Northwestern Wildcats (4-1) at Indiana Hoosiers (5-2)
College Basketball: Wednesday, December 23, 2020 at 8:30 pm (Assembly Hall)
The Line: Indiana Hoosiers -8 -- Over/Under: 137.5 Click to Get Latest Betting Odds
The Northwestern Wildcats and the Indiana Hoosiers meet in Big Ten conference college basketball action from the Simon Skjodt Assembly Hall on Wednesday night.
The Northwestern Wildcats will look to add to their 4-1 record after picking up a massive 79-65 win over Michigan State last time out. Boo Buie led the Wildcats with 30 points on 9 of 15 shooting with 5 threes and 4 assists while Pete Nance chipped in 15 points on 6 of 8 shooting with 12 rebounds and 4 assists for the double-double while Ty Berry added 12 points on 4 of 5 shooting with 3 threes and 3 steals to finish off the trio of double-digit scorers for the Wildcats as a team in the win. Chase Audige added 3 steals as well as the victory for Northwestern. Boo Buie leads Northwestern in scoring and assists with an average of 15.2 points and 5.6 assists per game while Nance leads the Wildcats in rebounding with 8.2 rebounds per game this season. As a team, Northwestern is averaging 90.4 points on 47.5% shooting from the field, 43.5% from behind the arc and 73.6% from the foul line while allowing opposing teams to average 59.8 points on 34.8% shooting from the field and 27.1% from 3-point range this season.
The Indiana Hoosiers will look to build on back-to-back wins after a 68-60 win over Butler last time out. Trayce Jackson-Davis led the Hoosiers with 21 points on 7 of 9 shooting with a team-high 8 rebounds and 5 blocks while Armaan Franklin added 20 points on 7 of 12 shooting with 5 threes, 3 assists and a pair of steals. Al Durham added 11 points with 8 rebounds of his own and 4 assists while Race Thompson added 10 points on 4 of 8 shooting with 7 rebounds and 3 assists to cap off the scoring in double figures for Indiana in the win. Trey Galloway added a team-high 5 assists as well in the victory for the Hoosiers. Jackson-Davis leads the Hoosiers in scoring and rebounding with an average of 21 points and 8.6 rebounds per game while Durham leads the Hoosiers in assists with 3.2 helpers per game this season. As a team, Indiana is averaging 73.3 points on 46.1% shooting from the field, 33.6% shooting from behind the arc and 69.9% from the foul line while allowing opposing teams to average 61 points on 37.2% shooting from the field and 27.5% from the 3-point line this season.
Northwestern is 5-12 ATS in their last 17 games following a win and 1-5 ATS in their last 6 Wednesday games while the under is 5-1 in their last 6 games against a team with a winning record. Indiana is 4-0 ATS in their last 4 games overall and 5-2 ATS in their last 7 games against a team with a winning record while the under is 12-2 in their last 14 games following a win.
I went back and forth on this game as Northwestern could be in for a letdown after their huge win over Michigan State but the Wildcats have been playing well up to this point as a whole while Indiana has been playing well also and are usually tough at home. With that said, This just feels like too many points as I see this one being a 4-point game, as these two just have a history of tight affairs. I’ll take my chances with Northwestern and the points in what I think will be a thriller.