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College Basketball Matchup - Northwestern Wildcats Minnesota Golden Gophers Odds Preview

Minnesota Golden GophersNorthwestern Wildcats
16-9February 16, 2014, 06:00 | Welsh-Ryan Arena12-13

Northwestern will look to improve on its 12-13 record on Sunday when they host Minnesota in NCAA basketball odds action at Welsh-Ryan Arena.

The Golden Gophers will try to spoil to the party on Sunday; they are 9-11-2 ATS against the number this season, while the Wildcats are 9-15 ATS. Minnesota is 10-11 on the totals; Northwestern is 7-17.

View Minnesota Golden Gophers vs Northwestern Wildcats Odds and Stats.

Bettors looking to side with Northwestern in this one found them as 3-point underdogs earlier in the day. Watch for line moves and updates at Bovada before gametime.

The power rankings show a disparity between these teams, with the Wildcats rated this week at No. 298 and the Golden Gophers sitting at No. 165.

In their last action, Minnesota was a 78-70 loser on the road against Wisconsin. They covered the 8.5-point spread as underdogs. Andre Hollins scored 22 points in a futile effort to lead the Golden Gophers to a win (they lost 78-70 to Wisconsin at Kohl Center on Thursday).

In their last action, Northwestern was an 85-70 loser on the road against Michigan State. They failed to cover the 14-point spread as underdogs. The Wildcats endured an 85-70 loss at the hands of the Spartans on Thursday, despite a 22-point effort from JerShon Cobb at Breslin Center.

How They Match Up:
Offensively, the game matches up Northwestern's No. 252 nationally ranked offense (61.16 points per game) against a Golden Gophers defense that sits as the No. 97 at 68.28 PPG. The Wildcats have been averaging 40.02% from the field, less than the Golden Gophers have managed so far this season (44.6% on average).

A few Golden Gophers at Wildcats trends to consider:
Minnesota is 5-8-2 ATS in its last 15 games
Minnesota is 1-4 SU in its last 5 games
The total has gone OVER in 5 of Minnesota's last 7 games
Minnesota is 1-3-1 ATS in its last 5 games on the road
The total has gone UNDER in 8 of Northwestern's last 9 games
Northwestern is 2-6 ATS in its last 8 games at home
Northwestern is 2-5 SU in its last 7 games at home
The total has gone UNDER in 5 of Northwestern's last 5 games at home

Next up:
Minnesota home to Illinois, Wednesday, February 19th
Northwestern at Ohio State, Wednesday, February 19th