The Northwestern Wildcats will play the Michigan Wolverines in one of the college basketball games on Monday, start time at 7:00 PM ET, at Crisler Center, Ann Arbor, Michigan. Northwestern rallied around Vic Law, who had 18 points, 13 rebounds and five assists. The Wildcats knocked down 18 of their 23 free throws (78.3 percent) and had a turnover percentage of 13.1 (better than their season average of 15.1). Defensively, Michigan basketball yields 63.8 points per game against the opposing teams. After opening the game shooting 6-for-8 from the field, NU went the last 7:06 of the first half without scoring a point and turned the ball over four times in that span.
In the Wolverines' last matchup, they fell to the No. 3 Purdue Boilermakers, 92-88. Wagner then added a free throw and another jumper. They were 19-23 (82.6 percent), while the Wolverines were just 5-9 (55.6 percent). Muhammad-Ali Abdur-Rahkman is the third double-digit scorer and Duncan Robinson is grabbing 2.5 rebounds.
Coming off one of its most efficient offensive performances of the season, MI hit a roadblock against Northwestern. The Wildcats are 13-9 overall, 4-5 in the Big Ten and 8-11 against the spread. Wildcats games have typically finished under the total (57.9 percent).More news: Viral challenge puts teen in hospital with gunshot wound
The Michigan Wolverines also need a win here after splitting their last six games. I'll take MI by double digits.
Northwestern is 3-6 ATS on the road with 4 overs, 4 unders and 1 push. The Wildcats are 4-1 ATS in the last 5 meetings, the home team is 5-2 ATS in the last 7 meetings and the under is 4-1-1 in the last 6 meetings in MI.
The Northwestern Wildcats look for a statement victory after splitting their last 10 games.More news: Massive wartime bomb defused in Wan Chai in lengthy operation
The Wildcats' zone gave the Wolverines problems.
The Wolverines rank 33rd in rebounds allowed per game (31.6) while the Wildcats rank 63rd (32.6).
Northwestern countered with a 6-0 run in a 90-second span that ended with a Vic Law jumper to cut it to two before Matthews knocked down another 3-pointer and had a steal and dunk to give MI a 39-32 advantage with 11:34 to go. MI made four of its 10 attempts from deep in the second and shot 50 percent from the field overall.More news: European Union adopts Brexit negotiating guidelines as tensions rock UK PM May
In their last five games, Northwestern is 3-2 ATS with 4 unders and 1 over. The Wolverines scored the last 10 points of the half, including five from Abdur-Rahkman.