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Spartans at Golden Gophers College Basketball Picks

by Reno Gold on Saturday, January 23rd, 2010

Spartans at Golden Gophers College Basketball Picks: The sixth-ranked Michigan State Spartans mens basketball team visit Tubby Smith's Minnesota Golden Gophers Saturday with a Noon Eastern start on CBS. Coach Izzo's Spartans lead the Big 10 at 6-0 and they're 4-2 vs. the BetUS.com point-spreads in conference play. Minnesota, meanwhile, has lost two straight, and could use a win over a team like the Spartans to enhance its NCAA tournament resume.

Spartans at Golden Gophers College Basketball PicksCollege basketball oddsmakers at online super-sportsbook BetUS.com have installed Michigan State as a road favorite by -1 1/2-chalk over Minnesota. As of Saturday morning moneyline odds and totals were OFF the BetUS board.

Michigan State comes to the Twin Cities as the 6th ranked team in the country and fresh off of a 70-62 victory over Iowa on Jan. 20 in East Lansing. The Spartans have started the Big Ten schedule with six straight victories, including a win over the Gophers 60-53 10 days ago.

The Spartans boast of a starting lineup with three double-digit scorers, led by junior guard Kalin Lucas at 15.5 points per game. He is the reigning Big Ten Conference Player of the Year.

For Minnesota, Blake Hoffarber is averaging a career-high 11.4 ppg this season and is shooting .526 from the field and .495 from three-point land, also career highs.

Hoffarber is averaging 15.2 ppg and is shooting .604 (58-96) from the field and .557  from behind the arc over the last 11 games. Lawrence Westbrook is close behind at 13.7 points per game while shooting .523 from the field. Westbrook leads Minnesota in scoring for the season with a career-high 13.3 points per game. He enters the contest 10 points away from 1,000 for his career.Ralph Sampson III is the Gophers' leading rebounder at 5.8 boards per game. He missed two games (Iowa & Purdue) with a sprained right ankle.

The Gophers went 8-0 this season at Williams Arena during the non-conference schedule. Under Smith, Minnesota is 25-0 in regular season non-conference games at the Barn. Dating back to the 2006-07 season under Jim Molinari, Minnesota has won 27 consecutive non-conference regular season home games.

College basketball picks: Michigan State is the pick here with a friendly – 1 1/2 point spread.

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