8 p.m. at Welsh-Ryan Arena • ESPNU, 1500-AM
Preview: The Gophers (13-2, 1-1) are coming off arguably their biggest victory in fourth-year coach Richard Pitino’s tenure after Sunday’s 91-82 overtime victory at then-No. 15 Purdue. It was Minnesota’s first win in West Lafayette, Ind., since 2005. The Gophers last won in Evanston, Ill., in 2013-14, but that was their only victory in the past six meetings with Northwestern, including three consecutive losses. The Wildcats (12-3, 1-1) are hoping this is the season they can make the NCAA tournament for the first time in school history. Fourth-year coach Chris Collins won 20 games last season, but Northwestern is even more talented with wings Scottie Lindsey and Vic Law averaging a combined 29.4 points per game.
Players to watch: Junior Nate Mason’s 31-point, 11-assist game Sunday at Purdue was the first 30-point, 10-assist performance in Gophers history and the first on the road in the Big Ten in the past 20 years. Mason ranks second in the Big Ten with 5.8 assists per game. Northwestern has a standout point guard of its own in junior Bryant McIntosh, who set a school single-season record with 213 assists last season. McIntosh had 11 assists in a 77-52 win at Minnesota and 20 points in an 82-58 win against the Gophers in Evanston, Ill., last year.
Numbers: Last season’s 25-point loss against Northwestern at Williams Arena was the Gophers’ worst home loss in the series history.