The No. 4 Purdue Boilermakers will look to shake off Thursday's loss to Indiana when they meet the Northwestern Wildcats in Big Ten Conference action on Sunday. The Boilermakers (15-3, 4-3) have defeated the Wildcats (9-7, 2-5) nine times in a row. Tipoff from Mackey Arena in West Lafayette, Ind., is set for 1 p.m. ET. Purdue is favored by 13 points at Caesars Sportsbook, while the over-under for total points is set at 149.5 (see up-to-date odds for every game this week on our college basketball odds page).
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The model knows the Boilermakers have been led by sophomore guard Jaden Ivey, who has scored in double figures in each of his last 15 games, including 21 points and two rebounds in the loss at Indiana on Thursday. He recently surpassed 500 career points with a 17-point effort against Nebraska on Jan. 14. For the season, Ivey averages 16.7 points, five rebounds, 2.9 assists and 1.2 steals per game. He has also been red hot from the floor, connecting on 48.5 percent of his field goals, including 42.4 percent from 3-point range, and 74.7 percent of his free throws.
The model also knows senior forward Pete Nance leads the Wildcats at 16.6 points, 7.6 rebounds and 1.5 blocks per game, while shooting 51.1 percent from the field, including a team-high 42.9 percent from 3-point range. Nance is on pace to become the first Northwestern player since at least 1992-93 to average 15 points per game, while shooting at least 50 percent from the field and 40 percent from 3-point range. Nance missed the Michigan State game on Jan. 15, but has reached double-figure scoring in every game he has played, including a career-high 28 points against Maryland on Jan. 12. He has a team-high four double-doubles on the season.
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