ARBOR, Mich. — The No. 16 Michigan Wolverines will seek to stay undefeated this season when they host the No. 19 Northwestern Wildcats at Crisler Center on Sunday.
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- What: No. 16 Michigan Wolverines vs. No. 19 Northwestern Wildcats
- Where: Crisler Center, Ann Arbor, MI
- When and Time: Sunday, 7:30 PM ET January 3, 2021
- OVER/UNDER: 145; SPREAD: Michigan -8.5
- Live Stream & TV Channels: TV: BIG TEN NETWORK
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Michigan (8-0, 3-0 Big Ten) comes into the game on an eight-game winning streak and will aim to extend this fruitful run with another victory. The Wolverines, who have won all three conference games so far, are the only undefeated team left in the Big Ten.
Northwestern (6-2, 3-1 Big Ten) sits fifth in the conference standings and is 1/2 game behind Michigan.
Sunday’s game will mark the 175th all-time meeting between the Wolverines and Northwestern. The hosts lead the all-time series, 115-59, and are 66-20 in Ann Arbor. They have also won the last eight at Crisler Center.
The Wildcats saw their four-game winning streak snapped by No. 10 Iowa, last Tuesday night after suffering an 87-72 setback for their first conference loss.
Sunday’s game will be the fourth matchup against an AP ranked team this season for Northwestern, which is 2-1 against such opponents.
For Michigan, this will be the first matchup against a ranked opponent this season, but the Wolverines start as an 8.5 point favorite to take the victory.
Northwestern vs. Michigan Picks and Predictions
Northwestern comes into this game averaging 83.6 points per game and is allowing 65.4 to opponents. The Wildcats are shooting 48.0% from the field, while averaging 38.5 rebounds, 19.5 assists, 6.0 steals, and 3.0 blocks per contest.
Wolverines, meanwhile, are scoring 82.3 points and giving up 68.4 per game. They are shooting 52.3% from the opening eight games, pulling down 39.6 rebounds, and blocking 5.1 shots per outing.
Hunter Dickinson is scoring 16.6 points with 8.8 rebounds and shooting 72.6% from the field this season for Michigan.
Forward Miller Kopp comes in scoring 14.6 points and shooting 56.1% from the field for Northwestern. Boo Buie is averaging 12.9 points and 5.6 assists per game for the Wildcats.