Northwestern vs. Minnesota - 2/23/20 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction
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Minnesota Golden Gophers (12-13) at Northwestern Wildcats (6-19)
College Basketball: Sunday, February 23, 2020 at 3:00 pm (Welsh-Ryan Arena)
The Line: Northwestern +2.5 -- Over/Under: 131 Click Here for the Latest Odds
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The Minnesota Golden Gophers (12-13, CONF 6-9) and Northwestern Wildcats (6-19, CONF 1-14) face off in a Big Ten showdown at Welsh Ryan Arena. Minnesota knocked off Northwestern 77-68 earlier this season.
Minnesota’s chances of making the NCAA tournament might already be gone, but if they lose this game that will be the final nail in the coffin.
Minnesota comes into this game having lost three games in a row and five of the last six. Each of the last two games, the Gophers offense has struggled not scoring more than 56 points in a game.
On the road, Minnesota has a 1-8 record and the offense is averaging only 62.1 points per game away from home. Center Daniel Oturu is the star of the Gophers averaging 19.6 points, 11.4 rebounds, while shooting 56.5 percent from the field. At times Minnesta doesn’t give the ball enough to Oturu, and that can’t be the case in this one, if they want to win this game.
In the first game against the Wildcats, Oturu put up 19 points and grabbed 16 rebounds.
Northwestern is really struggling this year, and coming into this game they have lost ten games in a row. Over the last five games Northwestern is averaging 62.6 points while giving up 74 points.
At home this season, Northwestern’s defense is a little better, but their offense has still been a cause for concern.
Forward Miller Kopp is Northwestern’s best player, averaging 13.2 points and shooting over 40 percent from deep. If the Wildcats want to win this game, it’s going to be about slowing down Oturu.
The under is 7-1 in Minnesota’s last eight games overall. Northwestern is 7-18-1 against the spread in their last 26 home games. The under is 22-6-1 in Minnesota’s last 29 road games. The road team is 8-2 against the spread in the last ten meetings between Northwestern and Minnesota.
Even with all of Minnesota’s struggles, they are the more talented team, and Daniel Oturu is going to have another big game. Look for Northwestern to struggle to score, and Minnesota to cover the spread.