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Dave's College Basketball Picks: Northwestern at Purdue

dave darbySenior Analyst IMarch 3, 2009

Northwestern (16-11, 7-9) at #19 Purdue (22-7, 11-5)

Line: Purdue -13


Northwestern defeated Iowa 55-49 on Saturday behind Kevin Coble’s 16 points, 9 boards, and 3 blocks. Michael Thompson was awarded the Big Ten Player of the Week award for his contribution in the win against Iowa as well as the victory over Indiana last Wednesday. The victories will be a bit tougher in the last week of the regular season as Northwestern goes on the road to Purdue and Ohio State.


Purdue cruised to a 75 to 50 win over Ohio State on Saturday to give the Boilermakers their fifth win in their last six games. Purdue dominated in nearly every area during the second half when they started to pull away from the Buckeyes. With Michigan State’s victory over Indiana on Tuesday night, the Boilermakers are left to fight Illinois for second place in the Big Ten Conference regular season.


Northwestern is 12-11 against the spread including 4-6 on the road

Purdue is 13-13 including 10-7 at home


Purdue has been money at home. They have covered this spread in every home game in 2009 and there is no reason to believe it stops here. Their offensive and defensive balance is so hard to play against as there is no rest on either end of the floor.

Dave’s Pick: Purdue -13


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