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Indiana vs Northwestern Pick & Preview: Wednesday, February 15th Betting Odds
Hoosiers vs Wildcats Matchup at a Glance
- Sport: NCAAB
- Teams: Indiana Hoosiers at Northwestern Wildcats
- Where: Evanston at Welsh-Ryan Arena
- Date: Wednesday, February 15th
- Betting Odds: Indiana -1.5, IND -125 | NW +102 O/U 134.5
Indiana heads into this matchup having played 25 games and have an overall record sitting at 18-7. So far, the Hoosiers have played 10 games on the road, with a record of 5-5. This season, Indiana has been favored to win in 18 games, sitting with a mark of 16-2. For today’s contest, Indiana has a betting line set -1.5 points in their favor.
Trayce Jackson-Davis comes into today’s game as the Hoosiers’ leading scorer at 20.18 points per contest. Not only has Jackson-Davis been key to the team’s scoring efforts, but he is Indiana’s top rebounder at 11.32 boards per contest. Behind Jackson-Davis, the team has benefited from the strong play of Jalen Hood-Schifino, who is second on the team in scoring at 12.59 points per game. Overall, he has hit 42.2% of his shots and is adding 3.91 boards per game.
Offensive production has been hard to come by for Indiana this season, as they are currently ranked 184th in college basketball at 71.5 points per game. A major reason for low scoring totals is the fact that they have played at a below average pace, and have struggled to knock down outside shots. As a team, the Hoosiers’ 3-point shooting percentage sits at just 33.9%, placing them 258th in the NCAA.
The Northwestern Wildcats will be looking to pick up their 26th win of the season and are in the middle of a 3 game win streak. So far this season, Northwestern has played 17 games at home, sitting with a record of 12-5. For the season, Northwestern has been the underdog in 11 games, sitting with a mark of 6-5. Currently, the oddsmakers have the lines set with the Wildcats being +1.5 point underdogs.
Northwestern’s leading scorer this season is Boo Buie, who is averaging 16.6 points per contest. So far, Buie has accounted for 24.34% of the team’s scoring. In addition, he is contributing 3.4 rebounds per game and 4.44 assists. Chase Audige is the second leading scorer for the Wildcats, averaging 15.12 points per game. Between him and Audige, they are accounting for 46.5% of the team’s scoring.
On offense, Northwestern is scoring a rate similar to the NCAA average at 73.0 points per game. This figure has come despite struggling to knock down shots from outside. Through 25 games, they have only hit 34.7% of their 3-point field goal attempts. For the season, 38.69% of their shots have come from beyond the arc.
Free Spread Prediction: Indiana Hoosiers -1.5
Heading into tip-off for this matchup between the Northwestern Wildcats and Indiana Hoosiers, our analysis shows that Indiana will look to make up for their disadvantage from beyond the arc, by pounding the ball inside. For the season, the Indiana’s offense is doing an excellent job at generating opportunities from the charity stripe. Look for this trend to continue, in what should be a strong offensive effort for Indiana. In today’s game, we feel good laying the points with the Hoosiers.