Brown vs. Northwestern - 11/17/14 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction
Northwestern Wildcats (1-0) at Brown Bears (1-0)
College Basketball: Monday, November 17, 2014 at 7:00 pm (Pizzitola Sports Center)
The Line: Brown Bears 0 -- Over/Under: See the Latest Odds
The Northwestern Wildcats and Brown Bears meet Monday night at the Pizzitola Sports Center.
The Northwestern Wildcats won their season opener over the Houston Baptist Huskies, 65-58. Northwestern showed its defensive ability from last season by holding the Huskies to 41.2 percent shooting and forcing 10 turnovers, but the offensive concerns still linger. Northwestern shot just 38.3 percent from the field and made just six of 22 three-ball attempts. Alex Olah led the way with 21 points and 10 rebounds, while Bryant McIntosh had 12 points and six assists. Northwestern’s bench produced just seven points and six fouls. The Northwestern Wildcats proved they can play defense with the best of them but their offensive struggles will keep them from seriously competing in the wide open Big Ten. Sure, it’s one game, but Northwestern has a lot to prove on the offensive side if this season is going to result in a NCAA tournament bid.
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The Brown Bears were impressive in their season opening victory over the Saint Peter's Peacocks. Brown shot a cool 48.8 percent from the field and got to the free throw line 30 times while grabbing 33 rebounds. Defensively, Brown held the Peacocks to 36.1 percent shooting and sent them to the line just 12 times. Rafael Maia and Cedric Kuakumensah combined for 28 points and 13 rebounds, while Tavon Blackmon led Brown with 18 points 4-7 shooting from the field. JR Hobbie and Tyler Williams were the only Brown bench players to score, which could be a problem later in the season if the lack of contribution continues. The Brown Bears aren’t a deep team at all but showed that they’re more than capable hanging with decent competition when they’re 100 percent dialed in.
The Wildcats are 2-6 ATS in their last 8 non-conference games and 3-7 ATS in their last 10 games overall. The Bears are 1-4 ATS in their last 5 vs. Big Ten and 10-4-1 ATS in their last 15 games overall.
In a toss-up game, I'm picking the Brown Bears due to them being the more balanced team of the two. Northwestern has serious offensive issues and could struggle to keep up with the amount of times Brown gets to the free throw line. Not to mention Brown does have the home court advantage, which is huge in CBB. Give me the Bears to start the season 2-0.