Northwestern Wildcats vs Indiana Hoosiers Prediction, 12/23/2020 College Basketball Pick, Tips and Odds
Game: Northwestern Wildcats vs Indiana Hoosiers
Date: Wednesday, December 23, 2020
Location: Simon Skjodt Assembly Hall in Bloomington, IN
Odds/Point Spread: Northwestern (+8)
The Indiana Hoosiers (5-2) play the Northwestern Wildcats (4-1) at Simon Skjodt Assembly Hall on Wednesday. Northwestern opens this game as 8-point dogs. The total opens at 137.5.
Northwestern will play this contest with a win-loss mark of 4-1 this year. They turn it over 10.4 times per contest and as a squad are committing 17.2 personal fouls on a nightly basis. As a unit, Northwestern is snagging 45.0 boards per contest and has earned 104 dimes on the campaign, which is 101st in Division 1 in terms of passing. The Wildcats are hitting 43.5% from downtown (57 of 131) and 73.6% from the charity stripe. They are averaging 90.4 pts per game (14th in D-1) on 47.5% from the field. When they are on the defensive end, the Wildcats are able to force 12.6 turnovers per contest while drawing 20.0 fouls. They surrender 27.1% on shots from downtown and they are ranked 26th in D-1 in PPG allowed (59.8). The Wildcats are allowing an opponent shooting percentage of 34.8% (109 of 313) and they relinquish 32.6 rebounds per contest as a basketball team. They are 131st in Division 1 in allowing assists to their opponents with 69 surrendered so far this season.
The Northwestern Wildcats faced off with the Michigan State Spartans and earned the victory with a final of 79-65 in their last contest. Northwestern walked away from the game with a 52.9% FG percentage (27 out of 51) and made 10 out of their 21 3-point attempts. At the free throw line, the Wildcats buried 15 of their 18 shots for a rate of 83.3%. Concerning grabbing rebounds, they compiled 30 with 3 of them being of the offensive variety. They also recorded 16 assists for the matchup in addition to earning 7 steals and 2 blocked shots. In regard to defense, Northwestern allowed 52.9% from the field on 27 out of 51. Michigan State earned 19 assists and 7 steals for the matchup. Furthurmore, the Spartans grabbed 33 rebounds (11 offensive, 22 defensive) and had 2 blocked shots. Michigan State went 50.0% at the charity stripe by converting 5 of 10 tries. They also converted 8 out of their 31 attempts from beyond the arc.
Boo Buie is one player who came through in this matchup. He left the arena with 30 points on 9 of 15 shooting. He played for 24 minutes played and also collected 3 rebounds. Buie walked away from this one shooting 60.0% from the floor and also totaled 4 assists. One more player that saw a lot of court time in this contest for the Wildcats was Pete Nance. He collected 12 rebounds and also totaled 4 assists. He finished the contest at 75.0% from the floor in this contest by shooting 6-of-8 (15 points). In all, Nance was on the court for 29 min.
Indiana has a mark of 5-2 so far this year. The Hoosiers are committing 17.6 personal fouls per game and they connect on 65.9% from the free throw line. Their rate of earning assists is at 15.7 times per game (80th in college basketball) and they lose possession by turning the ball over 13.1 times per game. Indiana has earned 513 points on the season (73.3 per contest) and they average 37.4 rebounds per game. As an offensive team, the Hoosiers are connecting on 46.1% from the field, which ranks them 136th in college basketball. The Hoosiers on the defensive side of the court are 41st in the country in points per game surrendered with 61.0. They have given up 9.6 dimes and 36.1 rebounds every game, which is ranked 27th and 207th in Division 1. The Indiana defense gives up 27.5% on shots from beyond the perimeter (41 of 149) and their opponents are knocking down 63.6% of their foul shots. They are able to force 14.4 TO's every game and allow teams to shoot 37.2% from the field (27th in the nation).
When they last stepped on the court, the Indiana Hoosiers walked away with a victory by a final of 68-60 when they faced the Butler Bulldogs. The Hoosiers were able to collect 25 defensive boards and 3 offensive rebounds totaling 28 in the game. They turned away 8 attempts while earning 6 steals in this contest. The Bulldogs had 19 personal fouls for the matchup which got the Hoosiers to the free throw line for 20 shots. They were able to knock down 11 of the free throw attempts for a rate of 55.0%. In regard to three-point shots, Indiana made 7 out of their 16 tries (43.8%). When the final whistle was blown, the Hoosiers ended up going 25 out of 47 from the floor which gave them a percentage of 53.2%. The Hoosiers allowed the Bulldogs to bury 22 of their 56 attempts from the floor which had them sitting at 39.3% in this contest. They wrapped up this game 47.4% from 3-point land by going 9 of 19 and walked away from this one shooting 7 out of 14 at the charity stripe (50.0%). When talking about how they rebounded, Indiana permitted Butler to get 33 in all (9 on the offensive side).
Trayce Jackson-Davis was pivotal for the Hoosiers in this game. He knocked down 7 out of 9 in this contest for a rate of 77.8%, which gave him 21 points. Jackson-Davis pulled down 8 boards in his 36 mins and totaled 2 dimes in this matchup. An additional guy who was a determining factor for Indiana was Armaan Franklin. He notched 20 points in his 36 minutes on the court by way of 7 out of 12 from the floor for this game. Franklin ended the game having shot 58.3% from the field as well as earning 3 assists and 2 total rebounds.
Who will win tonight's college basketball game against the spread?
Josh Schonwald's Pick: Take Northwestern (+8)
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