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Purdue Boilermakers vs. Northwestern Wildcats Pick, Odds, Prediction 3/9/14

Northwestern Wildcats (12-18) at Purdue Boilermakers (15-15)

College Basketball: Sunday, March 9, 2014 at 12:00 pm (Mackey Arena)

The Line: Purdue Boilermakers -9 -- Over/Under: See the Latest Odds

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The Purdue Boilermakers and the Northwestern Wildcats face off on Sunday in West Lafayette in Big Ten college basketball.

The Purdue Boilermakers have lost five games in a row and 10 of their last 12 as they have staggered down the stretch. Purdue is 5-12 in the Big Ten and 12-4 at home this season. Terone Johnson leads the Boilermakers averaging 12.1 points per game. Ronnie Johnson is averaging 11.1 points, A.J. Hammons is averaging 10.6 points and 7.5 rebounds, and Kendall Stephens is averaging 8.0 points. Purdue is averaging 72.9 points and they are shooting 43 percent while defensively they are allowing 71.9 points and their opponents are shooting 42.1 percent. Purdue lost by three earlier this season at Northwestern.

Purdue Boilermakers vs. Northwestern Wildcats Pick, Odds, Prediction 3/9/14

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The Northwestern Wildcats have lost seven games in a row and they are tied for last place in the Big Ten. Northwestern is 5-12 in the Big 10 and 4-9 in games played away from home. Drew Crawford leads the Wildcats averaging 15.1 points and 6.6 rebounds. Tre Demps is averaging 10.9 points and Alex Olah is averaging 9.0 points and 5.3 rebounds. Northwestern is averaging 59.1 points and they are shooting 39.2 percent while defensively they are allowing 63.2 points and their opponents are shooting 41.5 percent. Northwestern will add another year to their streak of years not making the NCAA Tournament.

Purdue is 2-7 against the spread in their last nine home games, 2-10 against the spread following a game that they didn’t cover the spread, and 1-6 against the spread against the spread against a team with a losing record. Northwestern is 1-6 against the spread in their last seven games, 1-4 against the spread following a game that they didn’t cover the point spread, and 1-5 against the spread following a loss. The favorite is 11-5-1 against the spread in the 17 meetings of these two.

This is just way too many points and the play here is Northwestern.

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Northwestern Wildcats +9

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