Purdue Boilermakers vs. Northwestern Wildcats, Sunday, NCAA Basketball Betting, Las Vegas Odds, Picks and Prediction

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PURDUE BOILERMAKERS NORTHWESTERN WILDCATS
24-6 March 5, 4:30 PM | Welsh-Ryan Arena 21-9
Purdue at Northwestern, Betting Lines
When: 4:30 PM ET, Sunday, March 5, 2017
Where: Welsh-Ryan Arena, Evanston, Illinois
TV: 4:30 p.m. ET, CBS
Team / Live in game Betting at bovada-logo-top-book Spread Money Line Total
881 –Purdue Boilermakers -3 -115 -170 Ov 136½ -110
882 –Northwestern Wildcats +3 -105 +150 Un 136½ -110

The Purdue Boilermakers and the Northwestern Wildcats will both be gunning for a victory on Sunday when they meet at Welsh-Ryan Arena.

ABOUT PURDUE (24-6, 13-4 Big Ten): Forward Vincent Edwards (12 points per game, 4.5 rebounds, 2.7 assists) moved into 44th place on the school’s career scoring list (1,044 points) with 15 points, seven rebounds and seven assists against the Hoosiers. Sophomore Swanigan leads the Big Ten (league games only) in both scoring (18.9 points) and rebounding (12.5) and is looking to become just the eighth player in conference history to accomplish that feat. He has set the school record with a national-best 24 double-doubles – tied for the fifth most in Big Ten history – and is two shy of the all-time Big Ten record set by Ohio State’s Jerry Lucas (1960, 1961, 1962) and Brad Sellers (1986).

ABOUT NORTHWESTERN (21-9, 10-7): Forward Vic Law (12.7 points, 5.9 rebounds) scored 18 points and guard Bryant McIntosh (team-best 14.2 points, 5.4 assists) added 13 to go along with five assists against the Wolverines, leaving him four shy of surpassing Michael Thompson (2008-11) for the Northwestern career assists record of 528. McIntosh is averaging 17.8 points and 5.4 assists over his last 12 games and has the most career assists of any non-senior in the nation. Junior Scottie Lindsey is thriving in his first year as a starter, tied for the team lead in points per game (14.2 points) after averaging 6.4 last season.

Oddsmakers currently have the Boilermakers listed as 3-point favorites versus the Wildcats, while the game’s total is sitting at 136½.

Teams coming off monumental wins meet to close out the Big Ten regular season Sunday when No. 16 Purdue visits Northwestern in the final game played in Welsh-Ryan Arena before it undergoes a complete $110 million renovation. The Wildcats seemingly clinched their first-ever NCAA Tournament appearance on a last-second layup by Dererk Pardon to beat Michigan on Wednesday, while the Boilermakers clinched their first outright Big Ten title since 1995-96 two days after Tuesday’s win versus Indiana.

Purdue guard Dakota Mathias scored 17 of his 19 points in the first half and forward Caleb Swanigan added 17 of his 21 in the second half in the win over Indiana, but Purdue coach Matt Painter didn’t take much time to celebrate the conference title. “I want to enjoy it, but it’s impossible to enjoy it,” Painter told reporters after the game. “You’re constantly thinking ‘what can I do for our program, what can I do for our team and our players to get ready for that next game’.” Pardon caught a length-of-the-court inbounds pass from Nathan Taphorn and banked in a three-footer with 1.7 seconds left, which was followed by the crowd’s jubilant celebration, as the Wildcats set a program record for wins (21) despite losing five of its previous seven contests that placed the Wildcats on the NCAA Tournament bubble. “I came in and I challenged them, and I told them there was pressure for the first time,” fourth-year coach Chris Collins told reporters afterward. “I said, ‘Guys, there is pressure.’ Anything good in life involves handling pressure — and succeeding under pressure.”

Northwestern was a 67-65 winner in their most recent outing at home against Wolverines. They covered the +2-point spread as underdogs.

Last time out for Purdue, they were a 86-75 winner as they battled Hoosiers at home. They earned a push in the match as a -11-point favorite.

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Purdue:
Team record: 24-6 SU,16-9-2 ATS
Purdue is 7-1 SU in its last 8 games
Purdue is 1-3-1 ATS in its last 5 games on the road
Purdue is 4-2 SU in its last 6 games on the road

Northwestern:
Team record: 21-9 SU,18-10 ATS
Northwestern is 18-7 SU in its last 25 games
Northwestern is 20-4 SU in its last 24 games at home
Northwestern is 3-8 SU in its last 11 games when playing Purdue

COLLEGE HOOPS TIPS

1. Purdue leads the all-time series 126-46, including an 80-59 victory over Northwestern on Feb. 1, as Swanigan tallied 24 points and 16 rebounds.

2. Northwestern, which is limiting its opponents to a league-best 39.7 percent shooting, is looking to tie the school record for Big Ten wins in a season – a mark set in 1930-31 with an 11-1 record.

3. Mathias (10 points per game) leads the team with 63 3-pointers and 48.1 percent shooting beyond the arc.

Vegas Coverage pick and prediction:
Picks: Purdue Boilermakers will cover the spread at -3 and the game will stay under 136½ points, according to scamdicappers scamdicappers.com

PREDICTION: Purdue 70, Northwestern 64 at bovada-logo-top-book betnow-vegas-coverage.

SMART CHART
PURDU TEAM NWEST
80.8 PTS FOR 71.6
67.0 PTS AGNST 64.7
13.8 DIFF. 6.9
28.2 DEF REBOUNDS 25.8
10.0 OFF REBOUNDS 11.0
48.1 FG% 43.0
76.6 FT% 75.1
9.2 3 POINTERS 7.3
5.1 STEALS 5.2
BETTING TRENDS
PURDUE
Purdue is 1-3-1 ATS in its last 5 games on the road
Purdue is 4-2 SU in its last 6 games on the road
The total has gone OVER in 6 of Purdue’s last 9 games on the road
Purdue is 2-4 ATS in its last 6 games when playing on the road against Northwestern
NORTHWESTERN
Northwestern is 18-7 SU in its last 25 games
Northwestern is 20-4 SU in its last 24 games at home
Northwestern is 3-8 SU in its last 11 games when playing Purdue
The total has gone UNDER in 5 of Northwestern’s last 6 games when playing Purdue
SUPERGRID
RANK RANK
Purdue’s Overall Scoring vs Northwestern’s Overall Defense 80.8 28 64.7 33
Purdue’s Away Scoring vs Northwestern’s Home Defense 77.3 35 63.4 52
Purdue’s Road Rebounds vs Northwestern’s Home Rebounds Allowed 36.1 107 35.6 235
Northwestern’s Overall Scoring vs Purdue’s Overall Defense 71.6 220 67.0 58
Northwestern’s Home Scoring vs Purdue’s Road Defense 74.4 219 72.8 123
Northwestern’s Home Rebounds vs Purdue’s Road Rebounds Allowed 38.2 107 32.6 41

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