Planning on watching today’s Wildcats and Boilermakers game? Catch the action at Mackey Arena in West Lafayette, IN, as the Boilermakers hosts this showdown at 6:30 ET on BTN. The over/under line for this matchup is currently at 142.5 points, and Purdue is favored by -13 to win at home against Northwestern.


The Pick: Northwestern Wildcats +13

This game will be played at Mackey Arena at 6:30 ET on Wednesday, January 31st.


  • We have this one finishing with a projected score of 75-69 in favor of the Boilermakers.
  • Even though we have Purdue winning straight-up, we like Northwestern at +13.
  • The over/under is currently sitting at 142.5 points, and we like the over with a projected 144 points.

Are the Wildcats Ready for a Win at West Lafayette?

Northwestern has been a much better team at home this season, as they are just 2-4 on the road compared to 12-1 at home. Their average scoring margin at home is +12.2, while it is -6.5 on the road.

As the underdog, the Wildcats have gone just 2-4 this season, and they enter this game on a two-game losing streak on the road. Their overall record this season is 15-5, and they have gone 5-3 in Big Ten play.

Against the spread this season, Northwestern has gone 8-9-2. On the road, their ATS mark is 1-4-1 and vs. the spread as the underdog, they are 2-4. Over their last 10 games as the underdog, the Wildcats are 5-5.

Today’s over/under line of 142.5 is higher than the average over/under line in Northwestern’s games this season (136.2). So far, 17 of their games have finished with fewer points than today’s line. Over their last three games, the over/under record is 3-0 with an average scoring total of 156 points compared to their season average of 140.2 points per game.

Coming off their recent game, the Northwestern offense tallied 83 points in a matchup against Ohio State. Their field goal percentage for the game was 57.7%, and they made 10 threes. In terms of offense, the Wildcats have a season-long field goal percentage of 47%, putting them 73rd in the NCAA. Regarding three-pointers, they are ranked 34th in percentage and 128th in three-pointers made.

Coming into today’s game, the Northwestern defense is giving up an average of 68.2 points per contest. Against Ohio State in their most recent game, the Northwestern defense gave up a total of 58 points while allowing Ohio State to hit 57% of their shots.

Will Purdue Secure A Victory as Home Favorites?

After winning their last game against Rutgers by a score of 68-60, Purdue comes into this game with a 19-2 overall record and a five-game win streak. So far, the Boilermakers have been perfect at home, going 13-0, and they have an average scoring margin of +22.2 points per game at home.

Purdue has been the favorite in 20 of their 21 games this season, and they have gone 18-2 in those games. In Big Ten play, the Boilermakers are 8-2, and they are 11-0 in non-conference games.

As the favorite, Purdue has gone 11-7-2 vs. the spread this season and is 8-4-1 at home. Over their last 10 games as the favorite, the Boilermakers have an ATS mark of 5-5.

So far this season, the over/under record in Purdue games is 14-7. On average, their games have finished with 153.7 points per game. Today’s over/under line of 142.5 is lower than their average OU line of 148.7. Over their last three games, the OU record is 1-2 with an average of 148 points per game.

The Purdue offense is coming off a game where they scored 68 points against Rutgers. They posted a field goal percentage of 48.9% and connected on 5 threes. Offensively, the Boilermakers hold a season-long field goal percentage of 49%, placing them 38th in the national rankings. When it comes to three-pointers, they are ranked 37th in terms of percentage and 64th in three-pointers made.

So far, the Boilermakers’ defense is ranked 102nd in the country at 68.8 points per contest. So far, the Purdue defense is giving up an average of 8.2 offensive rebounds per game and are turning teams over 11.3 times per game (517th).