Minnesota vs Northwestern Prediction College Basketball Picks 3/9/24

Northwestern (20-10) vs Minnesota (18-12)

Game Info: Saturday, March 9, 2024 at 9:00 pm (Welsh-Ryan Arena)

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The Minnesota Golden Gophers will travel to Evanston to meet the Northwestern Wildcats in Big Ten play this Saturday from the Welsh-Ryan Center on the Big Ten Network. Northwestern comes in as 4-point home favorites, with the total hovering 141.5. Stay tuned for our Minnesota vs Northwestern Prediction. 

Minnesota Golden Gophers Preview

Minnesota moved to 18-12 after losing to Indiana in Minneapolis, 70-58. The Gophers were outplayed in both halves by the Hoosiers, and they’ll try to respond here in Evanston. Minnesota is scoring 76.7 points per game, on 47.6% shooting, while allowing 66.8 ppg, and they’re currently 9th in the Big Ten with a 9-10 record in league play. The Golden Gophers are 5-5 over their last ten games, and they’re 2-7 on the road this season.  

Minnesota Team Profile 

  • Ben Johnson’s squad uses a savvy, pass-happy approach offensively, averaging 70.9 possessions per game (189th), and they’ve shot 35.6% from the outside.
  • Junior forward Dawson Garcia grabbed 12 boards in the loss to Indiana, and he leads Minnesota in scoring (17.2) and rebounding (6.6). 
  • Howard transfer Elijah Hawkins led the way with 24 points in the win over OSU, and he leads the nation in assists (7.6), while scoring 9.1 ppg.  
  • Freshman guard Cam Christie went for a season-high 23 points in the loss to Illinois, and he’s third on the Gophers at 11.7 ppg.  

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Northwestern Wildcats Preview

Northwestern enters at 20-10 after losing to Michigan State by four, 53-49. The Wildcats came up short in an offensive struggle with the Spartans, and they’ll seek better results here against the Gophers. Northwestern is scoring 73.6 points per game, on 45.7% shooting, while allowing 70.1 ppg, and they’re currently 4th in the Big Ten with a 11-8 record in league play. The Wildcats are 5-5 over their last ten games, and they’re 14-2 in Evanston this season. 

Northwestern Team Profile

  • Chris Collins’ squad plays methodically, averaging 66.8 possessions per game (339th), and they’ve connected on 37.5% of their treys. 
  • Veteran leader Boo Buie poured in a game-high 27 points in the Iowa victory, and he leads Northwestern in scoring (18.8) and assists (5.2).
  • Junior guard Brooks Barnhizer has grabbed ten boards or more in four of the last five games, and he leads the Wildcats in rebounding (7.3), while scoring 14.3 ppg.
  • Princeton transfer Ryan Langborg paced NW with 26 points in the road win over IU, and he’s third on the team at 12.3 ppg.  

Minnesota vs Northwestern Trends

  • Minnesota leads the current series, 88-46, but Colorado has won three of the last five meetings.  
  • MINN is 24-6 against the spread, with a 16-14 O/U record
  • NW is 17-12-1 ATS, with a 18-12 over/under record.

Minnesota vs Northwestern Prediction

Northwestern dropped the ball in a winnable matchup with Tom Izzo & Sparty, but they’ll enter a nice spot here on Senior night versus Minnesota. The Wildcats haven’t dropped three straight games yet this season, and I believe that trend will continue against a defensively-challenged Gophers squad.

Corey’s Pick Northwestern TO COVER

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