Northwestern vs. Michigan: Full Game Preview

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Northwestern vs. Michigan: Full Game Preview
Northwestern
(12-9, 5-2 away)
(1) Michigan
(19-1, 15-0 home)
Venue: Crisler Arena
6:30PM ET / 3:30PM PT, January 30, 2013
Team Leaders
Points Rebounds Assists
Northwestern R Hearn 14.0 J Swopshire 6.6 D Sobolewski 4.3
Michigan T Burke 17.9 G Robinson III 6.0 T Burke 7.1

No. 1 Michigan plays host to Northwestern at Crisler Arena on Wednesday. The game tips off at 6:30 EST and you can catch it on Big Ten Network. The Wolverines defeated the Wildcats 94-66 on January 3rd and are 6-3 against them over the past four years.

Michigan is in 1st place in the conference, Northwestern is in 8th place.

In their last match-up, Trey Burke finished with 19 points and 5 rebounds in the Wolverines 74-60 victory over Illinois on January 27th. He contributes a team-leading 17.9 points per game, 7.1 assists per game, and 1.4 steals per game. For the Wildcats, Jared Swopshire finished with 11 points and 16 rebounds in the 64-49 loss to Nebraska on January 26th. He averages 9.7 points per game in addition to a team-best 6.6 rebounds per game.

Michigan looks to have the advantage in two significant areas. With the edge in field goal percentage (51% to 41%), the Wolverines should find themselves in a good position on offense. Additionally, Michigan has the advantage over Northwestern in scoring, 78 points per game to 64 points per game.

Northwestern StatSmack

  • Michigan has a much lower in-state cost per year according to Kiplinger than Northwestern ($23,019 vs $54,190).
  • We're so much better than you, we get lazy. Michigan has come back to win after being down at half against Northwestern 6 times since 1997.
  • Nik Stauskas is ranked 50th nationally in three-pointers.
  • Michigan has a better conference record than Northwestern this season (6-1 vs 3-5).
  • Be afraid. Michigan has blown out more teams than Northwestern this season (8 blowouts vs 4).
  • Kids want to come here. Since 1998 Michigan has recruited more Top 50 high school players than Northwestern (11 vs 0).
  • The Michigan three-point leader (Nik Stauskas) has more three-pointers than the Northwestern three-point leader (Dave Sobolewski).
  • Michigan is a better three-point shooting team (40.8% vs 35.9%) than Northwestern this season.
  • Michigan is a better shooting team (51.0% vs 41.6%) than Northwestern this season.
  • You get an A for effort, but Michigan has emerged victorious against Northwestern the last 4 times they've played.
NU Players Mins Pts Reb Ast Stl Blk TO
B Reggie Hearn 32 14 4 2 1 0 2
B Jared Swopshire 32 9 7 2 1 0 1
B Dave Sobolewski 35 12 2 4 1 0 2
B Drew Crawford 32 14 5 2 1 1 2
C Alex Olah 21 6 4 2 0 1 1
C Tre Demps 15 7 2 1 0 0 1
C A. Marcotullio 18 4 3 2 1 0 1
C- Kale Abrahamson 14 5 2 0 0 0 1
C- Mike Turner 16 2 2 2 1 1 1
D Sanjay Lumpkin 7 1 1 1 0 0 1
D Nikola Cerina 4 1 2 0 0 0 0
D Chier Ajou 4 1 1 0 0 0 0
D J. Montgomery III 3 1 0 0 0 0 0
D Omar Jimenez 3 0 0 0 0 0 0
MICH Players Mins Pts Reb Ast Stl Blk TO
A+ Trey Burke 34 18 3 7 1 0 2
A- Tim Hardaway Jr 34 16 5 3 1 1 2
A- G. Robinson III 33 12 6 1 1 0 1
B+ Nik Stauskas 31 13 3 1 1 0 1
B- Mitch McGary 16 6 6 0 1 1 1
B- Jordan Morgan 20 6 5 0 1 0 1
C Caris LeVert 12 3 1 1 0 0 0
C Max Bielfeldt 6 2 2 0 0 0 0
C Jon Horford 9 2 2 0 0 0 0
C Spike Albrecht 7 2 1 1 0 0 0
D+ Blake McLimans 3 1 1 0 0 0 0
D+ Matt Vogrich 8 1 1 0 0 0 0
D+ Eso Akunne 3 1 1 0 0 0 0
D+ Corey Person 2 1 0 0 0 0 0
D J. Bartelstein 2 0 0 1 1 0 0
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