Purdue vs. Northwestern - 2/16/16 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction
Northwestern Wildcats (17-9) at Purdue Boilermakers (20-6)
College Basketball: Tuesday, February 16, 2016 at 7:00 pm (Mackey Arena)
The Line: Purdue Boilermakers -13 -- Over/Under: See the Latest Odds
The Northwestern Wildcats and Purdue Boilermakers meet Tuesday night at the Mackey Arena.
The Northwestern Wildcats could use a win after losing six of their last eight games. The Northwestern Wildcats are averaging 72.2 points on 44.9 percent shooting and allowing 66.2 points on 40.3 percent shooting. Tre Demps is averaging 14.8 points and 3.5 rebounds while Bryant McIntosh is averaging 14.3 points and 6.7 assists. Alex Olah is the third double-digit scorer and Aaron Falzon is grabbing 3.7 rebounds. The Northwestern Wildcats are shooting 35.3 percent from beyond the arc and 66.5 percent from the free throw line. The Wildcats are allowing 34.6 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 37 rebounds per game. The Northwestern Wildcats have lost four straight road games.
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The Purdue Boilermakers look to stay hot after winning six of their last nine games. The Purdue Boilermakers are averaging 77.6 points on 45.9 percent shooting and allowing 63.6 points on 38.1 percent shooting. A.J. Hammons is averaging 14.5 points and eight rebounds while Vince Edwards is averaging 10.2 points and 3.1 assists. Isaac Haas is the third double-digit scorer and Caleb Swanigan is grabbing 8.6 rebounds. The Purdue Boilermakers are shooting 35.7 percent from beyond the arc and 74.2 percent from the free throw line. The Boilermakers are allowing 30.9 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 42.2 rebounds per game. The Purdue Boilermakers have won five straight home games.
The Wildcats are 0-4 ATS in their last 4 games vs. a team with a winning straight up record and 1-5 ATS in their last 6 games overall. The Boilermakers are 5-1 ATS in their last 6 Tuesday games and 1-6 ATS in their last 7 games overall. The Wildcats are 1-3-1 ATS in the last 5 meetings in Purdue.
Despite a losing stretch, Northwestern is still a talented team you don't want to over look. The Wildcats still took Maryland to overtime on the road and made a decent comeback against Iowa. There's still talent in Northwestern and value to getting a ton of points considering oddsmakers kind of giving up on them. So, while Purdue is the better team, I'm siding with the points here.