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Northwestern vs Washington State NIT Battle

Northwestern WildcatsWashington State Cougars
March 23, 9:00 PM | Friel Court

Northwestern Wildcats vs Washington State Cougars Odds

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The NIT moves into crunch time with No. 4 seed Northwestern facing No. 2 Washington State with a trip to MSG and the semifinals on the line.

Watch for opening odds on this match while sportsbooks digest last night's Wildcat upsets of Boston College and the Cougars win over Oklahoma State.

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Power Rankings / Prediction:
This game matches up the No. 61 (Cougars) and the No. 217 (Wildcats) teams in the league, according to our current NCAAB power rank. A 77-74 result in favor of the Cougars has been projected by the scores prediction engine.

How They Match Up:
When it comes to rebounds, the visiting Wildcats rank No. 330 in NCAA Division 1 with 29.8 per game. That compares with Washington State’s No. 182 ranking in that category. The story is different when it comes to three-point shooting where Washington State is college basketball's No. 83-ranked team at 7.2 per game, while the Wildcats rate No. 2 with 9.4 per game.

Defensively, Northwestern features the nation's No. 251-rated defense on the road, allowing 73.6 points per game. Washington State, meanwhile, comes in at No. 63 nationally in scoring at home.

Last time out for Northwestern, they were an 85-67 winner as they battled Boston College on the road. They covered in the match as a 4.5-point underdog. The Wildcats got 22 points from Michael Thompson as Northwestern ran past Boston College 85-67 on Saturday at Conte Forum.

Washington State was a 74-64 winner in its last match at home against Oklahoma State. They covered the 7–point spread as favorites. Klay Thompson scored 21 points leading the Cougars to a 74-64 victory over Oklahoma State at Friel Court on Monday.