Minnesota at Northwestern
|Date & Time||Thursday February 28, 2019, 9:00 PM (EST)|
Northwestern Wildcats -1.5 -- O/U: 131
The Minnesota Golden Gophers and the Northwestern Wildcats meet in Big Ten college basketball action from the Welsh-Ryan Arena on Thursday night.
The Minnesota Golden Gophers will look to rebound from back-to-back losses after a 68-64 loss to Rutgers in their last outing. Gabe Kalscheur led the Gophers with 21 points on 7 of 10 shooting, including a perfect 6 of 6 from 3-point range while Daniel Oturu added 20 points on 7 of 10 shooting with a team-high 8 rebounds and a pair of blocks as the only other Minnesota player to score in double figures in the losing effort. Jordan Murphy added 9 points with 7 rebounds as well in the loss. Murphy leads Minnesota by averaging a double-double per game with 14.9 points and 11.8 rebounds per game while Amir Coffey leads the Golden Gophers in assists with 3.1 assists per game this season. As a team, Minnesota is averaging 71.8 points per game on 43.9% shooting from the field, 32.3% from behind the arc and 67.1% from the foul line this season.
The Northwestern Wildcats will be out to snap an 8-game losing streak after a 69-64 loss to Wisconsin in their last outing. Vic Law led the Wildcats with 24 points on 8 of 16 shooting with 4 threes and a team-high 6 assists while Dererk Pardon added 21 points on 9 of 12 shooting as the only other Northwestern player to score in double figures in the losing effort. Anthony Gaines added 6 points and a team-high 5 rebounds as well in the loss. Law leads Northwestern with an average of 15.6 points and 3 assists per game while Pardon leads the Wildcats in rebounding with 7.6 rebounds per game this season. As a team, Northwestern is averaging 66.2 points per game on 40.6% shooting from the field, 31.8% from behind the 3-point line and 72.7% from the foul line this season.
Minnesota is 6-14 ATS in their last 20 road games and 5-21 ATS in their last 26 games against a team with a losing record while the under is 6-1 in their last 7 games overall. Northwestern is 2-8-2 ATS in their last 12 games against a team with a winning record and 0-3-1 ATS in their last 4 games overall while the under is 6-2 in their last 8 games following a loss. Minnesota is 1-5 ATS in the last 6 meetings between these two teams and 3-8 ATS in the last 11 meetings between these two teams at Northwestern.
Neither of these two are teams that I feel comfortable backing right now, with Minnesota having issues on the road and having an alarming tendency to play down to lesser competition over the years while Northwestern has forgotten how to score the basketball. However, while Minnesota has had issues against the Wildcats in recent years, the fact is that Minnesota is easier to trust offensively. I think the wrong team is favored here, so even on the road, I’ll side with Minnesota and the points in a game I see the Golden Gophers winning outright.