Saturday, February 23, 2013

Basketball Preview: Purdue vs. Northwestern - February 24th - 6:00 pm - BTN

It's been a nice week off for Purdue men's basketball fans, although the women's basketball team did a nice job of filling that disgusting feeling in our stomach with their shocking loss to IU.

In the meantime, celebrated another milestone with our 30,000th all-time page view - not too shabby for a blog that's only been around for 11 months and has covered the least exciting year in Purdue sports since 2005-2006!  Thank you so much for all your continued support - we're amazed that people actually care what we think and that our wives let us spend hours and hours doing something that hasn't earn us a dime.  Of course, we're still waiting for that multimillion dollar sponsorship deal to make this thing all pay off, so if you want to pay money to reach a Purdue fanbase that's apparently really interested in what happened to a certain former Boilermaker (we're the number 1 result when you google "Nate Minnoy"!), let us know!  We'll be happy to negotiate down from our initial two million dollar price tag, but make sure your offer is reasonable.  Other payment options include six-packs of good beer and/or an invite to play a really nice golf course.

Seriously though, thanks again for making part of your insatiable Purdue appetite.  Now lets celebrate with a win on Sunday!

Which tie-less striped white shirt and dark blazer combo will Bill Carmody show up in tomorrow?

Why Purdue Will Win
Purdue has yet to score more than 68 points in a Big Ten game and has only scored more than 65 once (the 68-61 victory over Illinois).  So Purdue needs to face a team that won't score 66 points.  Luckily for the Boilermakers, Northwestern's coming to town and they've only scored 66 or more 4 times in Big Ten play.  In fact they've only broken the 59-point barrier once in the past 9 games and have lost Jared Swopshire for the season since that game.  Add to the fact the the Wildcats have scored 41 in each of their last two games, and Purdue appears to be facing the right opponent at the right time.

Why Northwestern Will Win
You may remember that one game Northwestern scored more than 59 - it was against Purdue.  Reggie Hearn scored 26 and the Wildcats didn't seem to have any problem dominating the Boilers.  Even without Swopshire, if Hearn can come close to replicating his unbelievable game, Northwestern could pull off the road win.  Northwestern did beat Illinois on the road this year, so there's no reason to think they'll be scared of what promises to be a relatively dull Mackey Arena.

One thing you absolutely need to know before the game 
It's time for me to vent.  Why is Purdue playing a 6:00 pm game on Sunday night?  And why are only 8 Big Ten teams playing this weekend?  I know the first one has to do with TV, but no team should have a weekend off during the regular season.  Weekend games are (1) much easier for out of town fans to get to (increasing ticket sales), (2) limit the amount of time players miss class, and (3) increase revenues at local businesses as people are more likely to hang around campus before and after games.  Meanwhile, all 12 teams played weeknight games from February 12-14. Why couldn't these two groups of games be switched to allow for more weekend games?  I think I'm just pissed that the only Big Ten game to watch on a cold Saturday is Iowa at Nebraska.  That sucks.  Come on Big Ten...Kirk and I will be happy to make your schedule for you.  For free.  And it'll be 10 times better than the current schedule.

Our Picks - We like to think we're better than Vegas.  So throughout the season, we'll be "betting" a whole dollar amount versus the spread between $1 and $32, but we can't repeat the same value twice. The spread for this game is Purdue -6.5.

Erik's Bet: $29
Erik's Pick: Purdue 59 - Northwestern 52

Kirk's Bet: $4
Kirk's Pick: Purdue 61 - Northwestern 57

Erik +252 (20-8 Against The Spread)
Kirk -128 (13-15 Against The Spread)

Values already bet
Erik 1-17, 21-32
Kirk 4-32

Boiler Up!

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