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Northwestern vs. Purdue - 3/9/19 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Purdue at Northwestern
Date & Time Saturday March 9, 2019, 2:30 PM (EST)
Welsh-Ryan Arena
Evanston, Illinois
The Line
The Line: Northwestern +7 -- Over/Under: 133
TV Channel
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The Purdue Boilermakers and Northwestern Wildcats meet Saturday in college basketball action at the Welsh-Ryan Arena.

The Purdue Boilermakers look for another win after winning 10 of their last 12 games. The Purdue Boilermakers are averaging 76.5 points on 44.8 percent shooting and allowing 66.9 points on 41.9 percent shooting. Carsen Edwards is averaging 23.4 points and three assists while Ryan Cline is averaging 12 points and 2.9 rebounds. Matt Haarms is grabbing 5.4 rebounds and Nojel Eastern is dishing 2.5 assists. The Purdue Boilermakers are shooting 37 percent from beyond the arc and 72.9 percent from the free throw line. The Purdue Boilermakers are allowing 33.9 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 34.2 rebounds per game. The Purdue Boilermakers have won five of their last seven road games.

The Northwestern Wildcats need a win after losing 10 of their last 11 games. The Northwestern Wildcats are averaging 66.1 points on 40.5 percent shooting and allowing 64.6 points on 41.9 percent shooting. Vic Law is averaging 15.1 points and 6.3 rebounds while Dererk Pardon is averaging 14.1 points and 1.8 assists. Ryan Taylor is the third double-digit scorer and A.J. Turner is grabbing 2.4 rebounds. The Northwestern Wildcats are shooting 31.2 percent from beyond the arc and 73.1 percent from the free throw line. The Northwestern Wildcats are allowing 29.2 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 30.9 rebounds per game. The Northwestern Wildcats have lost four of their last five home games.

The Boilermakers are 0-4 ATS in their last 4 road games, 3-1-1 ATS in their last 5 Saturday games and 5-1-1 ATS in their last 7 games following a ATS loss. The Wildcats are 0-2-2 ATS in their last 4 Saturday games, 1-3-1 ATS in their last 5 home games and 1-5-1 ATS in their last 7 games overall. The road team is 5-1 ATS in the last 6 meetings and the under is 5-0 in the last 5 meetings. The under is 8-3 in Wildcats last 11 overall. The over is 5-2 in Boilermakers last 7 road games.

The Purdue Boilermakers are obviously the better team here, but they've been shaky on the road where they're losing by an average of 2.7 points and shooting just 38.6 percent from the field. Purdue is also just 6-9 ATS on the road this season. The Northwestern Wildcats have nothing much to play for, but they did smoke the boots of Ohio State and has senior night for a group of four seniors. You can bet Vic Law and Dererk Pardon want to end their careers at home on the right foot. I'll take a shot with Northwestern and the free buckets.

Northwestern +7

Randy Chambers has been with Sports Chat Place since 2014 and covers everything from the NFL to WNBA and tennis. Nobody works harder in this business in terms of content produced and amount of sports covered. Formerly a lead college football writer with Bleacher Report and has had his work featured at Fox Sports, CBS Sports and various other outlets.

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