Northwestern (13-2, 1-1 Big Ten) goes into tonight's game at Welsh-Ryan Arena looking to end its 10-game losing streak against Ohio State (10-5, 2-0).
Northwestern has been playing well of late, having won 10 straight before stumbling against No. 4 Maryland, a potential Final Four team, but will not have center Alex Olah available as the Romanian continues to recover from a stress fracture in his foot. Ohio State has also been playing well, having won six straight and eight of nine, including an impressive victory over then-No. 4 Kentucky. However, they struggled on Sunday to put away a middling Illinois team, so this should be a close contest.
It has been a long time since Northwestern has prevailed over Ohio State. Coach Chris Collins has never beaten them. You have to go all the way back to John Shurna's buzzer-beating three pointer in the Spring of 2009 to find a victory. It feels like that could change with this game. Vegas certainly thinks so.
Game Time: 8 p.m. CT
Mobile: BTN2Go App
Radio: ESPN 1000, WNUR 89.3
Betting Line: Northwestern -2 (opened at Northwestern -4.5)
KenPom projection: Northwestern 67-63, 68% win probability