|WHAT|| #24 Michigan (19-6) vs
#76 Northwestern (14-10)
|WHEN||7 PM EST|
|LINE|| Michigan –1 (KenPom)
Michigan –1.5 (Vegas)
Here is the power of home and away in college basketball: Michigan entered their most recent game against #91 Minnesota with an 80%+ win probability in Kenpom, which translated to a projected 11 point edge. (It did not quite work out that way.) Playing virtually the same quality team on the road, Michigan is favored by one. Also: at Crisler Michigan trailed this Northwestern team 14-5 halfway through the first half and Kenpom still had Michigan a 53% favorite.
Because of this huge swing in game outcomes based on little more that referee whims, Michigan's finishing stretch is coin flip central. Michigan has a win probability between 43 and 60% in five of their six remaining games, with a home game against Iowa (84%) the lone exception.
This Northwestern game is a 55% shot per Kenpom, though there are there are a couple complicating factors. Northwestern's temporary tenancy in Rosemont, Illinois, has resulted in a home court advantage in the bottom third of DI, far worse than Crisler's middling results. On the other hand, Michigan is arriving in Chicago today since their flight was snowed out last night. Hopefully they bring their practice jerseys.
THE LINEUP CARD
Projected starters are in bold. Hover over headers for stat explanations. The "Should I Be Mad If He Hits A Three" methodology: we're mad if a guy who's not good at shooting somehow hits one. Yes, you're still allowed to be unhappy if a proven shooter is left open. It's a free country.
|G||30||Bryant McIntosh||Sr.||6'3, 200||78||25||98||Kinda|
|NW main and only shot creator enjoying his 8th season of Big Ten play. 41/30 splits, gets stuck with bad late clock stuff.|
|G||20||Scottie Lindsey||Sr.||6'5, 210||76||24||101||Kinda|
|Other main "oh god someone shoot" guy. 45/31 on ton of volume. Does not get to line.|
|F||4||Vic Law||Jr.||6'7, 200||72||21||112||No|
|39% from three; does go inside somewhat frequently. DREB vacuum.|
|F||44||Gavin Skelly||Sr.||6'8, 235||54||17||103||No|
|Stretch-ish 4 will offer help rim protection and hit about 1 three a game; lot of TOs in his usage.|
|C||5||Dererk Pardon||Jr.||6'8, 235||74||19||119||Very|
|Burly rim specialist will block shots, OREB, and finish.|
|G||11||Anthony Gaines||Fr.||6'4, 205||39||15||95||Yes|
|Low usage FR gets to the line semi-frequently and has no other statistical strengths.|
|G||23||Jordan Ash||Jr.||6'3, 200||31||11||98||Not Really|
|Invisible reserve G getting 15 minutes a game and occasionally flirting with trillions.|
|F||35||Aaron Falzon||So.||6'8, 225||31||19||114||Not At All|
|Just A Shooter hitting 40%.|
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