Big 10 foes will clash when the Minnesota Golden Gophers (7-6, 1-2 Big 10) challenge the Northwestern Wildcats (5-7, 0-2 Big 10) at Williams Arena. Action gets underway at 7:30 p.m. ET on Sunday, January 5, 2020.
Northwestern Wildcats vs. Minnesota Golden Gophers Betting Preview
In the Wildcats’ last contest, they lost a close one to the Hartford Hawks, 67-66. Miller Kopp had a good performance for Northwestern, leading both teams in scoring with 24 points on 9-for-15 shooting. Hartford had an effective field goal percentage of 0.635 (above their season average of 0.486). Northwestern, on the other hand, held the Hawks to an offensive rebounding percentage of 4.0 (below their season average of 20.6).
The Golden Gophers are trying to rebound after their 83-78 loss to the Purdue Boilermakers in their last outing. Daniel Oturu was the game’s high scorer with 29 points on 12-for-23 shooting. Purdue made 11 of their 25 three pointers (44.0 percent). Minnesota, on the other hand, had an offensive rebounding percentage of 43.5 (above their season average of 32.2).
This is the first time these teams will battle this year, after the Golden Gophers won the sole contest last season, 62-50. The Golden Gophers played a perfect game. They had an offensive rebounding percentage of 18.8 and a solid free throw rate of 0.294. The Wildcats were 8.3 and 0.132, respectively, for those same stats.
Looking at effective field goal percentage, Minnesota figures to have a significant advantage. The Golden Gophers defense ranks 70th in effective field goal percentage allowed (0.456), while the Northwestern offense is ranked 274th in effective field goal percentage (0.478).
Northwestern vs. Minnesota Prediction
Basketball Tip: SU Winner – Minnesota, ATS Winner – Minnesota, O/U – Under
The Golden Gophers rank 33rd in three pointers allowed per game (18.2) while the Wildcats rank 155th (22.6).
Northwestern ranks 48th in steals allowed per game (5.7) while Minnesota ranks 85th (6.2).
Minnesota ranks 30th in assists per game (16.2) while Northwestern ranks 205th in assists allowed per game (14.9).
The Golden Gophers rank 36th in rebounds per game (40.2) while the Wildcats rank 174th (34.9).
Minnesota ranks 23rd in blocks per game (5.3) while Northwestern ranks 156th (2.4).
The Golden Gophers’ average margin of victory in their last five games has been 7.0, down from 8.5 for the season.
During their last five games, the Wildcats have scored an average of 66.4 points per game (1.1 below their season average) and allowed an average of 67.8 points per game (2.3 above their season average).