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Purdue Doesn’t Lose Two Games In A Row

Purdue has historically come back with a vengeance following a loss, as the Boilermakers have gone 13-1 SU in their past 14 coming off an L. It may not be as simple as one would expect, as Purdue hosts the surprisingly strong Northwestern Wildcats on Wednesday.

Shark Bites
  • Northwestern is 3-1 ATS in its last 4 games against Purdue.
  • Purdue is 12-4 ATS in its last 16 games as favorite.
  • The total has gone UNDER in 4 of the past 5 games between Purdue and Northwestern.

The Boilermakers will go as far as their defense will take them, as Purdue has held opponents to just 66.8 ppg across the entire season but has allowed 81.4 ppg in losses. The Boilermakers are coming off a tough 83-80 loss to unranked Nebraska despite holding the lead in the final minute of play. Of course, you can’t talk about Purdue without talking about Caleb Swanigan. Maybe the most dominant big in the country, Swanigan is averaging 18.5 points and 12.7 rebounds while recording a double-double in 18 of 21 games this year.

It seemed like it was going to be another middling season for Northwestern after the team opened the conference schedule 1-2, but this isn’t the same old Wildcats. Northwestern has rattled off six consecutive wins, while holding teams to just 61.3 ppg, and is now ranked for just the second time in program history. Nobody in the Big Ten has defended as well as Northwestern with Chris Collins’ team holding opponents to 38.3 percent from the floor and 30.7 from beyond the arc.

Opening Odds & Computer Pick

The Purdue Boilermakers were listed as -7-point favorites at most sportsbooks tracked by OddsShark earlier in the day. It opened first at BetOnline, where the OVER/UNDER betting odds total was expected shortly.

Northwestern Wildcats vs Purdue Boilermakers Matchup

Team Betting Records & Power Rankings

The Purdue Boilermakers bring a 17-5 record (12-7 ATS) to this tilt against the 18-4 Wildcats, who are 15-5 ATS. Those OVER/UNDER betting have witnessed Purdue go 12-6-1 so far and the Northwestern Wildcats go 7-12-1.

The Purdue Boilermakers sit at No. 16 in the current college hoops power poll here at Odds Shark, while the Northwestern Wildcats sit at No. 29 on the same chart.

Statistical Matchup

When it comes to rebounds, the visiting Northwestern Wildcats rank No. 49 in NCAA Basketball Division 1 with 38.68 per game. That compares with Purdue’s No. 38 ranking in that category. The story is different when it comes to three-point shooting where Purdue is college basketball's No. 19-ranked team at 9.59 per game, while the Northwestern Wildcats rate No. 89 with 8.09 per game.

Recent Outings Betting Recap

Northwestern earned a 68-55 victory over Indiana on Sunday, getting 21 points from Bryant McIntosh at Welsh-Ryan Arena.

Dakota Mathias scored 19 points in a futile effort to lead the Boilermakers to a win (they lost 83-80 to Nebraska at Pinnacle Bank Arena on Sunday).

Betting Trends
  • Northwestern is 5-0 ATS in its last 5 games
  • Northwestern is 5-0 SU in its last 5 games
  • The total has gone UNDER in 4 of Northwestern's last 5 games
  • Northwestern is 7-1 ATS in its last 8 games on the road
  • Purdue is 4-2 ATS in its last 6 games
  • Purdue is 12-3 SU in its last 15 games
  • The total has gone OVER in 4 of Purdue's last 5 games
  • Purdue is 4-1 ATS in its last 5 games at home

Next Betting Matchups

Northwestern home to Illinois, Tuesday, February 7th
Purdue at Maryland, Saturday, February 4th