Free NCAA Hoops Pick: Golden Gophers vs. Wildcats CBB Odds
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2021 NCAA Basketball Handicapping
Big 10 Tournament
(13-14) Minnesota Golden Gophers vs. Northwestern Wildcats (9-14)
Date: Wednesday March 10th, 2021
Time: 6:30 PM ET
Venue: Lucas Oil Stadium, Indianapolis
CBB Moneyline Odds: OFF
CBB Betting Odds: Northwestern -1
CBB Betting Total: OFF
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No. 13 Minnesota will face off against 12 seed Northwestern in a first-round Big Ten Tournament matchup from Indianapolis in the Big 10 Tournament. The winner will face No. 5 Ohio State on Thursday.
These teams last met on Feb. 25 with the Wildcats winning 67-59 on the road.
Minnesota Golden Gophers
Minnesota has been in an absolute freefall of late. The Golden Gophers have lost seven consecutive games and have gone from a bubble team to needing to win the Big Ten Tournament to reach the NCAA Tournament.
Some of the losing could be attributed to injuries as 7-0 center Liam Robbins (11.7ppg, 2.7bpg, 6.6rpg), who has been out since Feb. 20 and will more than likely not see the floor again this season. . Forward Brandon Johnson (6-8, 220), who averages 9.1ppg and 6.1 rebounds is considered questionable. He is coming off a game against Rutgers where he scored 19 points and grabbed 11 boards. The Gophers made a valiant comeback in that game but they got outscored 14-7 in overtime. Minnesota shot just 31 percent from the field in that game.
Marcus Carr leads Minnesota in scoring with 19.6 points per game on 39.2% shooting (32.4% 3pt) with 4.9 assists per game. The Golden Gophers average 73.2 points per game on 39.4% shooting (333rd) and 28.6% (341st) from long range. Their shooting has plagued them all season.
The Wildcats have won three straight games (after losing 13 straight) and they are playing some of their best basketball of the season after defeating Minnesota, Maryland at home (60-55) and Nebraska (79-78) at home on March 7. Northwestern shot the ball well in their last game against Nebraska, shooting 53 percent from the field and 44 percent from deep.
Northwestern is a balanced team in terms of offense. Guard Chase Audige (12.6ppg, 34.2% 3pt) is one of those players as is 6-10 forward Pete Nance (11.3ppg, 6.6rpg). Overall, the Wildcats are averaging 71.3 points per game on 43.9 percent shooting and 35.6 percent from beyond the arc. They allow 70.9 points per game on 43.1 percent shooting. Northwestern ranks 69th overall on KenPom, 106th in Adjusted Offensive Efficiency and 44th in Adjusted Defensive Efficiency.
CBB Betting Trends:
Wildcats are 3-7-1 ATS in their last 11 Wednesday games.
Wildcats are 4-13 ATS in their last 17 games vs. a team with a losing straight up record.
Wildcats are 2-8 ATS in their last 10 games as a favorite.
Over is 4-0 in Golden Gophers last 4 games as an underdog.
Over is 7-1 in Golden Gophers last 8 games following a ATS loss.
Over is 5-1 in Golden Gophers last 6 overall.
Over is 5-1 in Golden Gophers last 6 games following a straight up loss.
Free Minnesota Golden Gophers vs. Northwestern Wildcats NCAAB Prediction:
Minnesota has been in a tailspin, but I still believe that they are the better team in this spot and that they will come away with a small victory. Minnesota should be able to crash the offensive glass and get to the line enough to squeeze out the victory.
4* Free CBB Betting Pick: Minnesota +1
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