Minnesota Golden Gophers at Northwestern Wildcats – NCAAM March 10

6:30 p.m. ET – Minnesota vs Northwestern (-1½) O/U: 139½

Teams Spread Money Line Total Points
Minnesota +1½ (-110) -105 O 139½ (-110)
Northwestern -1½ (-110) -115 U 139½ (-110)

The No. 13-seeded Golden Gophers (13-14) are set to do battle with the 9-14 Wildcats, seeded 12th, on Wednesday night in Indianapolis for the first round of the Big Ten tournament. Minnesota lost seven in a row to close out the regular season, most recently losing 77-70 to Rutgers at home in overtime. Once 13-7, there was a time when the Gophers appeared to be a lock for the NCAA tournament before the wheels fell off in mid-February. Northwestern finished its regular season with three straight wins, including a 79-78 win over Nebraska at home on Senior Night.

Minnesota Golden Gophers LogoThese two teams met on Feb. 25 in Minnesota, where the Wildcats picked up a 67-59 victory. Guard Marcus Carr leads the Gophers with 19.6 points per game, good enough for third in the Big Ten this season. Carr had 21 points and seven assists in the first matchup against Northwestern.

Northwestern Wildcats LogoGuard Chase Audige leads Northwestern in scoring with the modest average of 12.6 points per game this season. Audige scored only four points in the previous matchup on 2-of-8 shooting from the field while committing seven turnovers. The Wildcats’ key to victory was on the defensive end, holding Minnesota to 14-percent shooting from 3-point range.

Northwestern also shot 17 more free throws than the Gophers in that cones, allowing them to pull off the road upset. Minnesota is 0-10 in games played away from home this season, covering the spread in only one of those 10 contests. The Gophers were unable to defeat this same Northwestern team at home this season, where they boasted a 13-4.

Please Note:
The Wildcats’ best player underperformed greatly in that late-season matchup, while Marcus Carr had a big game for Minnesota in the loss. A once-promising season for the Gophers went up in flames a couple of weeks ago and the seven straight losses show the team is unable to stop the seemingly unending downward spiral. There is no reason to think Minnesota is going to find a way to turn this thing around on Wednesday night if they could not beat lowly Nebraska last week.

Take the Wildcats to put the Golden Gophers out of their misery and put an end to their wrong-way season.

The Bets
Northwestern -1½

*Odds courtesy of MyBookie

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