Game Notes: The Northwestern Wildcats (11-7, 2-3) travel to Bloomington to face the Indiana Hoosiers (10-7, 3-2) at Simon Skjodt Assembly Hall. Tip-off is set for Sunday afternoon at 4:30 EST. The game will be broadcast on CBS with Spero Dedes and Clark Kellogg on the call.
Indiana leads the all-time series 115-51. The schools split last year’s matchups. Northwestern won 68-55 in Evanston, and the Hoosiers won 63-62 in Bloomington. Wildcat Head Coach Chris Collins is in his 5th year leading the Northwestern program. He has a 3-4 all-time record against Indiana.
Vegas has Indiana as a 2.5 point favorite while Pomeroy puts IU as a 1 point favorite and gives the Hoosiers a 54% chance of victory.
- In what most certainly sounds like a broken record, Indiana’s 3-point defense will be key. Northwestern takes the 2nd most 3’s in the Big Ten and Indiana continues to struggle to defend from behind the arc.
- Northwestern shoots the highest FT percentage in the Big Ten at 75.6%, so Indiana will do well to limit fouls and not put themselves in a position late where they need to count on misses from the line.
- Northwestern is not a good rebounding team and IU has been outworking its recent opponents on the glass. The Hoosiers are currently 4th in the B1G in offensive rebounds.
- Northwestern has been committing a lot of fouls and ranks 312th nationally in fouls committed. Indiana needs to be in attack mode in order to keep this trend going and earn freebies at the stripe. Indiana has been shooting better from the line in recent games.
- Neither team has been shooting the ball well overall from the field. It looks like a game where the team that gets the hot hand likely wins.
- Indiana has been above average with not committing turnovers and Northwestern above average in forcing them. Whichever trend gets broken here will be a big key to the game. Part of Indiana’s recent success has been based on limiting turnovers.
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Statistics credit – NCAA