The No. 2 Michigan Wolverines will defend their undefeated record against the Northwestern Wildcats at home on Sunday.
The game is scheduled to start at 7:30 p.m. ET and will be broadcast on the Big Ten Network. If you don’t have cable or can’t get to a TV, you can still watch a live stream of the game (or DVR it) on your computer, phone, or streaming device by signing up for one of the following cable-free, live-TV streaming services:
The Big Ten Network and the Big Ten Network “Extra Game channels” (the latter will televise extra games when there are overlapping ones on BTN at the same time) are included in FuboTV’s main package, which includes 75-plus total channels and is largely tailored towards sports fans. You can sign up for a free seven-day trial right here, and you can then watch a live stream of the game on your computer via the FuboTV website, or on your phone (Android and iPhone supported), tablet, Roku, Apple TV, Amazon Fire TV, Chromecast, or other supported device via the FuboTV app.
If you can’t watch live, FuboTV comes with 30 hours of Cloud DVR (with the ability to upgrade to 500 hours), as well as a handy “72-Hour Lookback” feature, which will allow you to watch the game on-demand up to three days after it airs even if you forgot to record it.
In addition to their extensive Netflix-like streaming library, Hulu now also offers a bundle of 50-plus live TV channels, including the Big Ten Network. You can sign up for “Hulu with Live TV” right here, and you can then watch a live stream of the game on your computer via the Hulu website, or on your phone (Android and iPhone supported), tablet, Roku, Apple TV, Amazon Fire TV, Chromecast, Xbox One, PlayStation 4, Nintendo Switch, Echo Show, or other streaming device via the Hulu app.
If you can’t watch live, “Hulu with Live TV” also comes with 50 hours of Cloud DVR storage (with the ability to upgrade to “Enhanced Cloud DVR,” which gives you 200 hours of DVR space and the ability to fast forward through commercials).
Additionally, you can watch a live stream of the game on your computer via the Big Ten website, or on your phone, tablet, or streaming device via the BTN2Go app. You’ll need to log in to a cable provider to watch this way, but if you don’t have that, you can still sign up for one of the above options and then use your FuboTV or Hulu credentials to sign in and watch on the BTN digital platforms.
Northwestern vs Michigan Preview
The Wolverines have yet to lose 16 games into their season, but the Wildcats gave them their biggest scare back on December 4, falling 62-60 when NU senior guard Ryan Taylor’s running three-pointer banked off the backboard and the rim as time expired.
“We probably could’ve got a better shot,” Northwestern center Dererk Pardon said, according to the Associated Press. “It was contested. We could’ve gotten a better one, but we’re still learning and moving forward.”
Pardon, a senior, scored a team-high 20 points to go with five rebounds and one of the Wildcats’ six blocks. Michigan freshman forward Iggy Brazdeikis led all scorers with 23 points, adding four boards, two assists, and a pair of steals.
The Wolverines had a tough time connecting from outside, going 5-of-20 from three-point range.
“I knew we were going to have to go through games like this if we were going to be good,” Wolverines head coach John Beilein said, per AP. “We survived it — I don’t know how — but we made just enough good plays down the stretch.”
The defeat was Northwestern’s second in as many Big Ten contests. They’re now 1-4 in conference play.
Most recently, they fell to Iowa 73-63 at home. The Hawkeyes outrebounded the Wildcats 40-32, and Iowa big man Luka Garza shot 11 free throws off the bench, scoring 16 points.
“There’s a lot of contact down there. They pound the paint, they go inside and it is not always on the big guys,” Northwestern head coach Chris Collins said, according to The Daily Northwestern. “The guards have to do a better job of making those passes tougher, the entry passes. The big guys have to do their work to try to make it a tough entry pass as well as the guards.”
Collins added: “They were able to get really deep position with guys behind them, whether it was Dererk or Barret [Benson]. [Garza] is a physical guy — he creates contact and he does a good job getting himself to the line.”
The Wolverines topped Illinois their last time out, overcoming 11 first-half turnovers to win 79-69. They coughed it up just three times in the second half.
“Our coaches got on us about our turnovers. … Just told us to pivot better, find the open guy, make the extra pass and just stay disciplined,” Michigan junior guard Zavier Simpson said, according to The Michigan Daily. “With them pressuring, they’re going to try to wear us down. You’re going to get tired as the game goes on, but it’s important that you just stay mentally disciplined.”