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Indiana vs. Northwestern - 3/12/15 Big Ten Tournament Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Northwestern Wildcats (15-16) at Indiana Hoosiers (19-12)

College Basketball: Thursday, March 12, 2015 at 6:30 pm (United Center)

The Line: Indiana Hoosiers -3.5 -- Over/Under: See the Latest Odds

TV: ESPN2

The Northwestern Wildcats and Indiana Hoosiers meet Thursday in the Big Ten Tournament.

The Northwestern Wildcats look to stay hot after winning five of their last seven games. On the season, Northwestern is averaging 63.7 points on 43.6 percent shooting and is allowing 64.4 points on 41.6 percent shooting. Tre Demps is averaging 12.8 points and 2.7 assists while  Alex Olah is averaging 11.7 points and 6.9 rebounds. Bryant McIntosh is the third double-digit scorer and Vic Law is grabbing 4.8 rebounds. The Northwestern Wildcats have four players averaging at least 7.1 points, and they’re shooting 73.3 percent from the line and 35.8 percent from deep. Defensively, Northwestern is allowing 37.9 percent shooting from deep and has given up 68 or more points in four of its last eight games.

Indiana vs. Northwestern - 3/12/15 Big Ten Tournament Pick, Odds, and Prediction

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The Indiana Hoosiers look to snap a three-game losing streak. On the season, Indiana is averaging 78 points on 47.1 percent shooting and is allowing 71.8 points on 45.5 percent shooting. Yogi Ferrell is averaging 16 points and five assists while James Blackmon Jr. is averaging 15.8 points and 5.3 rebounds. Troy Williams is the third double-digit scorer and Robert Johnson is dishing 2.4 assists. The Indiana Hoosiers have four players averaging at least 9.1 points, and they’re shooting 71.3 percent from the line and 41 percent from deep. Defensively, Indiana is allowing 32.4 percent shooting from deep and has given up 71 or more points in four of its last six games.

This is a chance for the Indana Hoosiers to make some noise and have a shot at getting in the big dance. I expect the Hoosiers to shoot the ball well, and Northwestern can't keep up if that's the case. Look for the Hooisers to win and cover the small chalk. 

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Indiana Hoosiers -3.5

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