Now I realize that it takes a lot of nerve to play an under with these new hand-checking rules but the books are suddenly over-adjusting. As Kenpom has pointed out, the increase in scoring is not as drastic as perception due partly to poorer field goal and free throw percentages.
Anyway, this early in the year, sometimes one game can skew linemakers. Case in point, Stanford lost to BYU in a game where BOTH teams scored over 100 points. So with snail Northwestern coming to town, the oddsmakers still hung a 157 total on this game. All of the postgame quotes from Stanford players and coaches talk about how the emphasis will be on defense. And Northwestern will slow the game down as much as they can. So barring some late game foul parades or overtime, this game should finish comfortably under the number.
UNDER 157 (available now on BOL)