The Tournament is drawing ever nearer, and the jockeying for positions that would make for an easier path through March Madness has begun. Most teams now have just 5 games to play, and they know that there is limited time left to make an impact. The Purdue Boilermakers are desperate to hold on to their ranked status, and they will try to do that when they welcome in the Northwestern Wildcats to Mackey Arena. The full odds for this college hoops game should be up at the MyBookie.ag NCAAB odds page on Tuesday morning.
How to bet Northwestern Wildcats Vs Purdue Boilermakers Game and TV Information
Why bet on the Northwestern Wildcats
The Wildcats (17-9, 5-8) have had their problems in what has been a very competitive Big 10 Conference, but they are also coming into this game having won 2 of their last 3. The downside for them right now is that they have had 6 attempts to knock off ranked opponents, and have fallen short in all of them. The closes they came to getting a win in one of those games was an OT loss to the Maryland Terrapins back in the middle of January. Their last 4 road games have ended in defeat, but it should be noted that they were on a 4-game road winning streak prior to that. This team should not be taken lightly. The Wildcats are averaging 72.2 PPG, and are giving up 66.2 PPG.
Why bet on the Purdue Boilermakers
Purdue (20-6, 8-5) are in need of a win to get their season back on track after dropping 2 of their last 3 games. Their loss to Maryland was not totally unexpected, but it was expected that they would knock off Michigan on the weekend. That is not what went down, though, as the Wolverines ran out 61-56 winners. Wedged in between those 2 losses was an impressive win over Michigan State, and you have to think that the Boilermakers are going to have to raise their game to that level of they hope to be a top 25 team when the regular season ends. Purdue have only lost 1 game at home all year, so you would expect them to make pretty short work of a Wildcats team that has struggled on the road against ranked opponents. The Boilermakers are averaging 77.6 PPG, and are giving up 63.6 PPG.
Expert Pick and Final Score Prediction
While the Northwestern Wildcats have been playing better ball of late, they have still struggled against ranked opposition. I expect the struggle to be real in this one, and like Purdue to cruise to a fairly comfortable win.
Northwestern Wildcats 65 Purdue Boilermakers 73