The SIUE Cougars (2-7), who are currently riding a five-game losing streak, look to get back in the win column when they travel to Welsh-Ryan Arena to challenge the Northwestern Wildcats (4-4). Action gets underway at 4 p.m. ET on Sunday, December 15, 2019, and it can be seen on ESPNU.
SIUE Cougars at Northwestern Wildcats Betting Preview
In the Cougars’ last game, they were beaten by the Chicago State Cougars, 89-81. With 28 points on 11-for-16 shooting, Zeke Moore was the game’s high scorer. Chicago State did a terrific job of getting and making free throws (25-27; 92.6 percent). SIUE, meanwhile, had an offensive rebounding percentage of 35.7 (above their season average of 23.6).
The Wildcats are hoping for a better outcome after their 58-44 loss to the Purdue Boilermakers in their last matchup. Pete Nance was Northwestern’s leading scorer with 14 points on 6-for-12 shooting. Purdue’s 0.119 free throw rate was their biggest advantage over Northwestern, who had a mark of 0.057. The Boilermakers’ mark was below their season average of 0.195, while the Wildcats’ was below their season average of 0.287.
Based on historical performance heading into this one, ball security could play a significant role in this battle. Dating back to the 2018-19 season, Northwestern has committed the 47th-fewest miscues in the NCAA (turnover percentage of 16.8 percent), while the ball-hawking defense of SIUE has forced the 55th-most (opponents’ turnover percentage of 20.1 percent).
SIUE Cougars at Northwestern Wildcats ATS Prediction
Free Basketball Pick: SU Winner – Northwestern, ATS Winner – SIUE, O/U – Under
Betting Notes (2018-Present):
The Wildcats average 3.9 blocks per game, which ranks 74th in the country. The Cougars rank 77th in blocks allowed per game (3.0).
Northwestern averages 13.8 assists per game, which ranks 97th in the NCAA. SIUE ranks 230th in assists allowed per game (15.3).
The Wildcats rank 125th in three pointers attempted per game (22.4) while the Cougars rank 251st (20.6).
Northwestern ranks 186th in rebounds per game (34.4) while SIUE ranks 264th (33.9).