The Northwestern Wildcats (0-1) clash with the Providence Friars (2-0) at Welsh-Ryan Arena. The game starts at 9 p.m. ET on Wednesday, November 13, 2019.
Providence Friars at Northwestern Wildcats Free Prediction
The Friars come in on a high note after dismantling the NJIT Highlanders in their last game, 76-47. The Friars had a much better offensive rebounding percentage (38.5 vs. 21.6) and had a much better turnover percentage (19.5 vs. 29.0). Alpha Diallo fueled Providence with 15 points and 10 rebounds.
In the Wildcats’ last matchup, they fell to the Merrimack Warriors, 71-61. Merrimack’s effective field goal percentage was their largest advantage over Northwestern. The Warriors had a rate of 0.541, while the Wildcats posted a mark of 0.396. With 19 points on 7-for-15 shooting, Pete Nance was Northwestern’s leading scorer.
Northwestern could have their way on the defensive side of the ball as they go head-to-head against one of the worst offenses in the country. The Wildcats rank 30th in effective field goal percentage allowed (0.469), while Providence is 283rd in effective field goal percentage (0.486) since last season.
Providence Friars vs. Northwestern Wildcats Free Pick
Pick: SU Winner – Northwestern+8
Providence ranks 42nd in steals per game (7.6) while Northwestern ranks 223rd (5.4).
The Friars rank 99th in rebounds per game (36.8) while the Wildcats rank 239th (34.0).
Providence averages 15.0 assists per game, which ranks 56th in the country. Northwestern ranks 165th in assists allowed per game (13.2).
The Wildcats rank 136th in three pointers attempted per game (23.0) while the Friars rank 230th (20.9).
Providence blocks 4.3 opponent shots per game, which ranks 53rd in the country. Northwestern ranks 124th in blocks allowed per game (3.2).