Minnesota vs. Northwestern - 1/9/16 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction
Northwestern Wildcats (13-3) at Minnesota Golden Gophers (6-9)
College Basketball: Saturday, January 9, 2016 at 2:30 pm (Williams Arena)
The Line: Minnesota Golden Gophers +1.5 -- Over/Under: See the Latest Odds
The Northwestern Wildcats and Minnesota Golden Gophers meet Saturday at the Williams Arena.
The Northwestern Wildcats need a nice win here to snap back-to-back losses. The Northwestern Wildcats are averaging 77.2 points on 46.8 percent shooting and allowing 64.8 points on 38.7 percent shooting. Bryant McIntosh is averaging 15.9 points and seven assists while Tre Demps is averaging 14.4 points and 3.3 rebounds. Dererk Pardon is the third double-digit scorer and Scottie Lindsey is dishing 1.8 assists. The Northwestern Wildcats are shooting 36.7 percent from beyond the arc and 68.4 percent from the free throw line. Northwestern is allowing 32.1 percent shooting from deep and is grabbing 39.2 rebounds per game. The Northwestern Wildcats have won four of their last six road games.
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The Minnesota Golden Gophers need a win to snap a rough four-game losing streak. The Minnesota Golden Gophers are averaging 72.3 points on 41.3 percent shooting and allowing 73.5 points on 43.8 percent shooting. Joey King is averaging 13.4 points and 3.6 rebounds while Nate Mason is averaging 13 points and four assists. Carlos Morris is dishing 1.5 assists and Jordan Murphy is grabbing 8.5 rebounds. The Minnesota Golden Gophers are shooting 34.9 percent from beyond the arc and 71.5 percent from the free throw line. Minnesota is allowing 37.3 percent shooting from deep and is grabbing 35.5 rebounds per game. The Minnesota Golden Gophers have split their last 10 home games.
The Wildcats are 1-4 ATS in their last 5 vs. Big Ten and 3-0-1 ATS in their last 4 road games. The Golden Gophers are 2-5 ATS in their last 7 home games and 2-6 ATS in their last 8 games following a ATS loss. The home team is 11-5 ATS in the last 16 meetings.
Minnesota simply isn't a good basketball team and continues to struggle against even decent comp. Northwestern is one of the better teams in the Big Ten and should be able to get the job done here. I have zero faith in the Golden Gophers.