Northwestern Wildcats vs. Purdue Boilermakers - 1/31/15 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction
Purdue Boilermakers (13-8) at Northwestern Wildcats (10-10)
College Basketball: Saturday, January 31, 2015 at 6:00 pm (Welsh-Ryan Arena)
The Line: Northwestern Wildcats +2 -- Over/Under: See the Latest Odds
TV: ESPN U
The Purdue Boilermakers will travel to Welsh-Ryan Arena to take on the Northwestern Wildcats his Saturday evening in College Basketball action.
The Purdue Boilermakers improved to 13-8 (5-3 Big Ten) on the season after defeating the 22nd ranked Indiana Hoosiers 83-67 this past Wednesday. Purdue shot 58.7% from the field and held Indiana to just 21.1% (4-19) shooting from beyond the arc in the victory. Leading the way for the Boilermakers was Rapheal Davis who had 19 points, 5 rebounds, and 2 assists. Purdue is ranked 82nd in the RPI Standings and has played the 66th ranked SOS. On the season, the Boilermakers have been led by A.J. Hammons (10.7 ppg, 6.0 rpg, 2.8 bpg) and Rapheal Davis (10.6 ppg, 3.5 rpg, 2.5 apg). Offensively, Purdue is averaging 72.9 ppg (ranked 66th) on 46.3% shooting (ranked 58th). The Boilermakers average 15.7 apg (ranked 27th) and have a 1.21 assist/turnover ratio (ranked 64th). Defensively, Purdue is allowing their opponents to average 65.3 ppg (ranked 155th) on 40.0% shooting (ranked 78th). The Boilermakers average 5.6 bpg (ranked 250th) and grab 36.43 total rpg (ranked 91st).
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The Northwestern Wildcats lost their 6th straight game and dropped to 10-10 (1-6 Big Ten) on the season after being 68-67 to the 13th ranked Maryland Terrapins this past Sunday. Northwestern shot 54.2% from the field and 40.0% (8-20) from beyond the arc in the loss. Leading the way for the Wildcats was Bryant McIntosh who had 21 points, 3 rebounds, and 3 assists. Northwestern is ranked 129th in the RPI Standings and has played the 81st ranked SOS. On the season, the Wildcats have been led by Bryant McIntosh (12.4 ppg, 2.8 rpg, 4.5 apg) and Tre Demps (11.9 ppg, 3.5 rpg, 2.6 apg). Offensively, Northwestern is averaging 64.9 ppg (ranked 236th) on 43.6% shooting (ranked 164th). The Wildcats average 6.8 three-pointers per game (ranked 130th) and have a 1.23 assist/turnover ratio (ranked 55th). Defensively, Northwestern is holding their opponents to an average of 62.7 ppg (ranked 87th) on 41.5% shooting (ranked 127th). The Wildcats pull down 35.1 total rpg (ranked 161st) and have a rebound margin of 3.1 (ranked 94th).
The Boilermakers are 7-2 ATS in their last 9 vs. the Big Ten and 6-2 ATS in their last 8 games overall. The Wildcats are 4-0 ATS in their last 4 Saturday games and 7-1 ATS in their last 8 games following a S.U. loss.
Purdue got two huge wins at home against ranked teams which has really put them back in the conversation of the NCAA tournament. The Boilermakers have an efficient offense and move the ball well to create good shots. Northwestern might only be 1-6 in the Big Ten, however, outside of their loss to Wisconsin, they could have easily won any of the other five games. Northwestern has been on the cusp of another Big Ten victory and as Purdue can struggle away from home, I think Northwestern gets their 2nd Big Ten win. Take Northwestern and the points in this one.