Northwestern Wildcats vs. Minnesota Golden Gophers
The Northwestern Wildcats and the Minnesota Golden Gophers face off in Big Ten college basketball. The Golden Gophers are -3 point favorites over the Wildcats with an over/under point total set at 132.
The Northwestern Wildcats have lost their last two games including a 15-point bombing at Michigan State in their last outing. Northwestern is 5-7 in the Big Ten and 8-6 at home this season. Drew Crawford leads the Wildcats in scoring averaging 16.2 points and 6.7 rebounds per game. JerShon Cobb is averaging 12 points, Tre Demps is averaging 10.8 points, Alex Olah is averaging 8.0 points and 5.1 rebounds. Northwestern is averaging 61.2 points and they are shooting 40 percent while defensively they are allowing 63.8 points and their opponents are shooting 40.9 percent. Northwestern is just 204 I Big Ten home games.
The Minnesota Golden Gophers have lost four of their last five games and they are in seventh place in the Big Ten standings. Minnesota is 3-7 away from home and 5-7 in the Big Ten. Andre Hollins leads the Golden Gophers averaging 15.1 points per game. Deandre Mathieu is averaging 11.7 points, Austin Hollins is averaging 11.5 points and 5.8 rebounds, and Malik Smith is averaging 10.1 points. Minnesota is averaging 74 points and they are shooting 44.6percent while defensively they are allowing 68.3 points and their opponents are shooting 42.5 percent. Minnesota is looking for revenge for a one point loss in the first meeting of these two this season.
Northwestern is 2-6 against the spread in their last eight home games, 6-13 against the spread against a team with a winning record, and 2-5 against the spread in their last seven Sunday games. Minnesota is 4-11 against the spread in their last 15 road games against a team with a winning home record, 4-12 against the spread in their last 16 road games, and 1-4 against the spread in their last five games following a game they didn’t cover the point spread.
I like Minnesota to get the win and cover in this one.
Minnesota Golden Gophers -3 Northwestern Wildcats