The Minnesota Golden Gophers (11-9, 5-5 Big 10) will try to snap the six-game winning streak of Illinois when they travel to State Farm Center to square off against the No. 19 Fighting Illini (15-5, 7-2 Big 10). Action begins at 7:30 p.m. ET on Thursday, January 30, 2020.
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In the Golden Gophers’ last matchup, they got blown out by the No. 11 Michigan State Spartans, 70-52. Minnesota’s Marcus Carr had a good game, finishing with 11 points, seven rebounds and six assists. Michigan State held the Golden Gophers to an effective field goal percentage of 0.325 (below their season average of 0.502). Minnesota, meanwhile, did a terrific job of converting from the free throw line (15-20; 75.0 percent).
The Fighting Illini will look to keep it rolling after just getting past the Michigan Wolverines in their last outing, 64-62. Illinois rallied around Ayo Dosunmu, who was the game’s leading scorer with 27 points on 11-for-18 shooting. The Fighting Illini held the Wolverines to an effective field goal percentage of 0.424 (below their season average of 0.541) and had a better free throw rate (0.222 vs. 0.203).
The high-octane offense of Illinois will clash against the mid-tier defense of Minnesota. The Fighting Illini currently rank 37th in offensive efficiency, while the Golden Gophers are 169th in defensive efficiency. The Fighting Illini figure to have the edge on that end of the court.
This is the first time these teams will meet this year, after splitting two games last season. In the most recent matchup, the Golden Gophers won 86-75. The Golden Gophers played a flawless game. They had a phenomenal free throw rate of 0.333 and a ridiculous offensive rebounding percentage of 35.5. For those same stats, the Fighting Illini put up marks of 0.276 and 29.4, respectively.
Minnesota Golden Gophers at Illinois Fighting Illini Odds Prediction
Free Basketball Pick: SU Winner – Illinois, ATS Winner – Illinois, O/U – Over
The Fighting Illini rank 42nd in assists allowed per game (10.7) while the Golden Gophers rank 138th (12.8).
Minnesota ranks 211th in steals per game (5.2) while Illinois ranks 234th (4.7).
Minnesota ranks 62nd in three pointers attempted per game (24.9) while Illinois ranks 261st (17.6).
The Fighting Illini rank 18th in rebounds per game (40.5) while the Golden Gophers rank 150th in rebounds allowed per game (35.3).
Minnesota ranks 27th in blocks per game (4.8) while Illinois ranks 131st (3.0).
The Fighting Illini’s average margin of victory in their last five games has been 5.4, down from 10.9 for the season.
During their last five games, the Golden Gophers have scored an average of 64.0 points per game (7.2 below their season average) and allowed an average of 65.8 points per game (0.7 below their season average).