The final hurdle to clear for no. 14 Northwestern to capture its first Big Ten title since 1990 is here. Only a date with lowly Illinois remains after Tuesday night’s clash with pesky Ohio State. If the Wildcats can win out, they will guarantee themselves at least a share of the regular season conference title.
Last week, NU racked up two wins and multiple awards. Junior guard Lindsey Pulliam was named both the Big Ten Player of the Week and ESPNW National Player of the Week after two stellar shooting performances against Rutgers and Wisconsin. Similarly, Joe McKeown’s Wildcats earned NCAA.com Team of the Week honors on Tuesday.
A win against the Buckeyes would tie the program record for wins in a season with 25. OSU ranks 21st in RPI and has won its last three at home. Here’s how to follow tonight’s matchup:
Location: Value City Arena (Columbus, Ohio)
Tipoff: 5 p.m. CT
TV: BTN (!)
Radio: WNUR Sports 89.3 FM (available online at WNURSports.com)
Online streaming: BTN+ (BTNPlus.com)
Prediction: Northwestern 70, Ohio State 64 (ELO) or Northwestern 69, Ohio State 65 (R1) per warrennolan.com (63% chance of win for R1, 64% for ELO)