The Northwestern Wildcats (6-2) return from a week of final exams to take on the New Orleans Privateers (4-3) on Sunday night at Welsh-Ryan Arena.
The hosts hope to continue their impressive start as non-conference play begins to wind down, and they shouldn’t have too much trouble with their opponents out of the Southland Conference. Mark Slessinger’s team is ranked 247th in Kenpom and two of its four wins have come against non-D1 programs. The Privateers do have one Power 5 win this season, but it’s against Washington St., by far the worst team in the Pac 12 per Kenpom.
Erik Thomas, a 6-foot-5, 215-pound senior, leads the Privateers with 21.0 points per game as well as 7.4 rebounds per game. Christavious Gill, at just 5-foot-8 and 165 pounds, is the only other Privateer averagig double figures at 14.4 points per contest. The Privateers hit the offensive boards hard and shoot it well from the charity stripe, but are not efficient at either end of the floor.
For Northwestern, this should be a straightforward game ad a nice welcome back from over a week off due to exams. The hosts will hope to see continued development out of Barret Benson and knock down shots from the outside.
Game time: 6 p.m.
TV Channel: Big Ten Network
Online streaming: Btn2go
Radio: ESPN 1000
Betting line: Northwestern -20