the Northwestern Wildcats (12-4, 3-2 Big Ten) take on the Michigan Wolverines (9-7, 3-2) on Sunday. Tip from Crisler Center in Ann Arbor is set for noon ET (Big Ten Network). Below, we analyze Tipico Sportsbook’s lines around the Northwestern vs. Michigan oddsand make our expert college basketball picks, predictions and bets.
Northwestern lost to Rutgers 65-62 on Wednesday, failing to cover as 1-point home underdogs. In its last 7 games, Northwestern is 4-3 against the spread (ATS). On the season, the Wildcats are 9-7 ATS. The Wildcats’ defense ranks 12th in the country in opponent points per game (59.3) and 10th in the country in opponent FG percentage (37.788%).
The Wolverines lost to Iowa 93-84 on Thursday, failing to cover as 5.5-point road favorites. They are 6-4 ATS in their last 10 games and 8-8 ATS this season. Michigan’s defense has struggled this season, ranking 215th in the nation for opponent points per game (70.2).
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Northwestern at Michigan odds
Provided by Tipico Sportsbook; access USA TODAY Sports Scores and Sports Betting Odds hub for a full list. Lines last updated at 8:57 am ET.
- Money Line (ML): Northwestern +155 (bet $100 to win $155) | Michigan -210 (bet $210 to win $100)
- Against the spread (ATS): Northwest +4.5 (-115) | Michigan -4.5 (-105)
- Over/Under (O/U): 135.5 (O: -115 | B: -105)
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Northwestern at Michigan picks and predictions
Northwestern 69, Michigan 61
BET NORTH WESTERN +155.
The Wildcats are undefeated on the road this season while Michigan has lost 2 of their last 5 at home. Northwestern’s top-ranked defense facing off against the Wolverines will play a role in its success on the road. Northwestern has won 2 of its last 3 games as the ATS underdog, including an ATS and straight up win on the road against a top Indiana team.
Against the spread
PASSPORT on the points, unless you want a little insurance.
LEAN UNDER 135.5 (-105).
The Under is 18-8 in the Wildcats’ last 26 games and 5-1 in their last 6 games following an ATS loss. Northwestern has not performed well on offense this season, ranking 258th in points per game (68.4) and its defense faces a Michigan offense that ranks 154th in field goal percentage (44.95%).
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