Northwestern Wildcats vs Michigan Wolverines 1-15-23

Northwestern Wildcats vs Michigan Wolverines 1/15/2023 Picks Predictions Previews

Northwestern Wildcats vs Michigan Wolverines 1/15/2023 Picks Predictions Previews


The Northwestern Wildcats will go against the Michigan Wolverines in NCAAB action in Crisler Center, MI, on Sunday, January 15, 2023, at 12:00 PM ET.


Northwestern started the season 5-0 before suffering defeats to Pittsburgh 87-58 and Auburn 43-42. The Wildcats are 3-2 in the Big Ten after defeating Michigan State (70-63) and Illinois (73-60) as well as Indiana (84-83).


On New Year’s Day, the Wildcats suffered losses to Ohio State (73-57), then on Wednesday against Rutgers (65-62).


The Wildcats are ranked 53rd by KenPom. They played against the 91st-rated strength of schedule, are 140th on offense, and are ranked 14th in adjusted defensive efficiency.


The Wildcats rank 279th in three-point accuracy, 355th in offensive field goal percentage (making only 38.7% of their attempts), and 266th overall in points scored.


Strong free-throw performance, ranking 82nd with a success rate of 73.9%. Chase Audige (15.8 ppg), Boo Buie (14.6 ppg), and Ty Berry (10.1 ppg) are the team’s top scorers, and all shoot above 85% from the charity stripe.


  • The total went UNDER in 11 of Northwestern’s last 16 matches. 
  • The Northwestern Wildcats are 7-2 SU in their last 9 matches. 
  • The Wildcats are 0-5 SU in their last 5 games with Michigan.

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Northwestern Wildcats vs Michigan Wolverines Predictions 1/15/2023


This year, Michigan Wolverines started the Big Ten off with three straight victories, defeating Minnesota (90-75), Maryland (81-46), and Penn State (79-69).


Since then, the Wolverines lost their last two games, dropping to rival Michigan State (59-53) last Saturday and at Iowa (93-84 in OT) on Thursday.


According to KenPom, Michigan is ranked 43rd in the nation. They rank 61st offensively and 40th in modified defensive efficiency.


The Wolverines faced teams from the 30th-ranked strength of schedule and suffered non-conference losses to Central Michigan, Arizona State, Virginia, Kentucky, and North Carolina.


Michigan’s 91-60 victory over Pittsburgh (KenPom #64) was its biggest non-conference triumph. Junior Hunter Dickinson, who stands at 7’1″, averages 18.3 points, 8.5 rebounds, and 57.5% shooting from the field per game.


The second-best scorer is 6’8″ freshman Jett Howard, the coach’s son, who averages 15.5 points per game.


Michigan is 106th in the nation with a 75.5 ppg average, 159th in field goal percentage (45%), 130th in three-point shooting (35.1%), but only 265th in free throw percentage (68.4%).


  • The Michigan Wolverines are 2-4 SU in their last 6 matches. 
  • The Michigan Wolverines are 6-2 SU in their last 8 matches at home.
  • Michigan is 10-0 SU in their last 10 games at home against the Northwestern Huskies.

Northwestern Wildcats vs Michigan Wolverines. The NCAAB pick for this game is the Northwestern Wildcats.


Although Michigan lost its last two Big Ten contests, both of those defeats came at the hands of potent offensive opponents.


Despite Northwestern’s greater defensive difficulty, Michigan’s superior quality should make the Wildcats’ lack of offensive oomph a problem.


The Wolverines covered the spread in three of the previous four head-to-head contests and are the second-best club in the country in terms of committing the fewest turnovers per offensive play.


Despite only losing to Michigan by two points last season, the Wildcats also had a 49% field goal and 47% three-point shooting percentage.


Given Northwestern’s season-long performance, don’t expect them to fare well this time around against a Michigan squad that won’t be taking them lightly. The Northwestern Wildcats will win to a predicted score of 71-65.


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NCAAB Starting Time: 12:00 PM (EDT)


Location: Crisler Center, MI


Date: Sunday, January 15, 2023




NCAAB Odds: Northwestern Wildcats +4.5


NCAAB Totals: 136


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