Northwestern (8-10, 1-4 Big Ten) returns to the road, traveling to Bloomington, Ind., for a Saturday afternoon matchup with Indiana (12-5, 2-2 Big Ten).
The Hoosiers are not the elite team that they were last year. But, they have been very tough at home this season, losing only once. Most recently, they defeated previously unbeaten and third-ranked Wisconsin on Tuesday.
Led by quick point guard Yogi Ferrell, Indiana is second in the Big Ten with 72.1 possessions per game.
Saturday will be a battle of tempo, as Northwestern plays slower than anyone in the conference with 63.5 possessions. (They rank No. 330 nationally.)
The Wildcats played their best games in the Big Ten their last two times out while utilizing a slow pace. They defeated Illinois in a game with only 58 possessions, and then played Michigan State close while setting a season-low 54 trips.
Northwestern will also cope with Indiana’s superior frontcourt of freshman Noah Vonleh, sophomore Jeremy Hollowell, and freshman Troy Williams.
Vonleh is one of the nation’s top newcomers. He averages 12.1 points and 9.0 boards. In conference play, he is shooting 6-of-7 on three-pointers and 18-of-22 at the foul line.
Northwestern center Alex Olah has made significant improvements on both ends of the floor this season, but this will be one of the tougher tasks assigned to him.
Opening tip at Assembly Hall is slated for 1:30 p.m. CT.
All advanced statistics are courtesy of KenPom.