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Minnesota Golden Gophers vs. Northwestern Wildcats - 2/18/15 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Northwestern Wildcats (11-14) at Minnesota Golden Gophers (16-10)

College Basketball: Wednesday, February 18, 2015 at 9:00 pm (Williams Arena)

The Line: Minnesota Golden Gophers -11 -- Over/Under: See the Latest Odds

TV: BTN HD

The Northwestern Wildcats will travel to Williams Arena to take on the Minnesota Golden Gophers this Wednesday night in College Basketball action.

The Northwestern Wildcats improved to 11-14 (2-10 Big Ten) on the season after defeating the Iowa Hawkeyes, 66-61, this past Sunday. Northwestern shot 42.0% from the field and 45.0% (9-20) from beyond the arc in the victory. Leading the way for the Wildcats was Bryant McIntosh who had 18 points, 3 rebounds, and 4 assists. Northwestern is ranked 143rd in the RPI Standings and has played the 51st ranked SOS. On the season, the Wildcats have been led by Tre Demps (12.2 ppg, 3.2 rpg, 2.5 apg) and Bryant McIntosh (12.2 ppg, 2.7 rpg, 4.3 apg). Northwestern is averaging 63.1 ppg (ranked 277th) on 43.2% shooting (ranked 195th). The Wildcats are shooting 73.1% from the free-throw line (ranked 44th) and have an assist/turnover ratio of 1.20 (ranked 59th).  Northwestern is holding their opponents to an average of 63.7 ppg (ranked 110th) on 42.0% shooting (ranked 136th).  The Wildcats are allowing teams to shoot 37.6% from beyond the arc (ranked 309th) and pulling down 33.56 total rpg (ranked 216th).

Minnesota Golden Gophers vs. Northwestern Wildcats - 2/18/15 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction

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The Minnesota Golden Gophers dropped to 16-10 (5-8 Big Ten) on the season after being defeated by the Indiana Hoosiers, 90-71, this past Sunday. Minnesota shot 49.1% from the field and 30.0% (6-20) from beyond the arc in the loss. Leading the way for the Golden Gophers was Andre Hollins who had 23 points, 2 assists, and 1 block. Minnesota is ranked 79th in the RPI Standings and has played the 82nd ranked SOS. On the season, the Golden Gophers have been led by Andre Hollins (15.2 ppg, 4.1 rpg, 2.5 apg) and Maurice Walker (11.9 ppg, 6.2 rpg, 1.4 bpg). Minnesota is averaging 74.7 ppg (ranked 29th) on 46.2% shooting (ranked 59th). The Golden Gophers average 7.5 three-pointers per game (ranked 64th) on 38.3% three-point shooting (ranked 42nd). Minnesota is holding their opponents to an average of 65.6 ppg (ranked 156th) on 42.7% shooting (ranked 165th). The Golden Gophers average 10.5 spg (ranked 2nd) and have a turnover margin of 5.7 (ranked 4th).

The Wildcats are 6-1 ATS in their last 7 road games however, are 0-5 in their last 5 Wednesday games. The Golden Gophers are 4-1 ATS in their last 5 games vs. a team with a losing S.U. record however, just 3-10 ATS in their last 13 games overall.

Northwestern snapped their 10 game losing streak and picked up their 2nd Big Ten win with an OT win vs. Iowa. Minnesota had their three game winning streak snapped as they had no answers on the defensive end against Indiana. Northwestern finally was able to pulled out a Big-Ten win after numerous close calls throughout the season. Minnesota is great at forcing teams into making turnovers, however, if opponents break their pressure, Minnesota can give up some points. Although playing in Minnesota is always a challenge, Northwestern has played many of the Big Ten teams tough despite their 2-10 conference record and I think double-digit points is too much to pass up. Take Northwestern and the points in this one. 

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