Northwestern Wildcats vs Purdue Boilermakers Prediction, 2/6/2021 College Basketball Pick, Tips and Odds
Game: Northwestern Wildcats vs Purdue Boilermakers
Date: Saturday, February 6, 2021
Location: Mackey Arena in West Lafayette, IN
Odds/Point Spread: Northwestern (+7)
Mackey Arena is the venue where and the Purdue Boilermakers (12-7) will take on the Northwestern Wildcats (6-9) on Saturday. Purdue opens this game as 7-point favorites. The total has been set at 136.
Northwestern steps onto the court with a record of 6-9 for the season. They are turning it over 10.8 times per game and as a squad are committing 17.7 fouls every game. As a team, Northwestern is pulling down 33.8 boards per game and is sitting with 245 assists for the season, which is 75th in D-1 in terms of passing the rock. The Wildcats are hitting 36.4% on shots from beyond the arc (129 of 354) and 72.9% from the free throw line. They have an average of 74.7 pts per game (115th in the nation) while hitting 44.9% from the field. On defense, the Wildcats have forced 12.5 turnovers every game and they draw 16.9 fouls. They give up 34.0% on shots from downtown and they are 226th in D-1 in points per game allowed (71.9). The Wildcats defense is giving up a FG percentage of 43.7% (381 of 871) and they relinquish 35.3 boards per game as a team. They are currently ranked 261st in college basketball in giving up assists to their opponents with 226 surrendered on the year.
The Northwestern Wildcats stepped onto the hardwood against the Rutgers Scarlet Knights and took a loss by a final of 64-56 in their last contest. Northwestern finished with a 41.7% field goal percentage (20 out of 48) and converted 4 of their 20 3-point shots. When they shot from the charity stripe, the Wildcats made 12 of 17 attempts for a rate of 70.6%. When discussing rebounding, they collected 28 with 6 of them being offensive. They also doled out 10 assists in the game as well as getting 9 steals and 2 blocked shots. Pertaining to the defense, Northwestern allowed the other team to shoot 41.7% from the field on 20 of 48 shooting. Rutgers dished out 12 assists and had 8 steals for this game. On top of that, the Scarlet Knights collected 27 rebounds (4 offensive, 23 defensive) and added 2 rejections. Rutgers went 59.1% from the charity stripe by knocking down 13 of 22 tries. They also made 5 out of their 22 attempts from downtown.
Miller Kopp is someone who came through for this contest. He ended up with 15 points on 5 out of 13 shooting. He was on the hardwood for 36 mins and pulled down 4 rebounds. Kopp finished 38.5% from the floor but wasn't able to get an assist. Someone else that was a major factor in this contest for the Wildcats was Chase Audige. He collected 3 rebounds and tallied 2 dimes. He finished 46.2% from the floor in the game via 6-of-13 (14 points). When the final whistle was blown, Audige played 32 minutes.
Purdue has a win-loss record of 12-7 on the season. Purdue has tallied 1,336 points so far this season (70.3 per game) and they pull down 37.7 boards per game. The Boilermakers commit 17.8 fouls every game and they connect on 70.5% from the free throw line. As an offensive team, the Boilermakers are shooting 44.6% from the floor, which is ranked 159th in college basketball. They are dishing out assists 14.2 times per game (121st in college basketball) and they turn it over 13.1 times per contest. The Boilermakers on the defensive end are ranked 77th in Division 1 in PPG allowed with 66.3. The Purdue defense allows 32.2% on 3-point attempts (157 of 487) and opponents are connecting on 67.6% of their free throw attempts. They have relinquished 14.3 dimes and 30.9 rebounds on a nightly basis, which ranks 263rd and 35th in those defensive categories. They are forcing their opponents into 11.3 turnovers per game and allow teams to shoot 41.6% from the field (99th in the nation).
When they last played, the Purdue Boilermakers took a loss by a final score of 61-60 when they faced the Maryland Terrapins. The Boilermakers collected 22 defensive rebounds and 10 offensive rebounds totaling 32 for the matchup. They blocked 2 shots while recording 3 steals in this game. The Terrapins were called for 15 personal fouls for this contest which got the Boilermakers to the charity stripe for a total of 15 attempts. They were able to make 12 of the free throw attempts for a percentage of 80.0%. With regard to shots from beyond the perimeter, Purdue made 4 of 17 tries (23.5%). When the final whistle was blown, the Boilermakers went 22 for 50 from the floor which gave them a percentage of 44.0%. The Boilermakers permitted the Terrapins to knock down 21 of 46 attempts from the field which left them with a rate of 45.7% in the game. They finished shooting 36.0% from 3-point land by going 9 of 25 and finished the game at 10 of 15 at the free throw line (66.7%). Concerning rebounding, Purdue allowed Maryland to grab 20 overall (3 offensive).
Trevion Williams was important for the Boilermakers for this contest. He made 9 out of 12 in the game for a rate of 75.0%, which earned him 23 points. Williams grabbed 11 rebounds in his 33 mins and had 2 assists for the matchup. One more player that was pivotal for Purdue was Jaden Ivey. He notched 14 points in 30 minutes played by going 5 of 13 from the floor for this game. Ivey ended up shooting 38.5% from the field as well as earning 3 assists and 4 boards.
Who will win tonight's college basketball game against the spread?
Tony Sink's Pick: Take Northwestern (+7)
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