Minnesota and Northwestern basketball will meet in a Big Ten game Wednesday, Jan. 10, 2018. Find the game time, live stream link, TV channel and preview information below.
At 13-4, the Golden Gophers are off to a strong 2017-18 campaign and come into the game having lost their last contest to Indiana on Saturday 75-71. They had been on a five-game win streak beforehand.
Minnesota-Northwestern basketball: Game time, TV channel, online stream
Game time: 9:00 p.m. ET
Location: Rosemont, Illinois
TV channel: Big Ten Network
Live stream link: BTN2Go.com
Minnesota-Northwestern basketball preview
After opening their season 7-0, the Gophers hit a rough stretch at the end of November into December, falling to Miami, Nebraska and Arkansas in a four-game stretch from with the only win coming against Rutgers.
Since then though, they dispatched four straight non-conference opponents at home then took down Illinois before falling to the Hoosiers over the weekend.
The Gophers are led offensively by four players in double digits but nobody has performed better than Jordan Murphy, who’s averaging 18.9 points per game.
Behind him is Nate Mason (16.0), Amir Coffey (14.1) and Reggie Lynch (10.1).
Both Mason and Coffey are having strong seasons in terms of assists with 73 and 56, respectively. Murphy is leading the team in rebounds with 12.7 per game and has 22 blocks, though Lynch leads that category with 66.
Freshman Isaiah Washington has been a spark plug for the team off the bench with 38 assists and also averages 7.4 points per game, while Dupree McBrayer has 9.6 points per game and 39 assists.
The Wildcats have lost three of their last four, opening the full Big Ten slate with losses to Nebraska and Penn State last weekend.
They match the Gophers with four scorers in double digits led by Scottie Lindsey, who puts up 14.2 points per game. Behind him is Bryant McIntosh, who’s missed a game due to injury, but has 13.6 points per game.
Vic Law (12.7) and Derek Pardon (12) are the other scorers in double digits.
McIntosh far and away leads the team with 86 assists to Lindsey’s 33 behind him, while Pardon and Law lead in boards with 6.7 and 5.3 per game, respectively.
Defensively, Pardon leads with 26 blocks and Law and Gavin Skelly have 16 steals apiece.
In the matchup, the Gophers hold the lead in scoring, averaging 82.6 points per game to the Wildcats 74.4, but the Wildcats outshine them defensively, holding opponents to 67.6 points per game while the Gophers allow 70.6.
The Wildcats turn the ball over 12 times per game and force 14.9 from opponents, while the Gophers give it up 11.7 times and force 12.8 from opponents.