Planning on watching today's Wildcats and Golden Gophers game? Catch the action at Williams Arena in Minneapolis, MN, as the Golden Gophers hosts this showdown at 2:00 ET on BTN. This Big Ten conference matchup has an over/under of 139 points, and Minnesota is favored to win by -1 at home vs. Northwestern.

NORTHWESTERN WILDCATS VS MINNESOTA GOLDEN GOPHERS BETTING PICK

The Pick: Minnesota Golden Gophers -1

This game will be played at Williams Arena at 2:00 ET on Saturday, February 3rd.

WHY BET THE MINNESOTA GOLDEN GOPHERS:

  • We have this one finishing with a projected score of 76-68 in favor of the Golden Gophers.
  • Not only will Minnesota pick up the win, but look for them to cover at -1.
  • The over/under is currently sitting at 139 points, and we like the over with a projected 144 points.

Do the Wildcats Have What it Takes on the Road?

Northwestern comes into this game as the underdog, which is a role they have played seven times this season. Their record as the underdog is 3-4. On the road, the Wildcats have gone 2-4 this season, and they have lost their last two road games.

Overall, Northwestern has a record of 15-6, and they have won two straight games. In their last game, they defeated Ohio State by a score of 83-58.

Northwestern's ATS record this season is 9-9-2, including a 1-4-1 mark on the road. As the underdog, the Wildcats are 3-4 vs. the spread. Over their last 10 games as the underdog, Northwestern is 6-4 ATS.

Northwestern's over/under record for the season is 13-7 and their games have averaged 142.6 points. Today's over/under line of 139 is lower than the average OU line in their games (136.7). Over their last three games, the average scoring total is 175 points and their OU record over their last 10 games is 9-1.

Northwestern recently showcased a strong offensive performance, scoring 83 points against Ohio State. This output exceeded their season average of 75.4 points per game. Boo Buie led the scoring for the Wildcats, contributing 19 points. Additionally, Ryan Langborg chipped in with 14 points.

At present, the Wildcats' defense is nationally ranked 121st, allowing 69.9 points per game. Northwestern's three-point defense is currently 142nd in the country at 7.2 made threes per game. In terms of overall field goal percentage, opponets have hit 45.0% of their shots vs. Northwestern.

Will the Golden Gophers Defense Show Up at Home?

Minnesota enters this game as a slight favorite, as they have been favored in 11 of their 20 games this season, going 10-1 in those games. At home, the Golden Gophers have been dominant, going 11-3 with an average scoring margin of +14.6 points per game.

After defeating Penn State 83-74 in their most recent game, Minnesota's record now stands at 13-7 overall and 4-5 in Big Ten play. Over their last 10 games at home, the Golden Gophers have gone 8-2.

Minnesota has been one of the best teams in the country against the spread this season, going 15-4-1. At home, they have an ATS mark of 11-2-1. Over their last 10 games as the favorite, the Golden Gophers have an impressive ATS record of 8-1-1.

This season, the over/under record in Minnesota's games is 10-10. Today's over/under line of 139 is lower than the average over/under line in their games this year (143.8). Over their last three games, the average scoring total is 139 points.

Minnesota's offense had a good outing, putting up 83 points against Penn State. They achieved a 53.8% field goal percentage and went 23/26 from the free-throw line. Dawson Garcia is currently the leading scorer for the team, entering today's matchup with an average of 17.5. Meanwhile, Joshua Ola-Joseph also brings a PPG average of 10.3 into the game.

At this time, the Golden Gophers' defense is positioned 91st in the country, permitting 68.3 points per game. In their previous game vs. Penn State, the Nittany Lions finished with a field goal percentage of 45% and a total of 74 points vs. Minnesota.