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

On Wednesday, Northwestern travels to Crisler Arena to take on No. 1 Michigan. It takes place at 6:30 EST and you can catch it on Big Ten Network. The Wildcats fell to the Wolverines 94-66 on January 3rd and are 3-6 against them over the last four years.

Northwestern is 8th in the conference and Michigan is 1st. Both teams continue to jockey for position.

The Wildcats fell 64-49 to Nebraska on January 26th. Dave Sobolewski finished with 21 points and 6 rebounds in the loss. On top of a team-high 4.3 assists per game, he also scores 11.5 points per game. For the Wolverines, Trey Burke put up 19 points and 5 rebounds in the 74-60 win 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.

There are two important categories where Michigan has a statistical edge. The Wolverines have an advantage over the Wildcats in field goal percentage, with an average of 51% to 41%. In addition, Michigan has the edge in scoring, 78 points per game to 64 points per game. Areas of strength for Michigan include: effective field goal percentage at 58.2 and turnover percentage at 15.2.

Michigan StatSmack

  • Alex Olah is ranked 10th in the Big Ten in blocks.
  • At least you keep showing up. Northwestern has an average margin of victory of 7 over Michigan in 13 wins since 1980.
  • The Northwestern rebounding leader (Jared Swopshire) has more rebounds than the Michigan rebounding leader (Glenn Robinson III).
  • Northwestern has a much better NCSA Academic Ranking than Michigan (#12 vs #27).
  • Northwestern is better under pressure, and has defeated Michigan in 4 out of the last 7 games decided by 5 points or fewer.
  • Northwestern has a much lower average debt at graduation according to Kiplinger than Michigan ($20,802 vs $26,819).
  • Northwestern players are more experienced than Michigan players (12,622 minutes played vs 9,502 minutes played).
  • The Northwestern basketball team finishes what they start, with a better graduation rate than Michigan (90% vs 36%).
  • Northwestern has a much better NCSA Power Ranking than Michigan (#9 vs #24).
  • Dave Sobolewski is ranked 8th in the Big Ten in three-pointers and 5th in the Big Ten in assists.
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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