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How and what to watch for Northwestern vs. No. 24 Purdue

The Wildcats have lost eight in a row and are Purdue has won three of their last five.

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Purdue Boilermakers guard Jaden Ivey shoots as Maryland Terrapins forward Donta Scott defend durning the second half at Xfinity Center. Tommy Gilligan-USA TODAY Sports

The reeling 6-9 Northwestern Wildcats will try to get back on track on Saturday as they head to West Lafayette to take on the No. 24 Purdue Boilermakers (12-7).

Northwestern started the season on fire and were even ranked in the AP top 25 for a spell. But they’ve totally collapsed losing eight games in a row, and haven’t won since December 29. They’re averaging 66 points per game over their last five, while giving up 78 in that same span. The star of the team is Pete Nance, who averages over 10 points per game and leads the team with nearly seven boards per contest. The offense is sluggish at best and their possessions are far too short.

Purdue has won three of their last five games and has made a bit of a run in the Big Ten standings, sitting just 2.5 games back behind Michigan. Defensively, the Boilermakers allow a mere 66 points per game to their opponent, which is ranked 24th-best in the nation. Offensively they could use a bit of help, only scoring 70 points per game, but are ranked in the top-50 in KenPom’s offensive efficiency metric. Trevion Williams leads the team in both points, 15.5, and rebounds per game, 9.9 per game. Overall they have just two guys in double figures, so the Wildcats will need to try and shut Williams down.

Game Time/TV Channel/Streaming

You can watch Northwestern vs. Purdue on Saturday, February 6th at 4:00 p.m. ET on Big Ten Network, or you can stream it via the Fox Sports Go app with a cable or streaming service login. If you don’t have a cable login to access the Fox Sports Go app, you can get a free trial from YouTube TV, Hulu with Live TV, AT&T TV Now, FuboTV, or Sling TV to stream it.

Point Spread, Totals, Odds, Trends

Point spread: Purdue -7
Point Total: 137
Money line: Northwestern +255, Purdue -335

  • NU is 6-8 ATS this year, with Purdue at 9-9-1
  • The Wildcats are 2-4 ATS on the road, with Purdue at 3-4-1 at home.

The Best Bet

Purdue is the wrong type of team to get healthy against. Northwestern’s scoring woes should continue on the road. They won’t go winless in 2021, but they won’t get the W here.

Pick: Purdue -335 ML

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