Michigan vs Northwestern Prediction College Basketball Picks 2/22/24

Northwestern (18-8) vs Michigan (8-18)

Game Info: Thursday, February 22, 2024 at 9:00 pm (Welsh-Ryan Arena)

Betting Odds: Northwestern -12.5 - Over/Under: 140.5 Click Here for the Latest Odds

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The Michigan Wolverines will head out to Evanston to meet the Northwestern Wildcats in Big Ten play this Thursday from the Welsh-Ryan Arena on FS1. Michigan leads the current series, 90-39, but Northwestern enters as 12.5-point home favorites, with the total hovering 140.5. Stay tuned for our Michigan vs Northwestern Prediction. 

Michigan Wolverines Preview

Michigan dropped to 8-18 after losing to Michigan State in Ann Arbor, 73-63. The Wolverines couldn’t keep up with the Spartans in the second half, and they’ll try to prevent a fourth straight loss Thursday in Evanston. Michigan is scoring 75.2 points per game, on 45.3% shooting, while allowing 78.8 ppg, and they’re currently last in the Big Ten with a 2-9 record in conference play. The Wolverines are 2-8 over their previous ten games, and they’re 2-7 on the road this season. Michigan will play against Purdue, Rutgers, and Ohio State after this game.

Michigan Team Profile

  • Juwan Howard’s team plays at a solid pace, averaging 73.2 possessions per game (111th), and they’ve shot well from deep, connecting on 36.2% of their three-point attempts (61st). 
  • Sophomore guard Dug McDaniel struggled in his return to the lineup versus MSU, but he still leads Michigan in scoring (16.6) and assists (4.6).
  • Tennessee transfer Olivier Nkamhoua grabbed 12 boards in the upset win over Wisconsin, and he leads the Wolverines in rebounding (7.1), while scoring 14.8 ppg. 
  • Veteran forward Terrance Williams II (12.4 ppg) missed the in-state battle against Michigan State, and his status is unclear for this road bout with Northwestern. 

Northwestern Wildcats Preview

Northwestern improved to 18-8 after defeating Indiana in Bloomington by four, 76-72. The Wildcats held off a rally from the Hoosiers to get back into the win column, and they’ll look to avoid trading a fourth straight game here against Big Blue. Northwestern is scoring 74.7 points per game, on 45.7% shooting, while allowing 70.1 ppg, and they’re currently 4th in the Big Ten with a 6-5 record in league play. The Wildcats are 6-4 over their last ten games, and they’re 13-1 in Evanston this season. 

Northwestern Team Profile

  • Chris Collins’ squad moves methodically, averaging 66.8 possessions per game (339th), and they’ve shot well from the outside, connecting on 37.5% of their treys (31st).  
  • Veteran leader Boo Buie poured in a game-high 27 points in the Rutgers matchup, and he leads Northwestern in scoring (19.0) and assists (5.2).
  • Junior guard Brooks Barnhizer has grabbed nine rebounds or more in four of the last five games, and he leads the Wildcats in rebounding (6.9), while scoring 14.1 ppg.
  • Princeton transfer Ryan Langborg paced the team with 26 points in the road win over Indiana, and he’s third on the team at 12.2 ppg.  

Michigan vs Northwestern Trends

  • MICH is 7-19 against the spread, with a 15-11 O/U record
  • NW is 14-11-1 ATS, with a 17-9 over/under record.

Michigan vs Northwestern Prediction

Michigan has gone through a lot this season, from the shifting in the coaching staff, to the inconsistent product they’ve put on the court, and with little to play for at this point in the season, they may be in for another long evening. Northwestern bounced back with a strong road win over Indiana, and with a bid to the Big Dance within reach, they should capitalize on this home matchup. The spread has jumped on this game by a couple of points for good reason, so I like tilting to the 10-point margin, and backing Northwestern for this Big Ten clash.

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