Wisconsin Badgers vs Minnesota Golden Gophers Prediction, 2/23/2022 College Basketball Picks, Best Bets & Odds
Game: Wisconsin Badgers vs Minnesota Golden Gophers
Date: Wednesday, February 23, 2022
Location: Williams Arena in Minneapolis, MN
The Minnesota Golden Gophers (13-12) will play the Wisconsin Badgers (21-5) at Williams Arena on Wednesday.
The Wisconsin Badgers faced Michigan and notched a win by a score of 77-63 in their last game. Regarding personal fouls, the Badgers ended up with 16 while Michigan totaled 19 personal fouls. They made 4 of their 25 shots from distance. Michigan ended up shooting 69.2% when shooting free throws by converting 9 of 13 tries. Moreover, Michigan grabbed 36 rebounds (12 offensive, 24 defensive), but finished the game with no rejections. Michigan totaled 11 dimes and had 5 steals in this game. Pertaining to defense, Wisconsin let their opponent shoot 39.1% from the floor on 25 out of 64 shooting. They also distributed 7 assists in the game as well as forcing the other team into 11 turnovers and having 7 steals. In reference to getting rebounds, they earned 27 with 4 of them being of the offensive sort. At the charity stripe, the Badgers converted 15 of 16 shots for a percentage of 93.8%. Wisconsin walked away from the game having earned a 50.0% FG percentage (29 out of 58) and knocked down 4 of 13 shots from distance.
Johnny Davis is one player who came through for the matchup. He finished the game shooting 64.7% from the field and also dished out 1 assist. He played 37 mins played and also snagged 6 rebounds. He ended up finishing with 25 points on 11 out of 17 shooting.
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Wisconsin steps onto the court with a record of 21-5 this season. They lose possession by turning the ball over 8.5 times per game and as a team they commit 16.8 fouls on a nightly basis. As a team, Wisconsin is collecting 35.1 rebounds per game and is sitting with 288 assists for the year, which ranks 306th in college basketball in terms of passing the ball. The Badgers are hitting 31.0% on three-point shots (172 of 554) and 74.8% from the free throw line. They are averaging 71.2 points per game (175th in the nation) on 42.6% from the field.
On the defensive end of the court, the Badgers are forcing their opponents into 11.7 turnovers per contest while drawing 19.0 fouls. They are ranked 92nd in college hoops in giving up assists with 302 relinquished on the year. The Badgers defensively are allowing a shooting percentage of 43.4% (646 of 1,490) and they relinquish 35.2 boards per contest as a group. They give up 32.6% on shots from beyond the perimeter while they are 99th in college hoops in PPG allowed (66.3).
In their last game, the Minnesota Golden Gophers got the victory with a final of 77-60 when they faced Northwestern. The Golden Gophers earned 32 defensive boards and 5 offensive boards totaling 37 for this contest. They also turned it over 14 times, while getting 5 steals in this game. Northwestern committed 12 fouls for this contest which took the Golden Gophers to the charity stripe for a total of 12 tries. They were able to bury 8 of those for a percentage of 66.7%. With respect to 3-point shots, Minnesota converted 11 of 23 tries (47.8%). When this game wrapped up, the Golden Gophers went 29 for 52 from the floor which had them sitting at 55.8%. The Golden Gophers allowed Northwestern to make 22 out of their 59 attempts from the field which gave them a percentage of 37.3% for the matchup. They shot 33.3% from 3-point land by hitting 7 out of 21 and ended up going 9 of 18 at the free throw line (50.0%). When it comes to how they rebounded, Minnesota permitted Northwestern to collect 25 in all (6 on the offensive glass).
Luke Loewe was important for the Golden Gophers for the game. He had 24 points in his 38 mins of playing time and accumulated 7 assists in this game. He knocked down 9 out of 13 for the matchup for a field goal rate of 69.2%, and totaled 2 rebounds.
Minnesota has a win-loss record of 13-12 this year. In terms of offensive execution, the Golden Gophers are shooting 44.4% from the floor, which is ranked 160th in college hoops. Minnesota has earned 1,678 points so far this year (67.1 per contest) and they pull in 31.3 rebounds per contest. They are assisting teammates 12.4 times per contest (227th in college hoops) and they lose possession by turning the ball over 9.8 times per game. The Golden Gophers commit 13.6 personal fouls per contest and they go 71.1% from the charity stripe.
The Minnesota defense concedes 32.7% on three-point shots (166 of 507) and their opposition makes 68.9% of their shots from the free throw line. They surrender 13.4 assists and 37.1 boards every game, which ranks 248th and 310th in those defensive categories. The Golden Gophers on defense are ranked 157th in the country in points per game surrendered with 68.2. They are forcing their opponents into 10.4 TO's every game and have let teams shoot 44.8% from the field (279th in college basketball).
Who will win tonight's NCAA basketball game against the spread?
Guy Bruhn's Pick: Take Minnesota
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