Northwestern Wildcats vs. Purdue Boilermakers
The Northwestern Wildcats and the Purdue Boilermakers face off on Tuesday in Evanston in Big Ten college basketball. The Boilermakers are -1 point favorites over the Wildcats with an over/under point total set at 124.
The Northwestern Wildcats have won two of their last three games but they are still 2-4 in Big Ten play for the season. Northwestern is tied for ninth place in the Big 10 standings and they are 7-4 at home this season. Drew Crawford leads the Wildcats averaging 15.1 points and 7.2 rebounds per game. JerShonn Cobb is averaging 11.3 points, Tre Demps is averaging 10.3 points, and Alex Olah is averaging 8.8 points and 5.3 rebounds. Northwestern is averaging 61.9 points and they are shooting 39.8 percent from the floor while defensively they are allowing 63.7 points and their opponents are shooting 40.9 percent. Northwestern is a game under .500 for the year.
The Purdue Boilermakers have won three games in a row to raise their record in the Big Ten to 3-2. Purdue is tied for fourth place in the Big 10 and they are 3-4 away from home this season. Terone Johnson is averaging 13.4 points to lead Purdue. Ronnie Johnson is averaging 10.8 points, A.J. Hammons is averaging 9.8 points and 6.9 rebounds, and Bryson Scott is averaging 7.7 points. Purdue is averaging 76 points and they are shooting 44.1 percent while defensively they are allowing 69.8 points and their opponent are shooting 41 percent. Purdue is looking like a bubble team for the NCAA Tournament.
Northwestern is 2-5 against the spread against the Big Ten, 2-6 against the spread in their last eight games, and 1-4 against the spread in their last five home games. Purdue is 4-0 against the spread in their last four road games against a team with a winning home record, 1-5 against the spread against a team with a losing record, and 8-2 against the spread following a game that they didn’t cover the point spread. The favorite is 4-1-1 against the spread in the last six meetings of these two.
The total on this one seems to be on the low side so my pick is on the Over.