Northwestern at Minnesota
When: 9:00 PM ET, Tuesday, January 23, 2018
Where: Williams Arena, Minneapolis, Minnesota
Northwestern looks to beat Minnesota for the second time in less than two weeks when it travels to Minneapolis on Tuesday. The Wildcats have dropped two of their last three games since downing the Gophers 83-60 on Jan. 10, but are coming off a 70-61 win against Penn State on Saturday, and hope to climb back towards .500 in Big Ten play by notching back-to-back victories for the first time since mid-December.
Northwestern has lost five of its six road games this season, including three straight contests by an average margin of 20.3 points and hopes to turn its fortunes around by notching its first win outside of the state of Illinois since Nov. 18. Minnesota looks to salvage a season which is quickly slipping away following a 67-49 setback to No. 13 Ohio State as part of the Big Ten's Super Saturday in New York City. The Gophers, who were ranked as high as 12th nationally in late November, have lost five of their last six games to fall out of the NCAA Tournament picture, and they hope to rediscover their shooting touch after being held below 50 points twice in their last two contests. "We're not hitting shots," Minnesota guard Dupree McBrayer told reporters. "We have to stay confident as I think we're losing confidence a bit."TV:
9 p.m. ET, BTNABOUT NORTHWESTERN (12-9, 3-5 Big Ten):
Vic Law led the way with 18 points to go along with five rebounds as the Wildcats closed out the game with a 15-2 run to avoid another loss to Penn State following a 78-63 setback on Jan. 5. Scottie Lindsey added 13 points and five rebounds while Dererk Pardon scored 12 points to finish in double figures for the first time in three games. "The thing is I love this group of guys," Northwestern coach Chris Collins told reporters. "I want them in these last 10 games to just play and don't put any undue pressure on themselves."ABOUT MINNESOTA (14-8, 3-6):
Jordan Murphy continued his stellar junior campaign as he scored a team-high 13 points to go along with five rebounds and two steals in the loss to Ohio State. Amir Coffey added 11 points against the Buckeyes after missing the previous five games with a shoulder injury while Nate Mason narrowly missed a double-double as he finished with 11 points and nine rebounds. McBrayer, who is a native of Queens, N.Y., registered 10 points and five rebounds in his first collegiate game at Madison Square Garden.TIP-INS
1. Northwestern has won four of the last five meetings with Minnesota.
2. Murphy leads the nation with 19 double-doubles.
3. Lindsey is 13-of-44 from the floor over his last three games.PREDICTION:
Minnesota 71, Northwestern 69
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