Saturday, January 4, 2014
Northwestern at Michigan Breakdown & Prediction
Time: Noon ET
Venue: Crisler Center
TV: Big Ten Network
Records: Northwestern 7-7, 0-1 Big Ten; Michigan 9-4, 1-0 Big Ten
Northwestern stat leaders: Points – Drew Crawford (15.9 ppg); Rebounds – Crawford (7.7 rpg); Assists – Dave Sobolewski (3.2 apg); Steals – Sobolewski/Sanjay Lumpkin (0.9 spg).
Michigan stat leaders: Points – Nik Stauskas (17.8 ppg); Rebounds – Glenn Robinson III (4.7 rpg); Assists – Stauskas (3.3 apg); Steals – Robinson III/Caris LeVert (1.2 spg).
Current Streaks: Northwestern L2, Michigan W3
Point Spread: Michigan -15
Prediction: Northwestern isn’t looking too good so far this season and Michigan is coming off a nice win on the road. The Wolverines didn’t always look their best against Minnesota but the play of Stauskas and Horford should help boost the team going forward without McGary coming back any time too soon. I think Michigan wins this game comfortably, as Northwestern will have enough trouble finding conference wins at home, let alone on the road. Michigan will shoot its way to a quick lead and then slowly pull away. Michigan 78, Northwestern 62