Thursday, February 4, 2016
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The Minnesota Golden Gophers travel to Welsh-Ryan Arena to play the Northwestern Wildcats on Thursday, February 4, 2016. The opening line for this game has Northwestern as 12 point favorites and the over/under has been set at 142.
The Golden Gophers come into this game with an overall record of 6-16 and a road record of 0-5. They are 7-13 against the spread and their over/under record is 12-8. The Wildcats have an overall record of 15-8 and a home record of 10-4. They have an over/under record of 10-9 and they are 8-10 against the spread.
Nate Mason comes into this contest averaging 13.7 points per game while playing 33 minutes per night so far this season for the Golden Gophers. He pulls down 2.7 rebounds per game and dishes out 4.5 assists per game as well. His field goal percentage is 39% while his free throw percentage is currently at 79%. Joey King averages 11.7 points per game in 30.5 minutes per contest this season. He averages 1.4 assists per contest and 3.5 rebounds per game for Minnesota. His field goal percentage is 44% for the year while his free throw percentage is 88%.
Bryant McIntosh averages 14.6 points per game while playing 35.2 minutes per contest this year for the Wildcats. He grabs 3.4 rebounds per game and has 6.8 assists per contest on the year. His field goal percentage is 43% and his free throw percentage currently is at 84%. Tre Demps averages 14.4 points per game this season and he sees the court an average of 36.6 minutes per contest. He also averages 3.5 rebounds per contest and 3.4 assists per game. His field goal percentage is 38% and his free throw percentage is 65%.
Minnesota averages 69.5 points per contest this season which ranks them 235th in the nation. Their average scoring margin is -4.3 and their shooting percentage is 42% as a team which has them ranked 281st. Behind the arc they shoot 32% which is good for 268th in the country. They average 33.7 rebounds per game and 12.7 assists per game which ranks them 275th and 197th in those offensive categories. In the turnover department they rank 32nd with 11 per game. The Golden Gophers allow 73.9 points per game to their opponents which ranks them 215th in the nation. They also allow a 44% shooting percentage and a 35% average from behind the arc ranking them 201st and 189th in those defensive categories. Opponents average 39.1 rebounds a game which ranks 300th and they give up 15.5 assists per contest which puts them in 311th place in the country. They force 12.3 turnovers per game which ranks them 216th in the Division 1.
Northwestern averages 72.7 points per game this year which ranks them 171st in Division 1 college basketball. Their average scoring margin is 5.9 and their shooting percentage is 45% as a team which has them sitting in the 106th spot in the country. Behind the arc they shoot 34% which is good for 183rd in the nation. They average 37.6 rebounds per game and 16.2 assists per contest which ranks them 103rd and 30th respectively. In the turnover department the Wildcats rank 17th with 10.5 per game. The Wildcats allow 66.8 points per game to their opponents which ranks them 54th in the country. They also allow a 41% shooting percentage and a 35% average from behind the arc ranking them 54th and 181st in those defensive statistics. Opponents average 34.8 rebounds a game which ranks 111th and they give up 15 assists per contest which puts them in 287th place in the nation. The Wildcats force 11.1 turnovers per game which ranks them 301st in college basketball.
The Golden Gophers average 67.6 points per game on the road this season and they have scored 67.7 ppg in their past 3 contests. They have an average scoring differential of -8.3 on the road and in their past 3 games their difference is -5 per contest. The Golden Gophers have an offensive rating of 100.1 and they assist on 53.7% of their shots. In terms of pace they average 68.3 possessions per 40 minutes and their effective field goal percentage is 47%. As a team they have a true shooting percentage of 51% and they shoot 3 pointers on 36% of their shots. Minnesota turns the ball over an average of 14.1 times per 100 possessions and they get a steal on 7.9% of their opponents possessions. Their total rebound percentage is 46.3% while their offensive rebound percentage is 25%. The Golden Gophers give up 75.9 points per game on the road this season and they have surrendered 72.7 points per contest in their last 3 games.
The Wildcats score 74 ppg at home and they have averaged 57.7 points per contest in their last 3 games.They have an average scoring differential of -25.7 in their past 3 contests and at home this season they have a difference of 10.7 points per game. The Wildcats have a rating on offense of 109.2 and 61.6% of their shots are assisted. They possess the ball 65.2 times per 40 minutes and their effective field goal percentage for the year is 52%. As an offensive unit they have a true shooting percentage of 54% and they attempt 3 pointers on 41% of their shots. Northwestern turns it over an average of 13.6 times per 100 possessions and they steal the ball on 6.3% of their opponents possessions. Their total rebound percentage is 51.9% while their offensive rebound percentage for the season is 31%. The Wildcats give up 63.3 points per contest at home this year and they have given up 83.3 points per game in their past 3 contests.
Minnesota Golden Gophers Betting Trends
The Minnesota Golden Gophers are 7-13 against the spread
The Minnesota Golden Gophers are 12-8 against the over/under
Northwestern Wildcats Betting Trends
The Northwestern Wildcats are 8-10 against the spread
The Northwestern Wildcats are 10-9 against the over/under
Minnesota Golden Gophers Injuries
12/23/15 G Jarvis Johnson Heart out indefinitely
02/03/16 G Carlos Morris Personal probable Thursday vs. Northwestern
01/19/16 G Ahmad Gilbert Finger out indefinitely
Northwestern Wildcats Injuries
11/11/15 F Vic Law Shoulder out for season
Guy's Pick: Take Minnesota
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