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Northwestern Wildcats face Michigan Wolverines: NCAA basketball odds preview and stats

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Jan 30, 6:30 PM | Crisler Arena

Northwestern Wildcats vs Michigan Wolverines Odds


Crisler Arena features an NCAA basketball betting clash between the host Michigan Wolverines and the visiting Northwestern Wildcats in college hoops action on Wednesday.

Michigan will face the 12-9 Wildcats, who own a 10-8 ATS mark on the season. In totals betting, the Wolverines are 10-9 favoring the UNDER so far this season while the Wildcats are 7-8 favoring the OVER.

View Northwestern vs Michigan Odds and Stats.

Betting Line:
If you were backing the visitors in this one, the Wildcats were listed as 19.5-point underdogs earlier in the day at Bovada.

Power Rankings / Prediction:
The Wolverines sit at No. 15 in the current college hoops power poll here at Odds Shark, while the Wildcats sit at No. 162 on the same chart. The computers running our scores simulations have concluded that the Wolverines will win this game 85-69.

How They Match Up:
Scoring and defensive stats point to some edges in this matchup. The game features Michigan's No. 12-ranked scoring average of 78.5 PPG, against a Wildcats defense rated No. 64 and allowing 61.5 PPG. The Wolverines FG% has averaged 51% to date this season, more than the Wildcats shooters have managed so far (41.6% per game).

Defensively, Northwestern features the nation's No. 40-rated defense on the road, allowing 62.2 points per game. Michigan, meanwhile, comes in at No. 33 nationally in scoring at home.

Last time out for Northwestern, they were a 64-49 loser as they battled Nebraska on the road. They failed to cover in the match as a 1.5-point favorite. The Wildcats endured a 64-49 loss at the hands of the Cornhuskers on Saturday, despite a 21-point effort from Dave Sobolewski at Bob Devaney Sports Center.

In their last action, Michigan was a 74-60 winner on the road against Illinois. They covered the 5.5-point spread as favorites. Michigan got 19 points from Trey Burke en route to a 74-60 victory over Illinois on Sunday at University of Illinois Assembly Hall.

Northwestern Wildcats Trends:
When playing on Wednesday are 5-5
Before playing Purdue are 5-5
After playing Nebraska are 1-1
After a loss are 8-2

Michigan Wolverines Trends:
When playing on Wednesday are 5-5
Before playing Indiana are 4-6
After playing Illinois are 5-5
After a win are 9-1

A few Wildcats at Wolverines trends to consider:
The total has gone UNDER in 5 of Northwestern's last 7 games on the road
The total has gone UNDER in 4 of Northwestern's last 6 games when playing on the road against Michigan
Northwestern is 2-6 SU in its last 8 games when playing on the road against Michigan
Michigan is 5-0 SU in its last 5 games at home
Michigan is 19-1 SU in its last 20 games
The total has gone UNDER in 4 of Michigan's last 5 games
Michigan is 4-1 SU in its last 5 games when playing Northwestern

Next up:
Northwestern home to Purdue, Saturday, February 2
Michigan at Indiana, Saturday, February 2