Northwestern vs. Brown - 12/30/17 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction
Brown Bears (6-5) at Northwestern Wildcats (9-5)
College Basketball: Saturday, December 30, 2017 at 12:00 pm (Allstate Arena)
The Line: Northwestern Wildcats -18.5 -- Over/Under: See the Latest Odds
The Brown Bears will travel to Allstate Arena to take on the Northwestern Wildcats this Saturday afternoon in College Basketball action.
The Brown Bears won their 2nd straight game and improved to 6-5 on the season after defeating the Marist Red Foxes, 90-69, on December 22nd. Brown was outstanding on the offensive end throughout the game and had no trouble securing the victory after taking a 46-31 halftime lead. Brown shot 49.3% from the field and 46.4% (13-28) from beyond the arc in the victory. Leading the way for the Bears was Desmond Cambridge who had 33 points, 5 rebounds, and an assist. On the season, Brown is averaging 79.4 ppg on 43.2% shooting from the field. The Bears are averaging 7.5 three-pointers per game on 31.5% shooting from beyond the arc. Offensively, Brown has been led by Brandon Anderson (19.0 ppg, 2.8 rpg, 3.9 apg, 1.7 spg), Desmond Cambridge (15.6 ppg, 4.1 rpg, 1.3 apg, 1.0 spg), Zach Hunsaker (11.7 ppg, 3.5 rpg, 1.8 apg), and Joshua Howard (7.0 ppg, 4.1 rpg, 1.7 apg, 1.1 spg). Defensively, Brown is allowing their opponents to average 75.6 ppg on 46.1% shooting from the field. The Bears have a rebound margin of 2.7 and a turnover margin of 0.5.
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The Northwestern Wildcats had their 4-game winning streak snapped and dropped to 9-5 on the season after being defeated by the 17th ranked Oklahoma Sooners, 104-78, on December 22nd. Northwestern had no answers for Trae Young and the explosive Oklahoma offense and couldn’t fight back after falling behind by a 68-38 margin at halftime. Northwestern allowed Oklahoma to shoot 61.1% from the field and 60.7% (17-28) from beyond the arc in the loss. Leading the way for the Wildcats was Dererk Pardon who had 17 points, 9 rebounds, and an assist. On the season, Northwestern is averaging 75.1 ppg on 44.2% shooting from the field. The Wildcats are averaging 8.8 three-pointers per game on 36.1% shooting from beyond the arc. Offensively, Northwestern has been led by Scottie Lindsey (14.8 ppg, 3.9 rpg, 1.8 apg), Vic Law (13.7 ppg, 5.3 rpg, 1.8 apg), Bryant McIntosh (13.3 ppg, 2.7 rpg, 5.6 apg), and Dererk Pardon (11.6 ppg, 6.2 rpg, 1.0 apg, 1.3 bpg). Defensively, Northwestern is holding their opponents to an average of 66.4 ppg on 44.3% shooting from the field. The Wildcats have a rebound margin of 1.5 and a turnover margin of 3.4.
The Bears are 4-1 ATS in their last 5 non-conference games however, are 0-4 ATS in their last 4 games following an ATS win. The Wildcats are 6-1 ATS in their last 7 games following a straight up loss and 5-2 ATS in their last 7 games following a ATS loss.
Brown has been competitive this season outside of their loss at Rhode Island however, for the Bears to compete for the Ivy League Championship this season, they’ll need to improve their defense that ranks 251st in scoring defense and 282nd in defensive FG%. Northwestern has struggled on the road this season with blowout losses against Texas Tech and Oklahoma however, the Wildcats have been solid at home this season and come into this matchup ranked 67th in scoring defense and 48th in turnover margin. I think Northwestern gets back on the right track against Brown, however, the Bears have been solid putting up points this season as they rank 87th in scoring offense and 9th in FT% and I think Brown will do just enough to cover with the points. Take Brown and the points.