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Northwestern @ Minnesota

Current Records: Northwestern 12-12; Minnesota 12-12

What to Know

After two games on the road, the Minnesota Golden Gophers are heading back home. The Golden Gophers and the Northwestern Wildcats will face off in a Big Ten battle at 4 p.m. ET Saturday at Williams Arena. The teams split their matchups last year, with Northwestern winning the first 67-59 and Minnesota taking the second 51-46.

A win for Minnesota just wasn't in the stars on Thursday as the team never even grasped a temporary lead. They suffered a grim 67-46 defeat to the Penn State Nittany Lions. The top scorer for Minnesota was forward Jamison Battle (16 points).

Meanwhile, Northwestern was within striking distance but couldn't close the gap on Wednesday as they fell 70-64 to the Purdue Boilermakers.

The Golden Gophers are expected to lose this next one by 4.5. Their home court has been no bettor's paradise, as they've failed to beat the spread in eight of their 12 home games.

Minnesota didn't have too much breathing room in their game with the Wildcats when the two teams previously met in March of last year, but they still walked away with a 51-46 victory. Minnesota's win shoved Northwestern out of the playoffs, so they have a target on their back.

How To Watch

  • When: Saturday at 4 p.m. ET
  • Where: Williams Arena -- Minneapolis, Minnesota
  • TV: Big Ten Network
  • Follow: CBS Sports App
  • Ticket Cost: $10.00


The Wildcats are a 4.5-point favorite against the Golden Gophers, according to the latest college basketball odds.

The line has drifted a bit towards the Wildcats, as the game opened with the Wildcats as a 2-point favorite.

Over/Under: -109

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Series History

Minnesota have won six out of their last 11 games against Northwestern.

  • Mar 10, 2021 - Minnesota 51 vs. Northwestern 46
  • Feb 25, 2021 - Northwestern 67 vs. Minnesota 59
  • Mar 11, 2020 - Minnesota 74 vs. Northwestern 57
  • Feb 23, 2020 - Minnesota 83 vs. Northwestern 57
  • Jan 05, 2020 - Minnesota 77 vs. Northwestern 68
  • Feb 28, 2019 - Minnesota 62 vs. Northwestern 50
  • Jan 23, 2018 - Northwestern 77 vs. Minnesota 69
  • Jan 10, 2018 - Northwestern 83 vs. Minnesota 60
  • Jan 05, 2017 - Minnesota 70 vs. Northwestern 66
  • Feb 04, 2016 - Northwestern 82 vs. Minnesota 58
  • Jan 09, 2016 - Northwestern 77 vs. Minnesota 52

Injury Report for Minnesota

  • Eric Curry: Game-Time Decision (Illness)
  • Parker Fox: Game-Time Decision (Knee)
  • Payton Willis: Out (Not Injury Related)
  • Isaiah Ihnen: Out for the Season (Knee)

Injury Report for Northwestern

No Injury Information