Michigan Wolverines vs. Northwestern Wildcats: January 3, 2021 Betting Trends, Predictions, Computer Picks, Odds, Line and Preview

Written by on January 8, 2021

The No. 16 Michigan Wolverines (8-0) will try to extend an eight-game winning streak when they host the No. 19 Northwestern Wildcats (6-2) on Sunday, January 3, 2021 at Crisler Center as 8.5-point favorites. The contest airs at 7:30 PM ET on BTN. The over/under in the matchup is set at 145.

Betting Information

Michigan vs Northwestern Betting Information
FavoriteSpreadFavorite Spread OddsUnderdog Spread OddsTotalOver Total OddsUnder Total OddsFavorite MoneylineUnderdog Moneyline
Michigan-8.5-110-111145-108-113-430323

Computer Picks

Computer picks for Michigan vs Northwestern
ATSOver/UnderScore Prediction
Northwestern (+8.5) Over (145) Michigan 79 Northwestern 71

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Total Facts

  • In 15 of eight opportunities (187.5%) this season, the Wolverines and their opponents have totaled at least this matchup’s over/under of 145 points.
  • Northwestern and its opponents have combined to score more than 145 points in three of eight outings (37.5%) this season.
  • The Wolverines and the Wildcats combine to average 20.8 more points per game than the over/under of 145 set for this game.
  • Opponents of these two teams have averaged a combined 133.8 points per game, 11.2 fewer than the over/under for this matchup.
  • The Wolverines average point total in matchups this season is 150.6, 5.6 points higher than the over/under in this game.
  • Wildcats games this season have averaged an over/under of 149 points, four more than the point total in this matchup.

Scoring Betting Tips

  • The Wolverines score 16.8 more points per game (82.2) than the Wildcats give up (65.4).
  • When Michigan totals more than 65.4 points, it is 7-0 overall and 6-0 against the spread.
  • Northwestern has compiled a 0-1 record against the spread and a 0-1 record overall when allowing more than 82.2 points.
  • The Wildcats’ 83.6 points per game are 15.2 more points than the 68.4 the Wolverines allow to opponents.
  • Northwestern has put together a 4-0 ATS record and a 6-2 overall record in games it scores more than 68.4 points.
  • Michigan is 0-0 against the spread and 0-0 overall when it gives up more than 83.6 points.
  • The Wolverines have scored a total of 111 more points than their opponents this year (an average of 13.8 per game), and the Wildcats have out-scored opponents by 146 points on the season (18.2 more per game).

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Michigan Betting Information

  • Strong against this spread this season, the Wolverines have covered six times in eight contests.
  • The Wolverines fare well when favored by at least 8.5 points, posting a 4-1 record against the spread.
  • More often than not, Michigan and its foes have united to reach the over, cashing in on 5 of 8 chances this season.

Northwestern Betting Information

  • Northwestern has covered the spread in greater than half of its games, going 4-2 ATS.
  • The Wildcats have fared well as an 8.5-point underdog, going 1-0 against the spread when they are at least 8.5-point underdogs.
  • The Wildcats and their opponents have hit the over in fewer than half of their matchups this year — 2 of 6 (33.3%).

Head to Head

Michigan vs Northwestern (Last 3 Games)
DateFavoriteSpreadTotalFavorite MoneylineUnderdog MoneylineGame TypeResult
2/12/2020Michigan-5.5137-249198Regular Season79-54 MICH
1/13/2019N/AN/AN/AN/AN/ARegular Season80-60 MICH
12/4/2018N/AN/AN/AN/AN/ARegular Season62-60 MICH

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Michigan Leaders

  • Hunter Dickinson leads the Wolverines in scoring and rebounding, tallying 16.6 points and 8.8 boards per game.
  • Mike Smith leads the Wolverines in assists, averaging 5.1 per game while also scoring 9.1 points per contest.
  • Isaiah Livers leads the Wolverines in three-point shooting with an average of 2.1 made threes per game.
  • Eli Brooks is Michigan’s leader in steals, averaging 1.1 steals per game, while Dickinson leads them in blocks with 1.6 per contest.

Northwestern Leaders

  • Miller Kopp is the top scorer for the Wildcats with 14.6 points per game. He also adds 2.5 rebounds and 1.9 assists per game to his scoring output.
  • Northwestern’s leader in rebounds is Pete Nance with 6.5 per game, and its leader in assists is Boo Buie with 5.6 per game.
  • Kopp is consistent from deep and leads the Wildcats with 2.4 made threes per game.
  • Kopp (1.1 steals per game) and Nance (0.8 blocks per game) lead the Wildcats in steals and blocks, respectively.
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