Fresh off the news that star guard James Blackmon, Jr. will be out indefinitely with a leg injury, the Indiana Hoosiers (14-7, 4-4 Big Ten) come to Evanston to take on the Northwestern Wildcats (17-4, 6-2 Big Ten) in an absolutely crucial conference matchup for the hosts.
The Hoosiers aren’t missing just Blackmon Jr., but also OG Anunoby, who suffered a season-ending injury a week and a half ago. Still, the visitors have plenty of talent with big man Thomas Bryant, guard Robert Johnson and forward Juwan Morgan. The Hoosiers annihilated Northwestern 89-57 last year in Bloomington, but none of the players who scored in double figures for Indiana that game will be playing this time around: Yogi Ferrell and Max Bielfeldt have graduated and Collin Hartman is injured.
This is a much different Northwestern team, too, led by athletic wings Vic Law Jr. and Scottie Lindsey. Additionally, the Wildcats feature a much-improved Dererk Pardon — who is coming off a 19-point, 22-rebound performance against Nebraska — on the inside. His matchup with Bryant will be a fun one to watch.
Here’s how you can watch the matchup:
Game time: 5:30 p.m. CT
TV Channel: BTN
Online streaming: BTN2Go
Mobile: BTN2Go app
Radio: WGN 720, WNUR 89.3, Sirius 145, XM 195
Betting line: Northwestern -6.5