Michigan Wolverines vs. Northwestern Wildcats - 3/10/16 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction
Northwestern Wildcats (20-11) at Michigan Wolverines (20-11)
College Basketball: Thursday, March 10, 2016 at 12:00 pm (Bankers Life Fieldhouse)
The Line: Michigan Wolverines -- Over/Under: See the Latest Odds
TV: Big Ten Network
The Northwestern Wildcats will play the Michigan Wolverines in the second round of the Big Ten Tournament.
The Michigan Wolverines are 20-11 (10-8) and are the #8 seed in the Big Ten tournament. Michigan finished the regular season by losing 4 of their last 5 games and is coming off of a loss to Iowa by a score of 71-61. Michigan defeated Northwestern at home by a score of 72-63 in these two teams only regular season matchup. Michigan is averaging 74.9 points per game while giving up 67.1 points per game. Michigan is also averaging 32.2 rebounds per game and 15 assists per game. Derrick Walton Jr. is averaging 12.3 points per game and 5.7 rebounds per game for Michigan. Zak Irvin is averaging 11.3 points per game and 4.5 rebounds per game for the Wolverines. Michigan is shooting 73.4% on free throws, 39% on three-pointers, and 47.2% on all field goal attempts.
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The Northwestern Wildcats are 20-11 (8-10) and are the #9 seed in the Big Ten tournament. Northwestern finished the regular season by winning their last 3 games and is coming off of a win against Nebraska by a score of 65-54. Northwestern is averaging 72.1 points per game while giving up 65.8 points per game. Northwestern is also averaging 36.2 rebounds per game and 16.5 assists per game. Tre Demps is averaging 15.5 points per game and 3.3 assists per game for Northwestern. Bryant McIntosh is averaging 13.6 points per game and 6.7 assists per game for the Wildcats. Northwestern is shooting 66.5% on free throws, 35.6% on three-pointers, and 45.3% on all field goal attempts.
Northwestern is 4-1 ATS in their last 5 games. Northwestern is 0-3-1 ATS in their last 4 neutral site games. The under is 7-0 in Northwestern’s last 7 neutral site games. Michigan is 14-5 ATS in their last 19 games following a double-digit loss at home. The over is 4-1-1 in Michigan’s last 6 games following a loss. The favorite is 5-1 ATS in these two teams last 6 meetings.
Both of these teams are fighting to get into the NCAA tournament, but Michigan is much closer to getting in than Northwestern is. Michigan has the slightly better offense, while Northwestern has the slightly better defense. Northwestern has the rebounding advantage, while Michigan is the better shooting team. I like Michigan here.