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Can Indiana pick up its 20th win of the season in the recently renovated Welsh-Ryan Arena? Or will Northwestern notch its fourth straight B1G victory for the first time since 1967?

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BREAKING NEWS

<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" lang="en"><p>Sophomore Collin Hartman will not play this evening. Out with a lower leg bruise. <a href="http://t.co/NNwqRdTG3t">pic.twitter.com/NNwqRdTG3t</a></p>— IndianaMBB (@IndianaMBB) <a href="https://twitter.com/IndianaMBB/status/570722057853513730">February 25, 2015</a></blockquote>
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Welp, Collin Hartman's out for this one, after banging his knee pretty badly against Rutgers on Sunday. This mean it's time for HMP and Emmitt to step it up tonight.

GAME INFO

Who? Northwestern Wildcats (13-14 (4-10), #110 KenPom) v. Indiana Hoosiers (19-9 (9-6), #42 KenPom)

When? Wednesday, February 25, 7:00 PM, Big Ten Network

Vegas? INDIANA -2.5

Pomeroy? INDIANA by 2, 56% chance of Indiana victory

A RECENT PATTERN FOR THE HOOSIERS

Recently, IU has fallen into a bit of a pattern in terms of B1G games:

Loss at Purdue

Win vs. Rutgers

Loss at Wisconsin

Win vs. Michigan

Loss at Maryland

Win vs. Minnesota

Loss vs. Purdue

Win at Rutgers

If this pattern holds up, the Hoosiers would be in line for a loss tonight. And while Northwestern has been a perennial B1G bottom-feeder, they are currently on a three-game winning streak. In addition, this is a team that knocked off IU in Assembly Hall last season. Thus, despite the fact that they are "just Northwestern" (as our Iowa friends might say), this is not a game that the Hoosiers can take lightly.

OTHER STORYLINES

  • Will Bryant McIntosh become the next Indiana native have a big game against the Hoosiers?
  • Will 7-foot Romanian center Alex Olah put up big numbers in the paint, especially with Hartman out?
  • Can Hanner Mosquera-Perea repeat the terrific performance he had against Rutgers?
  • Can IU take advantage of Northwestern's 2-3 zone that has given other B1G teams fits recently?
  • How great is it that Northwestern finally gave its court a new paint job?
  • How cool is this old timey photo of Northwestern and IU playing football from 1963?

It's IU's last true road game of the season. Enjoy the game and leave your comments below.