Minnesota Golden Gophers vs Northwestern Wildcats Prediction, 3/10/2021 College Basketball Pick, Tips and Odds
Game: Minnesota Golden Gophers vs Northwestern Wildcats
Date: Wednesday, March 10, 2021
Location: Lucas Oil Stadium in Indianapolis, IN
Odds/Point Spread: Minnesota (+1)
The Northwestern Wildcats (9-14) host the Minnesota Golden Gophers (13-14) at Lucas Oil Stadium on Wednesday. Minnesota opens this matchup as 1-point underdogs. The total has been set at 141.5.
Minnesota heads into this contest with a win-loss record of 13-14 on the season. They cough up possession 11.0 times per contest and as a squad they commit 18.6 personal fouls per game. As a team, Minnesota is grabbing 36.4 boards per game and is sitting with 374 assists this year, which is 41st in D-1 in terms of passing. The Golden Gophers are connecting on 28.6% on shots beyond the perimeter (194 of 678) and 75.6% from the charity stripe. They currently have an average of 73.2 pts per contest (129th in Division 1) while hitting 39.4% from the floor. On the defensive end, the Golden Gophers are forcing their opponents into 13.5 turnovers per contest and they draw 19.7 personal fouls. The Golden Gophers are allowing an opponent shooting percentage of 44.4% (714 of 1,608) and they relinquish 40.0 boards per contest as a basketball team. They currently rank 337th in D-1 in giving up assists to their opponents with 404 surrendered so far this year. They are giving up 35.5% on shots from beyond the perimeter and they rank 272nd in the nation in PPG allowed (74.0).
The Minnesota Golden Gophers played the Rutgers Scarlet Knights and went home with a loss by a final score of 77-70 in their last contest. Minnesota walked away from the contest having earned a 31.3% FG percentage (20 of 64) and made 6 out of their 26 shots from downtown. From the free throw line, the Golden Gophers made 24 of 29 tries for a percentage of 82.8%. In regard to rebounding, they collected 38 with 11 of them being of the offensive sort. They also distributed 11 assists for this contest as well as forcing the other team into 14 turnovers and having 6 steals. In the matter of defense, Minnesota allowed 43.5% from the field on 27 out of 62 shooting. Rutgers totaled 14 assists and had 10 steals for the contest. In addition, Rutgers collected 38 boards (6 offensive, 32 defensive) and had 3 blocks. Rutgers ended up shooting 62.5% from the free throw line by making 15 of 24 shots. They knocked down 8 of their 20 tries from beyond the arc.
Brandon Johnson is one guy who was a contributor for this contest. He ended up walking away with 19 points on 6 out of 11 shooting. He played 38 mins played and also collected 11 rebounds. Johnson ended up going 54.5% from the floor but had no assists at the end of the game. One more player that came through in this matchup for the Golden Gophers was Jamal Mashburn. He grabbed 6 rebounds in his 36 min on the court. He finished the game at 29.4% from the floor for the contest by shooting 5-of-17 (17 points). At the conclusion of this game, Mashburn accounted for 2 assists.
Northwestern has a mark of 9-14 on the year. The Wildcats commit 17.5 fouls per game and they go 72.8% from the charity stripe. They are dishing out assists 14.9 times per game (76th in college basketball) and they are turning it over 11.7 times per contest. Northwestern has 1,640 points so far this year (71.3 per contest) and they grab 33.4 boards per game. On the offensive side of the ball, the Wildcats are shooting 43.9% from the floor, which is 193rd in college basketball. The Wildcats defensively are ranked 198th in college hoops in points given up per game with 70.9. The Northwestern defense gives up 33.4% from downtown (188 of 563) and opponents are converting on 72.5% of their free throw attempts. They have surrendered 15.1 dimes and 35.6 boards on a nightly basis, which has them ranked 305th and 216th in the nation. They are forcing 12.7 TO's every game and have let teams shoot 43.1% from the field (164th in college basketball).
When they last played, the Northwestern Wildcats went home victorious with a score of 79-78 when they played the Nebraska Cornhuskers. The Wildcats were able to collect 21 defensive rebounds and 6 offensive boards for a total of 27 for this game. They also turned the ball over 12 times, while earning 8 steals for this game. The Cornhuskers were called for 15 fouls in the matchup which took the Wildcats to the charity stripe for a total of 9 tries. They were able to make 4 of the free throw attempts for a percentage of 44.4%. Pertaining to shooting from beyond the arc, Northwestern converted 11 of 25 attempts (44.0%). At the conclusion of this game, the Wildcats walked away from this one shooting 32 out of 60 from the floor which had them at 53.3%. The Wildcats allowed the Cornhuskers to knock down 26 out of 56 tries from the floor which gave them a rate of 46.4% for the contest. They finished 42.4% from three-point range by shooting 14 out of 33 and finished the contest at 12 of 16 at the charity stripe (75.0%). In reference to how they attacked the glass, Northwestern allowed Nebraska to grab 29 in total (7 on the offensive glass).
Pete Nance pitched in for the Wildcats for this contest. He knocked down 5 out of 10 in the game for a rate of 50.0%, and totaled 7 rebounds. Nance earned 13 points in his 29 mins on the court and accounted for 2 dimes in the game. One more player that ended up playing a role for Northwestern was Miller Kopp. He ended up with 3 dimes in 33 mins on the hardwood, and he shot 5 of 13 from the floor. Kopp finished going 38.5% from the field as well as totaling 12 points and 4 rebounds.
So what is Tonights Parlay prediction?
Parlay's Pundit's Pick: Take Minnesota (+1) and under 141.5 points
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