Purdue at Northwestern: 2/16/22 College Basketball Picks and Predictions

Purdue at Northwestern: 2/16/22 College Basketball Picks and Predictions Photo by Nikos Frazier / Journal & Courier / USA TODAY NETWORK

Northwestern Wildcats (12-11) vs Purdue Boilermakers (22-4)

Game Info: Wednesday, February 16, 2022 at 9:00 pm (Welsh-Ryan Arena)

Betting Odds: Northwestern Wildcats +4.5 -- Over/Under: 150.5 Click Here for the Latest Odds

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The Purdue Boilermakers and Northwestern Wildcats face off on Wednesday in a college basketball showdown at Welsh-Ryan Arena. When these two teams faced off on January 23rd it was Purdue that won 80-60. 

Purdue was led by Sasha Stefanovic who finished with 22 points, two rebounds, and three assists. Boo Buie was the top player for Northwestern scoring 17 points, four rebounds, and three assists. 

Purdue comes into this game with a 22-4 record overall and they have gone 13-13 against the spread. In the last game against Maryland, Purdue played down to the competition a bit, but they won by a point. Purdue is averaging 82.6 points while their defense is giving up 68.9 points per game. The best player this season for Purdue has been Jayden Ivey who is averaging 17.4 points while shooting 47.7 percent from the field and 40 percent from behind the three point line. There are four different players that are averaging at least 11 points per game. 

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On the other side of this matchup is the Northwestern Wildcats who sit with a 12-11 record overall and they have gone 11-11 against the spread. Northwestern had won three games in a row heading into their last game against Illinois. In that last game, Northwestern only scored 66 points, and although they were competitive, they still lost by seven points. The WIldcats are averaging 74.7 points while their defense is giving up 68 points per game. Boo Buie has been the top player for Northwestern averaging 15.1 points while shooting 40.1 percent from the field and 35.2 percent from deep. 

The under is 10-1 in Northwestern’s last 11 games against a team with a winning straight up record. The under is 4-0 in Northwestern’s last four games against a team with a winning percentage above .600. 

Northwestern’s offense has been stronger this season, but I expect their defense is going to have some major issues slowing down Purdue, and that is going to be the difference in this game in terms of the total. I expect the pace of this play is going to be fast and the over is going to cash. 

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The pick in this article is the opinion of the writer, not a PickDawgz site consensus.

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