Minnesota vs. Northwestern - 3/11/20 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Minnesota vs. Northwestern - 3/11/20 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction Photo by Quinn Harris-USA TODAY Sports

Northwestern Wildcats (8-22) at Minnesota Golden Gophers (14-16)

College Basketball: Wednesday, March 11, 2020 at 6:00 pm (Bankers Life Fieldhouse)

The Line: Minnesota Golden Gophers -8.5 -- Over/Under: 138

TV: BTN

The Minnesota Golden Gophers and the Northwestern Wildcats meet in a Big Ten conference tournament first round matchup in college basketball action from Bankers Life Fieldhouse on Wednesday night.

The Northwestern Wildcats come into the conference tournament as the #13-seed, finishing the year with a 3-17 mark in conference play as part of their 8-22 overall record on the year. Miller Kopp leads Northwestern in scoring with 13.2 PPG while Boo Buie and Pat Spencer each has 10.5 PPG with Spencer adding a team-high 4 APG this season. Pete Nance leads the Wildcats on the glass with 6.1 RPG while Ryan Young has 9 PPG and 6 RPG this season. As a team, Northwestern is averaging 65.2 points on 41.6% shooting from the field, 31.3% from 3-point range and 73.1% from the foul line while allowing opposing teams to average 69.9 points on 42% shooting from the field and 34.3% from 3-point range this season.

The Minnesota Golden Gophers come into the tournament as the #12-seed, finishing with an 8-12 conference record as part of their 14-16 overall record this season. Daniel Oturu leads the Gophers in scoring and rebounding with 20 PPG and 11.4 RPG while Marcus Carr is 2nd with 15.5 PPG and a team-high 6.7 APG this season. Gabe Kalscheur is 3rd in scoring with 11.8 PPG this season. As a team, Minnesota is averaging 71 points on 42.6% shooting from the field, 33.3% from 3-point range and 68.8% from the foul line while allowing opposing teams to average 66.6 points on 40.8% shooting from the field and 30.8% from 3-point range this season.

This feels like a lot of points to be giving up to a Minnesota team that wasn’t all that good against the number down the stretch to finish the regular season. However, Northwestern was easily one of the two worst teams in the Big Ten this season, along with Nebraska, and Minnesota took care of business in both games against Northwestern this season, including a 26-point win in Northwestern’s own building last month. I just haven’t seen anything from Northwestern to think that this game would be any different, so I’ll lay the points with Minnesota in this one.

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Chris’s Pick Minnesota -8.5

The pick in this article is the opinion of the writer, not a Sports Chat Place site consensus.