period, and returns to the Gophers to cap his profession. He averages 16.6 points and is the catalyst.
This is Ben Johnson’s to start with head-coaching gig. Minneapolis is his hometown, he captained the crew as a player, and he was an assistant for five seasons.
This to start with highway activity will be a exam, as will the next just one — Sunday at Mississippi State.
Pitt Panthers (2-4, 2-4 ATS)
The Panthers have scored 63, 59, 59, 63, and 52 points in five of their six online games. Four of those ended up at household.
They are normal shooters inside the arc, poor (27.9%) over and above it, and really inadequate at the no cost-toss line, at 60.4%. Only 17 groups in the country are even worse at taking pictures freebies.
At 68.1%, the Gophers resemble marksmen at the line in contrast to Pitt. Still, nearly anything under 70% is weak, so the bushel of totally free-toss clanks off the rim will echo in the course of Petersen and lead to the ‘under’.
John Hugley, a 6-foot-9, 280-pound sophomore, is the most-reliable Panther but is wildly inconsistent. He scored 27 points in the to start with sport, 21 in his past a single, but in involving he had outings of a person and 7 points.
This recreation figures to be as erratic as Hugley’s season. A staple of Pitt tilts, so considerably, is a rash of turnovers, on the two sides of the ball.
It, as well, has a tough up coming activity — Friday at Virginia. If the Gophers and Panthers have their upcoming opponents on their minds in this match, nevertheless, the victor may well not score 50.
Minnesota Gophers at Pittsburgh Panthers Select
We utilize Ken Pomeroy’s peerless metrics, made use of by many oddsmakers to set strains, to establish our spreads and totals. Dependent on this estimated overall, we’re on the ‘under’. If the true line posted by sportsbooks is lessen than 130, ‘under’ may perhaps no extended be a play.
Our Select: Less than 130 (-110)