CBB Betting – Northwestern to help its NCAA hopes vs. Minnesota on Thursday
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When you log on to Bookmaker Sportsbook on Thursday, look for Northwestern to help its NCAA hopes vs. Minnesota on the CBB betting odds. Wager on all March Madness games at the top ranked sportsbook in the industry right now!
The Northwestern Wildcats (18-12, 13-11-1 ATS) are the only major conference school to have never been to the NCAA Tournament in CBB betting, but they could start correcting that vs. the Minnesota Golden Gophers (18-13, 14-13-1 ATS) in the opening round of the Big Ten Tournament at Bankers Life Fieldhouse in Indianapolis, IN on Thursday, Match 8th at 5:30 ET on ESPN2.
The Wildcats are currently on the bubble as far as the Big Dance goes, but one win in this tournament might be enough to finally get them in while two wins would almost certainly do the trick; especially considering the Big Ten is the top ranked conference in the country according to the Pomeroy Ratings.
Northwestern is certainly catching a struggling opponent in the first round as Minnesota’s win vs. a bad Nebraska team in the regular season finale snapped a six-game losing streak. In fact, the Golden Gophers ended the season by going 3-8 SU in its last 11 games while only beating a Nebraska team that finished last in the Big Ten twice and an Illinois team that finished up on a 2-11 SU run itself.
Current Line at Bookmaker: Northwestern (-2½), Total 130
Northwestern is doing its best to earn that first NCAA bid, as in the last five games, the Wildcats are 3-2 SU while losing to Ohio State by two points and to Michigan in overtime. They might already be off the bubble had they been able to finish the job in one of those two losses, but to their credit, the Cats did win on the road at Iowa on the CBB betting odds in the season finale following the tough loss to Ohio State.
Now the Wildcats still play at the same deliberate pace that they always have, ranking 293rd in the country with a tempo rating of 63.4 possessions per game, but they rank an amazing 15th in offensive efficiency and 17th in effective filed goal percentage while handling the ball exceptionally well, ranking ninth in turnover percentage.
These teams ended up splitting their two regular season meetings with the home team winning by double-digits on each occasion, but this game is at a neutral site in Indianapolis and Northwestern was the better of these two teams away from home this season, in fact breaking even at 7-7 SU while Minnesota went 5-7 SU. As mentioned, the Wildcats are also in the better current form.
This is not to say that Minnesota is not a dangerous team here, as the Golden Gophers are definitely capable of winning this CBB betting odds match-up if they can return to the fine form they displayed earlier this season.
The Gophers were sitting with a 15-5 record after beating these Wildcats emphatically 75-52 at Minneapolis on January 22, but that was immediately followed by the season ending 3-8 stretch that included a 64-53 loss at Northwestern.
We will go with the team in the better current form here and look for the Wildcats to advance to the quarterfinals of the Big Ten Tournament.
CBB Betting Pick: Take the Northwestern Wildcats (-2½) Thursday
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