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Northwestern Wildcats vs Indiana Hoosiers Point Spread: Betting Preview Hints At Winner

Indiana HoosiersNorthwestern Wildcats
Jan 20, 1:00 PM | Welsh-Ryan Arena

Indiana Hoosiers vs Northwestern Wildcats Odds

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The college hoops wagering menu features a clash between Northwestern and Indiana on Sunday, with the host Wildcats trying to win and cover the NCAA basketball point spread.

This season, the Wildcats are 11-7 overall and 8-7 ATS ATS, while the Hoosiers are 15-2 and 9-6 ATS against the number. As for the totals, Northwestern boasts a 7-5 on the OU, and Indiana is 6-6-1.

View Indiana vs Northwestern Odds and Stats.

Betting Line:
Sportsbooks (including Bovada) had the Wildcats installed as 12-point underdogs in this particular matchup earlier in the day. Also, watch for the opening over-under value at TopBet.

Power Rankings / Prediction:
The Wildcats sit at No. 175 in the current college hoops power poll here at Odds Shark, while the Hoosiers sit at No. 1 on the same chart. The computers running our scores simulations have concluded that the Hoosiers will win this game 93-73.

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How They Match Up:
Scoring and defensive stats point to some edges in this matchup. The game features Northwestern's No. 221-ranked scoring average of 65.9 PPG, against a Hoosiers defense rated No. 55 and allowing 60.6 PPG. The Wildcats FG% has averaged 42.2% to date this season, less than the Hoosiers shooters have managed so far (50.3% per game).

Defensively, Indiana features the nation's No. 155-rated defense on the road, allowing 69 points per game. Northwestern, meanwhile, comes in at No. 280 nationally in scoring at home.

Indiana was a 64-59 loser in its last match at home against Wisconsin. They failed to cover the 10.5-point spread as favorites. Indiana got 23 points and 10 rebounds from Cody Zeller in a losing cause in their 64-59 loss to Wisconsin on Tuesday.

Northwestern was a 68-54 winner in their most recent outing on the road against Illinois. They covered the 10-point spread as underdogs. Northwestern got 20 points from Reggie Hearn en route to a 68-54 victory over Illinois on Thursday at University of Illinois Assembly Hall.

Indiana Hoosiers Trends:
When playing on Sunday are 7-3
Before playing Penn State are 4-6
After playing Wisconsin are 4-6
After a loss are 7-3

Northwestern Wildcats Trends:
When playing on Sunday are 8-2
Before playing Minnesota are 3-7
After playing Illinois are 5-5
After a win are 5-5

A few Hoosiers at Wildcats trends to consider:
The total has gone OVER in 6 of Indiana's last 7 games when playing on the road against Northwestern
The total has gone OVER in 4 of Indiana's last 6 games on the road
Indiana is 2-4 ATS in its last 6 games on the road
Indiana is 8-17 SU in its last 25 games on the road
The total has gone OVER in 6 of Northwestern's last 7 games when playing at home against Indiana
Northwestern is 4-1 SU in its last 5 games when playing at home against Indiana
The total has gone OVER in 11 of Northwestern's last 14 games when playing Indiana
Northwestern is 6-2 SU in its last 8 games when playing Indiana

Next up:
Indiana home to Penn State, Wednesday, January 23
Northwestern home to Minnesota, Wednesday, January 23