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The Wildcats (17-4, 6-2 Big Ten) and Hoosiers (14-7, 4-4 Big Ten) do battle.

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It's Northwestern and Indiana in a crucial Big Ten matchup at the halfway mark of the conference slate.

The host Wildcats come into the matchup riding a five-game winning streak, a streak that has included the program's first win at Ohio State since 1977 as well as a 35-point throttling of Iowa in Evanston. The Wildcats currently sit one game behind Maryland and Wisconsin for first place in the Big Ten.

The Hoosiers, meanwhile, have had some tough luck on the injury front: OG Anunoby is out for the season after suffering a knee injury a week and a half ago against Penn State, and the program just announced yesterday that leading scorer James Blackmon Jr. is also out with an indefinite timetable for his return. The Hoosiers are coming off a 30-point loss to Michigan.

This is a crucial matchup for both teams: Northwestern seeks to boost its resume with a quality win over a conference blue blood while Indiana looks to stay afloat sans its top offensive weapon.

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