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Northwestern Wildcats vs Purdue Boilermakers Preview

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Jan 28, 4:00 PM | Welsh-Ryan Arena

Purdue Boilermakers vs Northwestern Wildcats Odds


Bettors will hope to hit paydirt on Saturday when the Northwestern Wildcats try to run the Boilermakers off the court at Welsh-Ryan Arena in college hoops action.

The Wildcats currently sports a 12-7 record overall in NCAAB action, and have posted a corresponding betting slate of 6-8 ATS. The Boilermakers are 14-7 and 9-10 ATS. Betting totals have seen the Wildcats produce a 9-5 OVER/UNDER record on the season, while the Boilermakers have gone 11-8 against the number.

View Purdue vs Northwestern Odds and Stats.

Betting Line:
Sportsbooks had the Wildcats installed as 1.5-point favorites in this particular matchup

Power Rankings / Prediction:
The Wildcats sit at No. 196 in the current college hoops power poll here at Odds Shark, while the Boilermakers sit at No. 61 on the same chart. The computers running our scores simulations have concluded that the Boilermakers will win this game 76-70.

How They Match Up:
Rating these schools in several key categories is important for handicappers and Northwestern has the nation's No. 151-rated offensive output, at 69.4 PPG. The visiting Boilermakers defense ranks No. 82 allowing on average 63.1 PPG. The Wildcats FG% has averaged 44.6% so far, more than the Boilermakers marksmen have achieved on the year, 43.7% per game.

Defensively, Purdue features the nation's No. 234-rated defense on the road, allowing 72.8 points per game. Northwestern, meanwhile, comes in at No. 157 nationally in scoring at home.

Purdue lost its last outing, a 66-64 result against Michigan on January 24. They failed to cover in that game as a 5-point favorite. Purdue suffered a 66-64 loss against Michigan on Tuesday, getting 17 points from Lewis Jackson in a losing effort at Mackey Arena.

Last time out for Northwestern, they were a 75-52 loser as they battled Minnesota on the road. They failed to cover in the match as a 5-point underdog. The Wildcats were hammered by Minnesota on Sunday, losing by a 75-52 final at Williams Arena in college basketball betting action.

Purdue Boilermakers Trends:
When playing on Saturday are 7-3
Before playing Indiana are 5-5
After playing Michigan are 4-6
After a loss are 8-2

Northwestern Wildcats Trends:
When playing on Saturday are 5-5
Before playing Nebraska are 0-1
After playing Minnesota are 3-7
After a loss are 6-4

A few Boilermakers at Wildcats trends to consider:
The total has gone OVER in 4 of Purdue's last 5 games on the road
The total has gone OVER in 4 of Purdue's last 6 games when playing on the road against Northwestern
Purdue is 2-5 SU in its last 7 games on the road
Purdue is 2-6 ATS in its last 8 games when playing on the road against Northwestern
The total has gone OVER in 5 of Northwestern's last 5 games when playing Purdue
Northwestern is 13-2 SU in its last 15 games at home
The total has gone UNDER in 4 of Northwestern's last 6 games
The total has gone OVER in 4 of Northwestern's last 6 games when playing at home against Purdue

Next up:
Purdue home to Indiana, Saturday, February 4
Northwestern home to Nebraska, Thursday, February 2