Northwestern (15-5, 3-4 Big Ten) heads to Bloomington on Saturday afternoon to take on No. 25 Indiana (16-3, 6-1) at Assembly Hall as the Wildcats try to end a two-game skid while the Hoosiers look to win their 12th consecutive game.
The Wildcats are coming off a tough, 62-56 overtime loss on the road against Maryland on Tuesday night while Indiana, which hasn't lost since December 2nd at Duke, crushed Illinois 103-69 in the Hoosiers' previous game earlier in the week.
But, with the loss to Penn State last weekend, today's game has become so much more important for Northwestern, which needs a signature Big Ten win and could get that against ranked Indiana. With tough games against Iowa and Michigan State on the horizon, the Wildcats would love to get back to .500 in conference play before two potential losses.
In our preview of the game, Chris Collins mentions how strong the Hoosiers are on offense both as compared to other Big Ten teams but also the entire country as well. Indiana, per KenPom, is second nationally in effective field goal percentage and is among the best teams in Division 1 in both two-and three-point percentage. Tom Crean's team boasts a lineup, even with James Blackmon Jr. (season-ending knee injury) that will be one of the most efficient Northwestern faces this season.
However, Indiana commits a lot of turnovers so if the Wildcats are able to force the Hoosiers to make some mistakes, and capitalize off those mistakes, as well as make some threes of their own, Northwestern should have a chance for a fairly sizable upset.
Game Time: 11 a.m. CT
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Radio: WGN 720 AM, Sirius 195
Betting Line: Indiana -8.5
Kenpom: Indiana, 75-66, 82 percent