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Indiana Hoosiers vs. Northwestern Wildcats Pick, Odds, Prediction 1/18/14

Northwestern Wildcats (8-10) at Indiana Hoosiers (12-5)

College Basketball: Saturday, January 18, 2014 at 2:30 pm (Branch McCracken Court at Assembly Hall)

The Line: Indiana Hoosiers -13 -- Over/Under: See the Latest Odds

TV: Big Ten Network

The Indiana Hoosiers and the Northwestern Wildcats face off on Saturday in Big Ten college basketball action.

The Indiana Hoosiers have won back-to-back games to sit at 2-2 in Big Ten play. IU is 12-5 overall and they have played the 53rd ranked schedule in the nation. Kevin Yogi Ferrell leads the Hoosiers averaging 17.9 points per game. Noah Vonleh is averaging 12.1 points and 9.0 rebounds, Will Sheehy is averaging 10.9 points, and Jeremy Hollowell is averaging 7.7 points. Indiana is averaging 79.9 points and they are shooting 46.1 percent while defensively they are allowing 68.9 points and their opponents are shooting 40.1 percent. Indiana has the look of a bubble team in the NCAA Tournament.

Indiana Hoosiers vs. Northwestern Wildcats Pick, Odds, Prediction 1/18/14

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The Northwestern Wildcats are struggling this season and are 1-4 in Big 10 conference games. Northwestern is 8-10 overall and they have played the 40th ranked schedule overall. Drew Crawfird leads the Wildcats averaging 15 points and 6.9 rebounds per game. JerShonn Cobb is averaging 11.7 points, Tre Demps is averaging 10.1 points, and Alex Olah is averaging 8.8 points and 5.1 rebounds. Northwestern is averaging 62.4 points and they are shooting 40 percent while defensively they are allowing 64.6 points and their opponents are shooting 41.9 percent. Northwestern is 1-6 in games away from home this season.

Indiana is 5-2 against the spread following a game that they covered the point spread, 1-4 against the spread in their last six home games, and 1-5 against the spread in their last six Saturday games. Northwestern is 1-5 against the spread in their last six games, 0-5 against the spread in their last five road games, and 2-5 against the spread following a loss. The home team has covered the spread in five of the last seven meetings of these two.

Northwestern has shown some signs of life but not enough to make me believe they can compete here. 

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Indiana Hoosiers -13

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