A lot has changed since Northwestern (20-8 overall, 9-6 Big Ten) and Indiana (15-13, 5-10) last met on January 29. The Wildcats have 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 was the last time 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.
As for Indiana, 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.
Tipoff is set for 7:00 pm CST on BTN, so catch the game there and follow along with us below.