Minnesota Golden Gophers face Northwestern Wildcats: NCAA basketball odds preview and stats

Minnesota Golden GophersNorthwestern Wildcats
Jan 23, 9:00 PM | Welsh-Ryan Arena

Minnesota Golden Gophers vs Northwestern Wildcats Odds

15-3TEAM RECORD11-8

Northwestern looks to cover the Wildcats-Golden Gophers pointspread on Wednesday and improve its overall 11-8 mark when they host Minnesota in college basketball wagering action.

The Wildcats are 11-8 so far on the season, and 9-7 ATS vs. the number. The Golden Gophers, meanwhile, are 15-3 and 11-5 ATS. OVER/UNDER bettors have seen Northwestern go 7-6 and the Golden Gophers go 8-5 on the totals.

View Minnesota vs Northwestern Odds and Stats.

Betting Line:
On the opening NCAA basketball line for this matchup, Northwestern sat as 9-point underdogs over at 5Dimes. Also, check out the current total, which often goes up first at online sportsbook BetOnline.

Power Rankings / Prediction:
This game matches up the No. 150 (Wildcats) and the No. 6 (Golden Gophers) teams in the league, according to our current NCAAB power rank. A 80-70 result in favor of the Golden Gophers has been projected by the scores prediction engine.

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How They Match Up:
Rebounding is always a key handicapping consideration and Golden Gophers is ranked No. 22 in NCAA hoops at 40.2 per game. Contrast that with Northwestern’s No. 272 mark in the paint. When it comes to three-point shooting, Northwestern is the No. 32-ranked team in the country at 8.1 per game, while Minnesota rates No. 218 at 5.7 per game.

Comparing how these foes stack up statistically, Minnesota owns the country's No. 176-rated mark, allowing 70 points per game on the highway. Northwestern, on the other hand, rates No. 282 in scoring at home.

Last time out for Minnesota, they were an 83-75 loser as they battled Michigan at home. They failed to cover in the match as a 2.5-point favorite. Minnesota got 21 points from Austin Hollins but lost anyway, 83-75, to Michigan on Thursday at Williams Arena.

Northwestern was a 67-59 loser in their most recent outing at home against Indiana. They covered the 12.5-point spread as underdogs. The Wildcats endured a 67-59 loss at the hands of the Hoosiers on Sunday, despite a 22-point effort from Reggie Hearn at Welsh-Ryan Arena.

Minnesota Golden Gophers Trends:
When playing on Wednesday are 7-3
Before playing Wisconsin are 5-5
After playing Michigan are 6-4
After a loss are 4-6

Northwestern Wildcats Trends:
When playing on Wednesday are 7-3
Before playing Nebraska are 0-2
After playing Indiana are 6-4
After a loss are 8-2

A few Golden Gophers at Wildcats trends to consider:
Minnesota is 10-0-1 ATS in its last 11 games on the road
Minnesota is 7-1 SU in its last 8 games on the road
The total has gone OVER in 6 of Minnesota's last 8 games when playing on the road against Northwestern
Minnesota is 1-5 ATS in its last 6 games when playing on the road against Northwestern
Northwestern is 5-1 SU in its last 6 games when playing at home against Minnesota
The total has gone UNDER in 4 of Northwestern's last 5 games
The total has gone OVER in 6 of Northwestern's last 8 games when playing at home against Minnesota
The total has gone UNDER in 4 of Northwestern's last 6 games when playing Minnesota

Next up:
Minnesota at Wisconsin, Saturday, January 26
Northwestern at Nebraska, Saturday, January 26

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