Northwestern vs Minnesota College Basketball Game Picks 1/5/2020
Game: Northwestern Wildcats vs Minnesota Golden Gophers
Date: Sunday, January 5, 2020
Location: Williams Arena in Minneapolis, MN
Odds/Point Spread: Minnesota -10.5
The Northwestern Wildcats head to Williams Arena to take on the Minnesota Golden Gophers on Sunday, January 5, 2020. The opening line for this game has Minnesota as 10.5 point favorites.
Northwestern comes into this game with an overall record of 5-7. They currently have a point differential of 2.0 as they are averaging 67.5 points per game while giving up 65.5 per contest. Minnesota has an overall mark of 7-6. They are averaging 74.5 points per contest and giving up 66.0, which is a point differential of 8.5.
Valuable Northwestern Wildcats Betting Trends
The Northwestern Wildcats are 4-6-1 against the spread this season
The Northwestern Wildcats are 6-4-1 against the over/under this year
Important Minnesota Golden Gophers Betting Trends
The Minnesota Golden Gophers are 9-3-1 against the spread this season
The Minnesota Golden Gophers are 5-8-0 against the over/under this year
Key Northwestern Wildcats Injuries
01/04/20 G Anthony Gaines Upper Body is questionable Sunday vs Minnesota
Key Minnesota Golden Gophers Injuries
11/05/19 F Eric Curry Knee is out for season
01/04/20 C Sam Freeman Undisclosed is questionable Sunday vs Northwestern
01/04/20 G Payton Willis Ankle is questionable Sunday vs Northwestern
Miller Kopp comes into this game averaging 12.6 points per contest while playing 29.1 minutes per night this year. He grabs 3.5 rebounds per contest and distributes 1.1 assists per game. His FG percentage is 64% while his free throw percentage is 89%. Boo Buie averages 10.8 points per contest in 21.6 minutes per game. He averages 2.6 assists per game and 1.8 rebounds per contest. His field goal percentage is 43% for the season while his free throw percentage is 78%.
Daniel Oturu scores 19.1 points per contest while playing 32.7 minutes per game. He hauls in 12.2 rebounds per contest and has 1.2 assists per game on the season. His FG percentage is 64% and his free throw percentage is at 70%. Marcus Carr averages 15.8 points per game this year and he sees the court an average of 36.7 minutes per game. He also brings in 5.8 rebounds per game and has 6.9 assists per contest. His field goal percentage is 38% and his free throw percentage is 69%.
Useful Team Statistics
Northwestern averages 67.5 points per contest, which is 275th in D-1. Their average scoring margin is 2.0 and their shooting percentage is 42% as a unit, which has them ranked 254th. From 3-point territory they shoot 31%, which is good for 274th in the nation. They average 34.8 boards per contest and 14.3 assists per game, which ranks them 226th and 119th in those offensive categories. In the turnover department they are 329th with 11.3 per game. The Wildcats allow 65.5 points per contest, which is 104th in the NCAA. They also surrender a 42% shooting percentage and a 32% average from 3-point range, ranking them 178th and 123rd in defensive field goal percentage. Opponents average 35.1 rebounds a game which ranks 171st, and they allow 14.9 assists per game which puts them in 306th place in the country. They force 12.2 turnovers per game which ranks them 47th in Division 1.
Useful Team Statistics
Minnesota is 125th in the nation with 74.5 points per contest this season. They are 173rd in the country in shooting at 44%, while their average scoring margin is 8.5. They shoot 35% from beyond the arc, which is good for 105th in the NCAA. They are 37th in D-1 in rebounding with 40.2 boards per contest and 37th in assists per game with 16.2. The Golden Gophers are 143rd in turnovers per contest with 14.1. The Golden Gophers give up 66.0 points per game, which ranks them 116th in Division 1. Their defense surrenders a 41% shooting percentage and a 33% average from behind the 3-point line, ranking them 102nd and 191st in those defensive statistics. They rank 139th with 12.0 dimes allowed per game and 139th with 34.4 boards surrendered per contest. The Golden Gophers are 112th in the nation in forcing turnovers with 13.2 per contest this year.
The Wildcats are 224th in the nation in offensive rating with 99.8. In terms of pace they are 290th in the country with 67.7 possessions per 40 minutes, and their effective field goal percentage of 48% is 272nd. As a team they are 245th in college basketball in true shooting percentage with 52% and they shoot 3-pointers on 36% of their shots, ranking 223rd in Division 1. Northwestern is 300th in turnovers, as they turn the ball over an average of 14.9 times per 100 possessions.
Minnesota is 159th in the country in turnovers, as they turn the ball over an average of 17 times per 100 possessions. The Golden Gophers have an offensive rating of 105.4, which is ranked 106th. They are 233rd in D-1 in pace with 69.3 possessions per 40 minutes, and their eFG% of 51% is 143rd. As a unit they are 148th in college basketball in true shooting percentage with 54% and they shoot 3-pointers on 42% of their shot attempts, ranking 82nd in the country.
Who will win tonight's Northwestern/Minnesota college basketball game against the spread?
Tony's Pick: Take Northwestern +10.5
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