A lot has changed since Northwestern (20-8, 9-6 B1G) and Indiana (15-13, 5-10 B1G) last played on January 29. Northwestern has gone 2-4 since its 68-55 win over the Hoosiers in Evanston, including a road win over a then-Top 10 Wisconsin team and two losses to in-state rival Illinois.
That January 29 game was the last game Scottie Lindsey played before missing the next four games due to illness, and he’s still working his way back to full health now. Lindsey has—unsurprisingly—struggled in his return to the game action, going 3-of-19 from the field in two games against Rutgers and Illinois.
At the heart of Northwestern’s struggles is its offense. The Northwestern offense hasn’t reached the 70 point mark in its last seven games, and an incredible burden has been on Bryant McIntosh’s shoulders as a result. Because of their recent struggles, the Wildcats find themselves needing wins in any way they can get them in the final stretch of the season.
On the Indiana side, a promising start to the season has turned into a full-on nosedive as of late.
The Hoosiers head into Saturday night’s matchup having lost five straight games, and the situation is a mess. Head coach Tom Crean has publicly called out players, and some have speculated that he is coaching for his job right now.
But despite its mishaps as of late, Indiana still has top-tier talent on its team.
The Hoosiers will have star guard James Blackmon Jr. available for Saturday’s game, which wasn’t the case the last time they played Northwestern. Blackmon Jr. is the fifth leading scorer in the conference at 17 points per game, and will be a tough cover for the Wildcats.
Plus, Indiana also still has Thomas Bryant, one of the best post-players in the Big Ten. Bryant posted 23 points and 12 rebounds the last time these teams played, and forced Dererk Pardon into foul trouble early on.
The Wildcats lost 89-57 last season when they traveled to Bloomington.
Game time: 7:00 p.m. CT
TV Channel: BTN
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Betting line: Indiana -3.5