Minnesota Golden Gophers vs Penn State Nittany Lions 3-9-22

Minnesota Golden Gophers vs Penn State Nittany Lions 3/9/2022 Picks Predictions Previews

Minnesota Golden Gophers vs  Penn State Nittany Lions 3/9/2022 Picks Predictions Previews

 

The Minnesota Golden Gophers (13-16) will battle the Penn State Nittany Lions (12-16) in the Big Ten Tournament Quarterfinal Round at Gainbridge Fieldhouse in Indianapolis on Wednesday at 8:30 PM ET. Minnesota has an overall standing at 13-16 and hit a 1-4 run in their last five contests played in the regular season.

 

The Golden Gophers beat Northwestern on February 19 but lost to 12th ranked Wisconsin, Indiana, Maryland, and the Northwestern Wildcats (rematch) in succession. Minnesota is in 13th place at 4-16 in the Big Ten Conference with a 13-16 overall standing and a 3-9 road record ending the regular season.

 

The Golden Gophers struggled in dealing with the Wildcats’ defense after scoring just 26 points at the break but made a 36-29 rally in the second half and still lost the game though at 75-62 on March 6. Forward Jamison Battle led the way for Minnesota with 20 points, 6 rebounds, and 2 assists.

 

In the regular season, Forward Jamison Battle carried the offense for the Golden Gophers with an average scoring of 17.4 PPG in shooting 45.1% from the field and 75.3% from the free-throw line.

 

Battle also pulled down an average of 6.3 rebounds per match for Minnesota while Guard Peyton Willis led in assists with 4.4 per contest and in steals with an average of 1.5 SPG. The Golden Gophers gained an average of 67.6 PPG on 44.0% FG.

 

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Minnesota Golden Gophers vs  Penn State Nittany Lions Predictions 3/9/2022

 

The Penn State Nittany Lions come into this B-10 tournament round 1 after finishing the regular season with a 12-16 record and lost four of their last five outings on the year.

 

The Nittany Lions lost to Maryland and Nebraska including two road losses versus Illinois and the Rutgers Scarlet Knights with only victory over Northwestern on February 25. Penn State dropped to 12th place at 7-13 in the Big Ten Conference with an overall standing at 12-16 and a home record at 10-5 in the regular season.

 

In losing to Rutgers, the Lions trailed 21-29 halftime lead and made a 37-30 rally after the break but came short with a one-point loss at 58-59 on March 6. Guard Ron Harper led Penn State with 15 points, 4 rebounds, and 2 assists in the losing effort.

 

The Nittany Lions’ Guard Jalen Pickett recorded an average scoring of 12.8 PPG on 40.2% field-goal and 74.5% from the foul line and also dispensed an average of 4.3 assists per contest in leading Penn State on the season.

 

Forward John Harrar controlled the glass for the Lions with an average of 10.2 rebounds per match. Penn State averages 64.7 PPG in shooting for 43.2% from the floor, 34.3% from beyond the arc, and 73.2% from the charity stripe.         

 

Minnesota Golden Gophers vs. Penn State Nittany Lions. The NCAAB Pick for this outing is Penn State -2.5. The Nittany Lions will control round 1 of this conference tournament with a much more solid defense that can hold their opponents to just 65.3 PPG and average 5.2 SPG.

 

Penn State also has the advantage in rebounding that averages 35.7 RPG versus 30.8 of Minnesota. Look for the Lions to advance in the semi-final round on Wednesday. Prediction: The Penn State Nittany Lions will win at 64-62.  

 

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Minnesota Golden Gophers vs  Penn State Nittany Lions 3/9/2022 Picks Predictions Previews

NCAAB Starting Time: 8:30 PM ET

 

Location: Gainbridge Fieldhouse in Indianapolis, Indiana

 

Date: Wednesday, March 9, 20220

 

TV: BTN

 

NCAAB Odds/Point Spread: Penn State Nittany Lions -2.5          

 

NCAAB Totals: 126

 

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