The Utah Runnin’ Utes (2-0) take on the Minnesota Golden Gophers (1-2) at the Jon M. Huntsman Center. The game starts at 9 p.m. ET on Friday, November 15, 2019, and will air on Pac-12 Network.
Minnesota Golden Gophers at Utah Runnin’ Utes Betting Prediction
The Golden Gophers are trying to rebound after their 64-56 loss to the Butler Bulldogs in their last contest. Butler’s turnover percentage was their largest advantage over Minnesota. The Bulldogs had a rate of 11.9, while the Golden Gophers posted a mark of 23.0. Daniel Oturu was Minnesota’s high scorer with 24 points on 9-for-13 shooting.
In the Runnin’ Utes’ previous game, they had no trouble getting past the Mississippi Valley State Delta Devils, 143-49. The Runnin’ Utes had a better free throw rate (0.133 vs. 0.037) and had a much better offensive rebounding percentage (41.2 vs. 12.9). With 10 points, 11 assists and 10 rebounds, Rylan Jones led the way for Utah with his zeroth triple-double of the season.
Utah figures to have the edge on the offensive side of the ball. The Runnin’ Utes rank 21st in offensive efficiency, while the Golden Gophers rank 173rd in defensive efficiency since the 2018-19 season.
The Golden Gophers won the only game against the Runnin’ Utes last season, 78-69. Minnesota had a much better effective field goal percentage (0.580 vs. 0.458). Utah, on the other hand, had a much better offensive rebounding percentage (28.9 vs. 23.3).
Minnesota Golden Gophers at Utah Runnin’ Utes Odds Pick
Basketball Pick: SU Winner – Utah, ATS Winner – Minnesota, O/U – Under
Betting Notes (2018-Present):
Utah ranks 42nd in rebounds allowed per game (32.2) while Minnesota ranks 150th (34.6).