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Northwestern Wildcats vs Hoosiers College Hoops Game Preview

Northwestern WildcatsIndiana Hoosiers
8-10January 18, 2014, 02:30 | Branch McCracken Court at Assembly Hall12-5

College hoops betting interest focuses on the Indiana vs Northwestern battle Saturday at Branch McCracken Court at Assembly Hall as the Hoosiers look to defend home court and cover the NCAA basketball point spread.

This season, the Hoosiers are 12-5 overall and 8-7-1 ATS, while the Wildcats are 8-10 and 5-12 ATS. As for the totals, Indiana boasts a 9-7 on the OU, and Northwestern is 6-11.

View Northwestern Wildcats vs Indiana Hoosiers Odds and Stats.

Bettors looking to side with Indiana in this one found them as -14-point favorites earlier in the day. Watch for line moves and updates at Bovada before gametime.

According to new college basketball power rankings here, it's the No. 34-ranked Hoosiers and the No. 236-rated Wildcats in this matchup.

Northwestern lost its last outing, a 54-40 result against Michigan State on January 15. They failed to cover in that game as a 12-point underdog. Northwestern got 12 points from Tre Demps but lost anyway, 54-40, to Michigan State on Wednesday at Welsh-Ryan Arena.

Indiana was a 75-72 winner in their most recent outing at home against Wisconsin. They covered the 4-point spread as underdogs. The Hoosiers got a terrific 25-point effort from Yogi Ferrell as Indiana defeated Wisconsin 75-72 on Tuesday at Branch McCracken Court at Assembly Hall.

How They Match Up:
Scoring and defensive stats point to some edges in this matchup. The game features Indiana's No. 26-ranked scoring average of 79.88 PPG, against a Wildcats defense rated No. 40 and allowing 64.56 PPG. The Hoosiers FG% has averaged 46.15% to date this season, more than the Wildcats shooters have managed so far (39.91% per game).

A few Wildcats at Hoosiers trends to consider:
Northwestern is 1-6 ATS in its last 7 games
Northwestern is 1-5 SU in its last 6 games
Northwestern is 1-5 ATS in its last 6 games on the road
Northwestern is 1-11 SU in its last 12 games on the road
Indiana is 2-4-1 ATS in its last 7 games
Indiana is 12-5 SU in its last 17 games
Indiana is 1-4 ATS in its last 5 games at home
Indiana is 10-3 SU in its last 13 games at home

Next up:
Northwestern home to Purdue, Tuesday, January 21st
Indiana at Michigan State, Tuesday, January 21st