Northwestern (13-14) at Purdue (12-14)
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DATE & TIME: Sunday, February 24, 6 p.m. (et)
FACTS & STATS: Site: Mackey Arena (14,240) -- West Lafayette, Indiana.
Television: Big Ten Network. Home Record: Northwestern 8-9, Purdue 9-5. Away
Record: Northwestern 3-5, Purdue 3-6. Neutral Record: Northwestern 2-0, Purdue
0-3. Conference Record: Northwestern 4-10, Purdue 5-8. Series Record: Purdue
GAME NOTES: A couple of teams sitting under .500 at the moment get together in
Indiana on Sunday as the Purdue Boilermakers clash with the Northwestern
Wildcats in Big Ten Conference action at Mackey Arena.
Losers of three in a row, the Boilermakers are now 5-8 in conference play
after bowing to Indiana last weekend on the road in a lopsided 83-55 final.
The setback was the fifth in the last six games for the program.
As for the Wildcats, they've been taken down in four straight outings and six
of the last seven and are now just 4-10 in league play. In action earlier
this week, Northwestern hosted and lost to Wisconsin on Wednesday night,
69-41. Of their last nine defeats, not once have the Wildcats reached 60
Northwestern won the first meeting of the season earlier this month with a
75-60 triumph at home. The all-time series now stands at 122-44 in favor of
The Wildcats registered a total of just four made field goals in the first
half against Wisconsin in Evanston, falling behind by a 28-12 score at the
break and were never able to recover. Reggie Hearn was the only player to
score in double figures for the hosts with 13 points in 38 minutes of action,
but he shot only 4-of-14 from the field as the team finished at 29.4 percent
from the floor overall.
In conference play the Wildcats are scoring a mere 56.2 ppg as they shoot a
collective 38.5 percent from the field and 31.2 percent beyond the arc. Making
matters worse, Northwestern is also hitting free throws at just 64.8 percent
and is being crushed on the glass by a 12.1 rpg margin. Hearn stands as the
top scorer for the group with 13.4 ppg and he was followed by Jared Swopshire
with 10.6 ppg, but the latter has landed on the injured list and will not be
returning this season after having surgery to his right knee.
The Boilermakers were within striking distance against top-ranked Indiana at
the break last time out, but then the Hoosiers opened the second half on a
12-4 run and kept running away from Purdue in the 28-point decision. Purdue
was paced by Terone Johnson and Anthony Johnson who each had 11 points, as the
visitors shot just 37.5 percent from the floor and allowed Indiana to make
good on 55.6 percent from the field.
Terone Johnson leads the team in scoring on the season with 12.9 ppg, although
his 39.1 percent shooting from the field is only overshadowed by his mere 58.6
percent accuracy at the free-throw line. A.J. Hammons checks in with 11.0 ppg
and is also first on the glass for the program with 6.6 rpg, to go along with
his 54 blocked shots.
With injuries taking their toll on both sides, neither program is operating at
full strength these days, although the Boilermakers have not been hit nearly
as hard as Northwestern.
Sports Network Predicted Outcome: Purdue 66, Northwestern 54
02/24 10:30:33 ET
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