Purdue vs Northwestern Prediction, College Basketball Game Preview

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Purdue vs Northwestern prediction, college basketball game preview, how to watch: Wednesday, February 16


Purdue vs Northwestern How To Watch

Date: Wednesday, February 16
Game Time: 9:00 ET
Venue: Welsh-Ryan Arena, Evanston, IL
How To Watch: BTN
Record: Purdue (22-4), Northwestern (12-11)
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Why Purdue Will Win

Purdue had no problems in the 80-60 win over Northwestern the first time around back a few weeks ago because it hit 12 threes, was just fine on the inside, and it managed to outrebound the Wildcats without much of a problem.

Northwestern isn’t just this cute plucky team – it can score, and it wants to get the O going. Purdue is a whole lot better than that.

Northwestern doesn’t have the defense from three to hold up if Purdue gets going again, and worse than that, it gets hit with a whole lot of fouls and should get whacked on the free throw line.

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Why Northwestern Will Win

This is an interesting team at home.

It doesn’t win as much as it should, but it plays everyone tight.

It game Illinois a fight in a low scoring tussle two weeks ago, it lost in two overtimes to Maryland, and it’s been able to give team after team a tough run.

The consistency isn’t there, but Purdue hasn’t exactly been all that steady lately. The shooting has been just okay, and the defense went bye-bye at Michigan – the team is just as likely to put up 62 as it is 82.

The Wildcats have to hang around, hit at least 45% from the field, rebound well defensively, and …

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What’s Going To Happen

Northwestern will play just well enough to get its heart broken.

Purdue will get several more attempts on the free throw line than Northwestern, and it’ll do a far, far better job on the boards when it has to.

It’ll still be a struggle, but the Boilermakers will get by with a late push.

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Purdue 77, Northeastern 70
Line: Purdue -5, o/u: 146.5
ATS Confidence out of 5: 2

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