Michigan has won five of its last six games. Northwestern has lost five of its last seven games. And now, two teams on different trajectories but still in contention for a top-four finish in the Big Ten meet Wednesday night at Welsh-Ryan Arena in Evanston, Ill.
Tip-off is scheduled for 7 p.m. ET.
The Wolverines (19-10, 9-7 Big Ten) are coming off an 82-70 win against league-leading Purdue on Saturday, while Northwestern (20-9, 9-7) lost in heartbreaking fashion, 63-62, at Indiana the same day. A Michigan win would be the 209th for head coach John Beilein and tie him with Johnny Orr for the most in school history. A Northwestern win would give the Wildcats a school record for most victories in a season and put them one step closer to a first-ever NCAA Tournament berth.
Whichever team loses is out of the race for a double-bye in the Big Ten Tournament next week; the winner will still have a shot at an extra day’s rest.
Here’s everything you need to know about how to watch/listen to the Michigan at Northwestern matchup:
Michigan at Northwestern: game time, details
Time: 6 p.m. CT/7 p.m. ET tip
Date: Wednesday, March, 1
Location: Welsh-Ryan Arena, Evanston, Ill.
The line: Northwestern is favored by 1 point.
Which TV channel station is Michigan at Northwestern on?
The game will be broadcast on Big Ten Network.
How can I watch Michigan at Northwestern online?
How can I listen to Michigan at Northwestern on the radio?
For Michigan: 950 AM (WWJ-Detroit), 102.9 FM (WWWW-Ann Arbor) and 1050 AM (WTKA-Ann Arbor) are the primary stations for the U-M Radio. Click here for other Michigan radio affiliates.
For Northwestern: 1160 AM (WYLL).
It can also be heard on Sirius/XM Channel 84 and Internet Channel 84.
Who is calling the Michigan at Northwestern game?
Kevin Kugler will handle play-by-play for BTN with analyst Stephen Bardo. Matt Shepard will handle the play-by-play duties with analyst Terry Mills on the U-M Radio Network. Dave Eanet does play-by-play for Northwestern, with analyst Joey Meyer.
Three keys to the Michigan at Northwestern game
McIntosh vs. Walton Jr.
Northwestern junior guard Brandon McIntosh is averaging 18.2 points and 5.5 assists in his last 11 games, while Michigan senior Derrick Walton Jr. is putting up 17.9 points, 6.8 rebounds and 4.9 assists in his last 10. Walton had 17 points and a game-high 11 rebounds against Purdue and is the catalyst of Michigan’s play on both sides of the court.
But it’s the help he has received that is the difference in the teams’ recent results. Junior guard Muhammad-Ali Abdur-Rahkman has scored in double figures four straight games and seven of his last nine. He’s shooting 57.3 percent from the field in that span, including 48.1 percent from 3-point range. Sophomore forward Moritz Wagner had a career-high 24 points against Purdue, including 22 in the first half.
The health of Scottie Lindsey
Northwestern’s leading scorer (14.4 ppg) missed four games last month because of mono, a stretch in which the Wildcats went 1-3. He has played the three games but has made just 9 of 34 shots from the field and 2 of his 16 3-point attempts since his return. He was better against Indiana, however, scoring 13 points and playing 34 minutes.
A healthy Lindsey also helps Northwestern’s defense, which is No. 2 in the Big Ten in opponent scoring (64.7 ppg), No. 1 in field-goal percentage against (39.5) and No. 4 in 3-point field-goal percentage against (32.8). Michigan is scoring 74.3 ppg, making 47.5 percent of its field goals and hitting 38.2 percent of its 3-point shots. The Wolverines have made 273 3-pointers, most in the Big Ten.
Handling the moment
Northwestern’s late slide has taken the Wildcats from being a near-certainty to earn the program’s first NCAA berth to looking over their shoulder. They are 13-3 at home this season but host Purdue in their regular-season finale Sunday. The neck muscles get stretched out a little more with a loss to Michigan.
Michigan is just 2-7 on the road this season, including an escape at last-place Rutgers last week. The Wolverines haven’t packed the same confidence — and shooting stroke — for their trips away from Crisler Center. They finish up at Nebraska on Sunday but would like to have win No. 20 wrapped up beforehand.