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College Basketball Point Spread Betting Line Favors Northwestern Wildcats in Battle with Minnesota Golden Gophers

The Minnesota Golden Gophers will look to pick up a win while covering the point spread when they take on the Wildcats in Northwestern at Welsh-Ryan Arena on Thursday in college basketball betting odds action.

Opening Odds & Computer Pick

Betting fans looking to side with the Northwestern Wildcats to cover the point spread in this one found them as -3-point favorites earlier in the day. Watch for line moves and updates at Bovada before gametime.

Minnesota Golden Gophers vs Northwestern Wildcats Matchup

Team Betting Records & Power Rankings

Supporters of the Minnesota Golden Gophers have watched them go 13-2 and 8-5 ATS on the college basketball season, while the Northwestern Wildcats are at 12-3 and 9-4 ATS. In totals betting, the Northwestern Wildcats are 5-7-1, while the Minnesota Golden Gophers have a 6-7 mark.

This college basketball game matches up the No. 43 (Northwestern) and the No. 37 (Minnesota) teams in the league, according to our current NCAA basketball power rankings.

Statistical Matchup

Rebounding is always a key handicapping betting consideration and Minnesota is ranked No. 22 in NCAA basketball at 40.53 per game. Contrast that with Northwestern's No. 97 mark in the paint. When it comes to three-point shooting, Northwestern is the No. 72-ranked team in the country at 8.6 per game, while Minnesota rates No. 198 at 6.53 per game.

Recent Outings Betting Recap

Minnesota got 31 points from Nate Mason en route to a 91-82 victory over Purdue on Sunday at Mackey Arena.

The Wildcats got 16 points from Vic Law, but it was Michigan State that prevailed in a 61-52 final on Friday at Breslin Center.

Betting Trends
  • Minnesota is 7-1 SU in its last 8 games
  • Minnesota is 5-11 ATS in its last 16 games on the road
  • Minnesota is 1-13 SU in its last 14 games on the road
  • The total has gone OVER in 12 of Minnesota's last 17 games on the road
  • Northwestern is 9-1 SU in its last 10 games
  • Northwestern is 5-0 SU in its last 5 games at home
  • Northwestern is 5-1 ATS in its last 6 games when playing Minnesota
  • Northwestern is 5-1 SU in its last 6 games when playing Minnesota

Next Betting Matchups

Minnesota home to Ohio State, Sunday, January 8th
Northwestern at Nebraska, Sunday, January 8th

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