Northwestern is on the verge of history. And for the first time in a while, it's positive history, not negative history. After enduring a 10-game losing streak that brought back memories of the Kevin O'Neil days, NU is now one win away from its longest conference winning streak since the 1960s. The coach then? Why, of course... Larry Glass.
Ever since the thrilling win over Iowa, Northwestern has been a different team on both sides of the ball. On defense, the definitive factor has been the new 2-3 zone that Chris Collins debuted against Wisconsin. It's helped Alex Olah a ton, and has allowed him to be a presence in the paint. On offense, Vic Law exploded last week against Minnesota and Penn State, and has added another dimension to NU's attack.
However, Indiana is a different proposition for Northwestern. The Hoosiers are one of the best offensive teams in the nation, and in Yogi Ferrell and James Blackmon, have arguably college basketball's best backcourt duo. Furthermore...
Been a lot of talk about NW's zone in 3 games. Of note: #iubb has the fourth most efficient zone offense in the country, per Synergy Sports.— Alex Bozich (@insidethehall) February 25, 2015
Collins discussed the matchup with Indiana in more detail Tuesday before practice.
So can Northwestern get a fourth win in a row? Here's how to watch:
Time: 6 p.m. CT
TV: Big Ten Network
Radio: 720 WGN, 89.3 WNUR
Line: Indiana opened as a 2.5-point favorite, and despite some half-point fluctuation, it remains at 2.5.
KenPom: Pomeroy has Indiana as a 56 percent favorite, and has the Hoosiers winning 72-70.
Key Stat: See Alex Bozich's tweet above
Preview: The guys over at Crimson Quarry, Indiana's SB Nation site, did a pretty in-depth preview of the game. Also, our Zach Pereles did a Q&A with them to give the Northwestern perspective.
Be sure to get yourselves back here at game time to follow along with us on our gamethread.