Thursday, January 5, 2017
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The Minnesota Golden Gophers travel to Welsh-Ryan Arena to play the Northwestern Wildcats on Thursday, January 5, 2017.
The Golden Gophers come into this game with an overall record of 13-2 and a road record of 1-1. They are 8-5 against the spread and their over/under record is 6-7. The Wildcats have an overall record of 12-3 and a home record of 9-0. They have an over/under record of 5-7 and they are 8-3 against the spread.
Nate Mason comes into this contest averaging 14.7 points per game while playing 33.9 minutes per night so far this season for the Golden Gophers. He pulls down 3.5 rebounds per game and dishes out 5.8 assists per game as well. His field goal percentage is 42% while his free throw percentage is currently at 75%. Dupree McBrayer averages 12.7 points per game in 31.5 minutes per contest this season. He averages 3.2 assists per contest and 2.1 rebounds per game for Minnesota. His field goal percentage is 48% for the year while his free throw percentage is 73%.
Scottie Lindsey averages 15.7 points per game while playing 31.1 minutes per contest this year for the Wildcats. He grabs 4.3 rebounds per game and has 2.9 assists per contest on the year. His field goal percentage is 45% and his free throw percentage currently is at 90%. Vic Law averages 13.8 points per game this season and he sees the court an average of 30.4 minutes per contest. He also averages 5.8 rebounds per contest and 2.3 assists per game. His field goal percentage is 46% and his free throw percentage is 63%.
Minnesota averages 77.8 points per contest this season which ranks them 70th in the nation. Their average scoring margin is 11.3 and their shooting percentage is 44% as a team which has them ranked 138th. Behind the arc they shoot 35% which is good for 162nd in the country. They average 40.5 rebounds per game and 15.9 assists per game which ranks them 21st and 51st in those offensive categories. In the turnover department they rank 75th with 12.2 per game. The Golden Gophers allow 66.5 points per game to their opponents which ranks them 62nd in the nation. They also allow a 38% shooting percentage and a 29% average from behind the arc ranking them 18th and 12th in those defensive categories. Opponents average 38.4 rebounds a game which ranks 280th and they give up 11.9 assists per contest which puts them in 79th place in the country. They force 14 turnovers per game which ranks them 142nd in Division 1.
Northwestern averages 75.9 points per game this year which ranks them 100th in Division 1 college basketball. Their average scoring margin is 11.6 and their shooting percentage is 44% as a team which has them sitting in the 148th spot in the country. Behind the arc they shoot 38% which is good for 71st in the nation. They average 38.3 rebounds per game and 17.9 assists per contest which ranks them 82nd and 13th respectively. In the turnover department the Wildcats rank 22nd with 11 per game. The Wildcats allow 64.3 points per game to their opponents which ranks them 33rd in the country. They also allow a 38% shooting percentage and a 31% average from behind the arc ranking them 23rd and 69th in those defensive statistics. Opponents average 36 rebounds a game which ranks 174th and they give up 11.1 assists per contest which puts them in 37th place in the nation. The Wildcats force 12.9 turnovers per game which ranks them 231st in college basketball.
The Golden Gophers average 71.3 points per game on the road this season and they have scored 82.3 ppg in their past 3 contests. They have an average scoring differential of 1.7 on the road and in their past 3 games their difference is 5 per contest. The Golden Gophers have an offensive rating of 105.8 and they assist on 60.8% of their shots. In terms of pace they average 72.3 possessions per 40 minutes and their effective field goal percentage is 50%. As a team they have a true shooting percentage of 54% and they shoot 3 pointers on 32% of their shots. Minnesota turns the ball over an average of 14.7 times per 100 possessions and they get a steal on 8.7% of their opponents possessions. Their total rebound percentage is 51.4% while their offensive rebound percentage is 29%. The Golden Gophers give up 69.7 points per game on the road this season and they have surrendered 77.3 points per contest in their last 3 games.
The Wildcats score 80.1 ppg at home and they have averaged 70.3 points per contest in their last 3 games.They have an average scoring differential of 3.3 in their past 3 contests and at home this season they have a difference of 17.4 points per game. The Wildcats have a rating on offense of 110.6 and 67.7% of their shots are assisted. They possess the ball 68.6 times per 40 minutes and their effective field goal percentage for the year is 51%. As an offensive unit they have a true shooting percentage of 55% and they attempt 3 pointers on 39% of their shots. Northwestern turns it over an average of 13.9 times per 100 possessions and they steal the ball on 7.4% of their opponents possessions. Their total rebound percentage is 51.6% while their offensive rebound percentage for the season is 32%. The Wildcats give up 62.7 points per contest at home this year and they have given up 67 points per game in their past 3 contests.
Minnesota Golden Gophers Betting Trends
The Minnesota Golden Gophers are 8-5 against the spread
The Minnesota Golden Gophers are 6-7 against the over/under
Northwestern Wildcats Betting Trends
The Northwestern Wildcats are 8-3 against the spread
The Northwestern Wildcats are 5-7 against the over/under
Minnesota Golden Gophers Injuries
11/08/16 F Davonte Fitzgerald Knee out for season
Northwestern Wildcats Injuries
12/14/16 F Aaron Falzon Knee out for season
01/03/17 C Dererk Pardon Hand is upgraded to probable
Guy's Pick: Take Northwestern
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