Indiana vs. Northwestern - 12/1/18 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction
Northwestern Wildcats (6-1) at Indiana Hoosiers (5-2)
College Basketball: Saturday, December 1, 2018 at 1:00 pm (Branch McCracken Court at Assembly Hall)
The Line: Indiana Hoosiers -8.5 -- Over/Under: 137.5 See the Latest Odds
The Northwestern Wildcats and the Indiana Hoosiers meet in Big Ten conference college basketball action from Assembly Hall on Saturday afternoon.
The Northwestern Wildcats come into this game looking to extend their winning streak which currently sits at 3 games after a 67-61 win over Georgia Tech in their last outing. Ryan Taylor led the Wildcats with 20 points on 7 of 15 shooting with 4 threes while Vic Law added 14 points on 6 of 12 shooting with 9 rebounds and a team-high 4 assists and Dererk Pardon added 12 points with a team-high 10 rebounds to round out the trio of double-digit scorers for Northwestern with a double-double. Law leads Northwestern with an average of 17.9 points and 3.1 assists per game while Pardon leads the Wildcats on the glass with 9.6 rebounds per game this season. As a team, Northwestern is averaging 74.7 points per game on 43.8% shooting from the field, 32.7% from behind the arc and 73.3% from the foul line this season.
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The Indiana Hoosiers will look to bounce back after a 90-69 loss to Duke in their last outing. Romeo Langford led the Hoosiers with 13 points along with 6 rebounds and 3 assists and a pair of blocks but shot just 3 of 15 from the floor. Evan Fitzner added 12 points on 4 of 6 shooting with 3 triples while De’Ron Davis added 10 points to round out the trio of double-digit scorers for Indiana in the losing effort. Langford leads the Hoosiers in scoring with 17.7 points per game this season while Juwan Morgan leads Indiana in rebounding with 8.1 rebounds per game and Rob Phinisee leads the Hoosiers in assists with 4.1 assists per game this season. As a team, Indiana is scoring 82.1 points per game on 52.6% shooting from the field, 37% from behind the arc and 62.9% from the foul line this season.
Northwestern is 0-4 ATS in their last 4 conference games and 1-5 ATS in their last 6 road games while the under is 8-2 in their last 10 games against a team with a winning record. Indiana is 0-4 ATS in their last 4 games overall and 12-3 ATS in their last 15 home games while the under is 6-1 in their last 7 games against a team with a winning record. The home team is 5-1 ATS in the last 6 meetings between these two teams and Northwestern is 20-7 ATS in the last 27 meetings between these two teams.
Northwestern has had their share of issues ATS as of late away from home and have struggled against the number in conference. However, the Wildcats have enjoyed a lot of success in this matchup and have the experience to keep the Hoosiers in check. Indiana is the more explosive team offensively, but I think this is just too many points to give up to Northwestern who has a lot of talent on their end as well, so I’ll take Northwestern and the points in this one.