Minnesota Golden Gophers host Northwestern Wildcats in college basketball action
Northwestern Wildcats vs Minnesota Golden Gophers Odds
Earning a win and covering the posted spread will be the goals for Northwestern when they take on the Minnesota Golden Gophers on Sunday in college hoops betting action.
Minnesota battles the Wildcats, currently sitting with a 9-5 mark (6-5 ATS). The OVER/UNDER records, always important for totals bettors, are 5-4 for the Golden Gophers and 6-2 for the Wildcats.
The Golden Gophers were listed as 17.5-point favorites at most sportsbooks tracked by Odds Shark earlier in the day. It opened first at BetOnline, where the total was expected shortly.
Power Rankings / Prediction:
The Power Rankings at Odds Shark show No. 93-rated Northwestern taking on the No. 6-rated Golden Gophers in this contest. The scores prediction computer here indicates a possible 82-72 win for the Golden Gophers on Sunday.
How They Match Up:
Offensively, the game matches up Minnesota's No. 49 nationally ranked offense (75.9 points per game) against a Wildcats defense that sits as the No. 86 at 61.8 PPG. The Golden Gophers have been averaging 46.8% from the field, more than the Wildcats have managed so far this season (42.8% on average).
Defensively, Northwestern features the nation's No. 164-rated defense on the road, allowing 70 points per game. Minnesota, meanwhile, comes in at No. 93 nationally in scoring at home.
Northwestern lost its last outing, a 94-66 result against Michigan on January 3. They failed to cover in that game as a 10.5-point underdog. The Wildcats were hammered by Michigan on Thursday, losing by a 94-66 final at Welsh-Ryan Arena in college basketball betting action.
Minnesota was a 76-63 winner in their most recent outing at home against Michigan State. They covered the 6.5-point spread as favorites. The Golden Gophers grabbed a 76-63 win over the Spartans on Monday, behind a 22-point effort from Andre Hollins at Williams Arena.
Northwestern Wildcats Trends:
When playing on Sunday are 3-7
Before playing Penn State are 6-4
After playing Michigan are 7-3
After a loss are 8-2
Minnesota Golden Gophers Trends:
When playing on Sunday are 7-3
Before playing Illinois are 6-4
After playing Michigan State are 5-5
After a win are 9-1
A few Wildcats at Golden Gophers trends to consider:
The total has gone UNDER in 7 of Northwestern's last 10 games when playing on the road against Minnesota
Northwestern is 4-8 SU in its last 12 games on the road
Northwestern is 1-4 ATS in its last 5 games when playing on the road against Minnesota
Northwestern is 0-5 SU in its last 5 games when playing on the road against Minnesota
Minnesota is 5-0 SU in its last 5 games
Minnesota is 5-0 SU in its last 5 games at home
Minnesota is 5-0 SU in its last 5 games when playing at home against Northwestern
The total has gone UNDER in 7 of Minnesota's last 10 games when playing at home against Northwestern
Northwestern at Penn State, Thursday, January 10
Minnesota at Illinois, Wednesday, January 9