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Northwestern Wildcats vs. Miss Valley State Delta Devils Pick-Odds-Prediction 12/16/13

Miss Valley State Delta Devils (3-6) at Northwestern Wildcats (5-5)

College Basketball: Monday, December 16, 2013 at 7:00 pm (Welsh-Ryan Arena)

The Line: Northwestern Wildcats -18 -- Over/Under: See the Latest Odds

TV: Big Ten Network

Northwestern eyes back to back victories when they welcome Mississippi Valley State Monday night.

The Wildcats are 5-5 and just snapped a three-game slide with a 51-35 win over Western Michigan Dec.7. Both sides battled poor shooting performances with Northwestern’s 32 percent from the field topping the Bronco’s season-low 10 of 41 from the floor and 1 of 15 from beyond the arc. Western Michigan also committed 15 turnovers. Senior G Drew Crawford led the Wildcats with 15 points and 9 rebounds on 5 of 16 shooting, while junior G JerShon Cobb added 11 points, 5 assists and hit 5 of 6 from the free throw line.  Northwestern distanced themselves early in the first half, outscoring the Broncos 16-6 in a span of 6:41 that gave the Wildcats a 24-12 lead at the break. Western Michigan never threatened from there, failing to get closer than 11 points the entire second half. Through 10 games, Northwestern is averaging 66.7 ppg on 41 percent shooting and Crawford leads the team in scoring with 14.7 ppg on 42 percent from the floor and 42 percent from distance.

Northwestern Wildcats vs. Miss Valley State Delta Devils Pick-Odds-Prediction 12/16/13

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Mississippi Valley State, meanwhile, comes in with a record of 3-5 and off consecutive victories after dropping four straight in the early going. The Delta Devils took out Tugaloo of the NAIA 89-81 Dec. 7 behind sharpshooting from the field, connecting on 31 of 52 and 66 percent in the second half. Freshman G Jordan Washington scored a team-high 19 points on 4 of 6 shooting and hit 10 of 11 from the foul line, and freshman G James Currington added 16 points and 4 boards on 77 percent from the floor. On the season, Mississippi Valley is averaging 78.7 ppg on 44 percent shooting and junior G Anthony McDonald leads the team in scoring with 16 ppg on 41 percent shooting.

The line in this matchup is currently set at -18 for Northwestern, which is a whole lot to lay down on a team that averages less than 67 points a game. Mississippi Valley did get blown out by 55 at Ok State and 29 at Ole Miss, but they’re both averaging over 80 a game. The Wildcats haven’t really routed anyone outside of Illinois-Chicago, either. In just a lean, the points look like the play.

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