Minnesota Golden Gophers vs Northwestern Wildcats Prediction, 1/28/2023 College Basketball Picks, Best Bets & Odds
Game: Minnesota Golden Gophers vs Northwestern Wildcats
Date: Saturday, January 28, 2023
Location: Welsh-Ryan Arena in Evanston, IL
The Northwestern Wildcats (14-5) will try to defeat the Minnesota Golden Gophers (7-12) at Welsh-Ryan Arena on Saturday.
The Minnesota Golden Gophers played Indiana and took a loss by a final of 61-57 in their last game. Concerning personal fouls, the Golden Gophers finished with 13 and Indiana totaled 16 personal fouls. They also converted 4 of their 14 attempts from distance. Indiana finished 61.1% from the charity stripe by knocking down 11 of their 18 tries. On top of that, Indiana pulled down 41 rebounds (9 offensive, 32 defensive), but didn't record a block for the team. Indiana doled out 17 assists and had 2 steals for the game. When discussing defense, Minnesota allowed 41.1% from the floor on 23 of 56 shooting. They also recorded 14 assists in this matchup while forcing 10 turnovers and getting 8 steals. In relation to rebounding, they earned a total of 33 with 8 of them being offensive. From the charity stripe, the Golden Gophers made 8 of 14 attempts for a rate of 57.1%. Minnesota ended the game having earned a 34.4% field goal percentage (22 out of 64) and made 5 out of their 25 3-point shots.
Jamison Battle is one player who was a major contributor in this contest. He accounted for 20 points on 8 of 16 shooting. He was on the hardwood for 40 mins played and also snagged 5 rebounds. He walked away from this one shooting 50.0% from the field and also dished out 1 assist.
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Minnesota heads into this one with a record of 7-12 for the season. They are averaging 62.2 pts per contest (350th in the country) while hitting 41.8% from the field. The Golden Gophers are shooting 31.3% on 3-pointers (120 of 383) and 59.2% from the charity stripe. As a team, Minnesota is collecting 34.6 rebounds per game and is sitting with 258 dimes on the campaign, which has them ranked 245th in D-1 in terms of passing the rock. They are giving up possession 12.5 times per game and as a basketball team are committing 14.7 personal fouls per contest.
When they are on defense, the Golden Gophers are able to force 10.8 turnovers per contest and they draw 16.7 fouls. They give up 33.7% on three-point shots while they are 114th in the nation in opponents PPG (66.9). The Golden Gophers defensively are giving up an opponent FG percentage of 42.1% (485 of 1,151) and they surrender 38.2 rebounds per game as a unit. They are ranked 156th in the country in giving up assists with 253 surrendered on the campaign.
In their last game, the Northwestern Wildcats went home victorious with a score of 78-63 when they played Nebraska. The Wildcats were able to corral 26 defensive boards and 7 offensive boards totaling 33 for the game. They turned the ball over 15 times, while getting 8 steals for the contest. Nebraska was called for 11 personal fouls in this game which took the Wildcats to the charity stripe for 12 shots. They were able to knock down 9 of the free throw attempts for a percentage of 75.0%. With respect to shooting from beyond the arc, Northwestern made 11 of their 30 attempts (36.7%). When all was said and done, the Wildcats finished shooting 29 out of 56 from the floor which gave them a shooting percentage of 51.8%. The Wildcats allowed Nebraska to convert 25 out of 53 attempts from the floor which gave them a shooting percentage of 47.2% in the matchup. They finished 36.0% from distance via 9 of 25 and finished the game at 4 of 8 from the free throw line (50.0%). In relation to team rebounding, Northwestern permitted Nebraska to grab 22 in total (5 on the offensive glass).
Ty Berry pitched in for the Wildcats in this contest. He made 10 of 17 in the game for a field goal rate of 58.8%, and accounted for 3 rebounds. He earned 26 points in his 33 mins on the hardwood and accumulated 2 dimes in this matchup.
Northwestern has a win-loss mark of 14-5 this year. The Wildcats have committed 16.1 fouls every game and they go 74.7% from the charity stripe. They are assisting teammates 13.5 times per game (174th in the country) and they lose possession via turnover 10.6 times per game. Northwestern has accounted for 1,316 pts on the campaign (69.3 per game) and they grab 37.1 rebounds per game. On the offensive side of the court, the Wildcats are connecting on 39.7% from the floor, which is 352nd in the nation.
The Wildcats are ranked 16th in Division 1 in points per game surrendered with 61.1. They are able to force 15.1 TO's per game and allow teams to shoot 39.1% from the field (15th in the nation). The Northwestern defense gives up 34.7% on 3-point attempts (157 of 452) and opponents are knocking down 68.2% of their foul shots. They have allowed 13.1 assists and 35.4 rebounds per game, which is ranked 220th and 261st in college hoops.
Who will win tonight's NCAA basketball game against the spread?
Tony Sink's Pick: Take Northwestern
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