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Michigan basketball at Northwestern: Scouting report, prediction

Michigan Wolverines basketball coach Juwan Howard speaks to the media on Tuesday, Feb. 11, 2020, in Ann Arbor. Detroit Free Press

Michigan's game against Northwestern on Wednesday night at Welsh-Ryan Arena is one the Wolverines can ill afford to lose.

The Wildcats (6-16, 1-11) have not had a banner season. They are last in the Big Ten, have lost seven in a row and 12 of their past 13. They will be hard-pressed to reach double-digit wins overall.

Michigan (14-9, 5-7) is on the right side of the NCAA tournament picture at the moment. But losing to Northwestern would be a significant blemish on the résumé.