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Northwestern Wildcats visit Minnesota Golden Gophers in NCAA Basketball wagering battle

Northwestern WildcatsMinnesota Golden Gophers
11-11February 01, 2014, 02:00 | Williams Arena15-6

Minnesota will look to improve on its 15-6 record on Saturday when they host Northwestern in NCAA basketball odds action at Williams Arena.

The Wildcats will try to spoil to the party on Saturday; they are 8-13 ATS against the number this season, while the Golden Gophers are 7-10-1 ATS. Northwestern is 6-15 on the totals; Minnesota is 8-9.

View Northwestern Wildcats vs Minnesota Golden Gophers Odds and Stats.

Bettors looking to go with the Golden Gophers in this one found them listed as -10.5-point favorites earlier on the NCAA basketball betting menu for Saturday's contest. Check for updates as money coming in on the Wildcats was expected to move the line.

The Golden Gophers sit at No. 72 in the current college hoops power poll here at Odds Shark, while the Wildcats sit at No. 304 on the same chart.

Northwestern was a 65-56 winner in their most recent outing on the road against Wisconsin. They covered the 17-point spread as underdogs. Drew Crawford went off for 30 points and added 8 rebounds for good measure, leading Northwestern to a 65-56 win over Wisconsin on Wednesday at Kohl Center.

Last time out for Minnesota, they were an 82-78 loser as they battled Nebraska on the road. They failed to cover in the match as a 1-point favorite. The Golden Gophers wasted a 29-point performance from Malik Smith in losing to Nebraskan 82-78 on Sunday at Pinnacle Bank Arena.

How They Match Up:
In the paint, the rebound battle will feature Minnesota's No. 108-rated squad against Northwestern's No. 169-rated roster. And in long-range shooting, Minnesota rates No. 53 in the country with 7.52 per game, while their foes tonight rank No. 116 nationally with 6.32 per match.

A few Wildcats at Golden Gophers trends to consider:
Northwestern is 4-2 ATS in its last 6 games
Northwestern is 4-2 SU in its last 6 games
The total has gone UNDER in 5 of Northwestern's last 5 games
Northwestern is 3-11 SU in its last 14 games on the road
Minnesota is 3-7-1 ATS in its last 11 games
Minnesota is 10-4 SU in its last 14 games
The total has gone OVER in 4 of Minnesota's last 5 games
Minnesota is 2-4-1 ATS in its last 7 games at home

Next up:
Northwestern home to Nebraska, Saturday, February 8th
Minnesota at Purdue, Wednesday, February 5th