Northwestern Wildcats vs. Purdue Boilermakers
The Northwestern Wildcats and the Purdue Boilermakers face off on Saturday in Evanston for a Big Ten college basketball match up. The Wildcats are -1 point favorites over the Boilermakers with an over/under point total set at 119.
The Northwestern Wildcats have lost three of their last four games and now sit in eighth place in the Big 10 conference standings. Northwestern is 3-6 in Big Ten play, 7-7 at home this season, and they have played the 24th ranked schedule in the nation. As a team Northwestern is averaging 63.4 points, 14.9 assists, and they are shooting 41.4 percent while defensively they are allowing 61.8 points, 12.4 assists, and their opponents are shooting 41.7 percent. Reggie Hearn is averaging 13.7 points, Dave Sobolewski is averaging 11.2 points, and Jared Swopshire is averaging 9.6 points and 6.6 rebounds. Northwestern hits the road for their next two games after this one.
The Purdue Boilermakers have been winning the games they should be winning this season but haven’t been able to step it up as underdogs this year. Purdue is 2-3 on the road, 4-4 in the Big Ten, and they have played the 55th ranked schedule in the country. As a team Purdue is averaging 65.8 points, 13.6 assists, and they are shooting 41.9 percent while defensively they are allowing 63.2 points, 11.9 assists, and their opponents are shooting 39.1 percent. Terone Johnson is averaging 13.1 points and 5.0 rebounds, A.J. Hammons is averaging 10.7 points and 6.2 rebounds, and D.J. Byrd is averaging 10.1 points. Purdue has been solid for the most part but they are coming off of a 37 point blowout loss against Indiana.
Northwestern is 1-4 against the spread following a loss of 20 or more points and 1-4 against the spread after scoring less than 50 points their previous game. Purdue is 3-1-1 against the spread against the Big 10, 1-3-1 against the spread in their last five road games, and 4-1-1 against the spread in their last six games overall. The favorite is 9-4-1 against the spread in the last 14 meetings of these two.
Purdue has been the better team of these two and getting the small points is good enough for me as I like them to win outright.
Purdue Boilermakers +1 Northwestern Wildcats