Wildcats vs. Wolverines Prediction
The undefeated and second-ranked Michigan Wolverines are double-digit favorites today against a Northwestern Wildcats squad they have already beaten on the road this season. Will Michigan win by enough to make bettors happy tonight?
Sunday, January 13, 2019
Crisler Arena at 7:30PM ET
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Public Betting Information
According to oddsmakers at BetNow.eu, the Wolverines are a 12-point favorite on the spread line. The over-under is set at 127 points. As of Sunday morning, 64 percent of public bets are siding with host Michigan. Check out our College Basketball Public Betting Page for the latest information.
Wildcats upended by Hawkeyes
Northwestern fell to 10-6 overall and 1-4 in the Big Ten Conference Wednesday night with a 73-63 home loss to Iowa. The Wildcats were outscored 39-29 in the second half of the defeat. Northwestern shot 23-of-67 from the field, 7-of-27 on 3-point tries and 12-of-16 at the free throw line. Anthony Gaines paced Northwestern with 13 points off the bench on 3-of-3 shooting plus 7-of-7 at the free throw line. He also pulled down six rebounds. Vic Law tallied 13 points to go with 10 boards, three steals and two assists. Ryan Taylor contributed 11 points, three blocked shots, two rebounds and two assists. A.J. Turner added 10 points, six dimes and five boards.
Wolverines ease past Illini
Michigan secured a 79-69 victory at Illinois Thursday night to improve to 16-0 overall and 5-0 in Big Ten play. Zavier Simpson paced the Wolverines with 16 points on 6-of-13 shooting including 2-of-4 from 3-point range plus 2-of-2 at the free throw line. He also notched eight assists, five rebounds and two steals. Ignas Brazdeikis tallied 15 points and grabbed eight rebounds. Charles Matthews had 14 points and four boards. Jon Teske contributed 13 points, 11 rebounds, four dimes and four blocked shots. Jordan Poole added 10 points. Michigan led 39-34 at halftime and pulled away after the break. The Wolverines shot 28-of-62 from the floor, 5-of-19 on 3-point attempts and 18-of-22 on free throws.
College Basketball Betting Trends
The Wildcats are 2-7 ATS in their last nine games versus the Big Ten. Northwestern is 1-4 ATS in its last five games overall.
The Wolverines are 10-1 ATS in their last 11 Sunday games. Michigan is 24-7-1 ATS in its last 32 games versus the Big Ten.
The Wolverines have a dominant defense that ranks fourth nationally in adjusted efficiency, while Northwestern is only 123rd nationally in adjusted offensive efficiency. Scoring points is going to be an issue for the Wildcats. As for the U-M offense, it appears to be on the right track after a solid outing at Illinois. With the Wolverines clicking on all cylinders right now, I see them pulling away from Northwestern tonight.
NCAA DAILY PREDICTION: MICHIGAN WOLVERINES -12