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
Favorite Spread Favorite Spread Odds Underdog Spread Odds Total Over Total Odds Under Total Odds Favorite Moneyline Underdog Moneyline
Michigan -8.5 -110 -111 145 -108 -113 -430 323

Computer Picks

Computer picks for Michigan vs Northwestern
ATS Over/Under Score 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)
Date Favorite Spread Total Favorite Moneyline Underdog Moneyline Game Type Result
2/12/2020 Michigan -5.5 137 -249 198 Regular Season 79-54 MICH
1/13/2019 N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A Regular Season 80-60 MICH
12/4/2018 N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A Regular Season 62-60 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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