Minnesota Golden Gophers vs. Indiana Hoosiers – Jan 12, 2024

The Big Ten Conference once again has a ton of great college basketball teams, and two of them meet on Friday night. The Minnesota Golden Gophers are set to visit the Indiana Hoosiers, and this game will impact the college basketball standings. 

Minnesota has been a big surprise this season as they are coming into this game at 12-3 on the year. The Golden Gophers have rattled off seven straight wins, and they are looking strong in this conference. 

Indiana is coming into this game having gone just 1-2 in their last three games, and those were conference matchups. The Hoosiers are currently sitting at 11-5 overall this season, and they need to get things turned around. 

The Indiana Hoosiers are 3.5-point betting favorites on their home floor against the Minnesota Golden Gophers.

Golden Gophers Getting Stops

Minnesota comes into this game having allowed just 66 points per game this season, and that has been the key to their success. There are some very good offensive teams in this conference, but the Golden Gophers can stop them all. 

Not only can Minnesota lock teams down with their defense, but they have also been a great offensive team. The Golden Gophers are scoring 78.9 points per game, and they have some momentum on offense. 

Forward Dawson Garcia is leading the way with 16.7 points per game, and he is going to have to play well in this matchup. 

Indiana Has to Score

The Indiana Hoosiers are going to have to score points in order to win games because they just haven’t proven that they can get stops. Indiana is allowing over 73 points per game, and that just won’t get the job done. 

Playing at home should help the team get stops on Friday night, and that could allow the offense to get some easy scores. Indiana is scoring 74 points per game this season, and they are capable of getting hot. 

Forward Malik Reneau is leading the way with over 16 points per game, but it’s going to take a good shooting night from the perimeter for the Hoosiers to win this game. Indiana is facing a team that will guard them, but they just need to make their open shot attempts. 

Hoosiers Hang on For Win

Minnesota is coming into this game with a ton of momentum, but it’s not easy to win games as a road team in Assembly Hall. The Golden Gophers will be tested on defense in this game, and it will be a challenge to score enough to stay in the game. 

Indiana simply has to find a way to start winning more games in conference action, and this is a perfect opportunity to do just that. The Hoosiers will need to focus on the defensive end, but they are capable of getting that done. 

Bet the Indiana Hoosiers -3.5 as they will pick up a massive Big Ten Conference win over the Minnesota Golden Gophers. 

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