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Michigan vs. Northwestern - 1/17/15 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Northwestern Wildcats (10-7) at Michigan Wolverines (10-7)

College Basketball: Saturday, January 17, 2015 at 8:15 pm (Crisler Center)

The Line: Michigan Wolverines -10 -- Over/Under: See the Latest Odds

TV: Big Ten Network

The Northwestern Wildcats and Michigan Wolverines play Saturday at the Crisler Center.

The Northwestern Wildcats have lost three straight games and look for their second Big Ten win. On the season, Northwestern is averaging 65.2 points on 43.2 percent shooting and is allowing 62.4 points on 41.3 percent shooting. Bryant McIntosh is averaging 12.4 points and 4.5 assists while Tre Demps is averaging 12.2 points and 3.6 rebounds. Alex Olah is grabbing 7.2 rebounds and Vic Law is shooting 36.2 percent from the field. The Northwestern Wildcats are a defensive team that’s allowing 35.9 percent shooting from deep and has allowed 61 or less points in five of their last nine games. Offensively, Northwestern is shooting 72.9 percent from the line and 34.4 percent from downtown. Northwestern is 2-2 SU on the road.

Michigan vs. Northwestern - 1/17/15 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction

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The Michigan Wolverines have split their last eight games and look for their fourth Big Ten win. On the season, Michigan is averaging 66.1 points on 41.9 percent shooting and is allowing 62.9 points on 44.1 percent shooting. Caris LeVert is averaging 14.8 points and 3.5 assists while Zak Irvin is averaging 14.4 points and 4.1 rebounds. Derrick Walton Jr. is the third player averaging double-digit points and Ricky Doyle is shooting 68.1 percent from the field. The Michigan Wolverines have five players averaging at least 5.1 points, and they’re shooting 73.2 percent from the line and 35.5 percent from downtown. Defensively, Michigan is allowing 35.4 percent shooting from deep and has allowed 65 or less points in six of its last seven games. Michigan is 8-3 SU on its home court.

The Wildcats are 5-1 ATS in their last 6 road games and 5-2 ATS in their last 7 games overall. The Wolverines are 2-7 ATS in their last 9 home games and 3-9 ATS in their last 12 games overall. The Wildcats are 3-7 ATS in the last 10 meetings in Michigan and 0-4 ATS in the last 4 meetings overall.

Michigan is starting to pick it up and finally play to its potential. While I hate laying double-digit chalk here, it certainly beats backing a Northwestern team that has lost three straight and has been beaten up by some real average teams. 

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Michigan Wolverines -10

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