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Purdue looks to move over .500 at the halfway mark of the Big Ten.
Purdue needs to take care of business today. Despite everything, a victory would put the Boilers at 5-4 halfway through the Big Ten season, which is much higher than everyone thought before the conference season began. it also keeps hope alive for a postseason berth somewhere. Purdue likely needs to go at least 5-5 the rest of the way to reach the NIT, and that means 9-9 overall in the conference. A road win over Northwestern would go a long way toward that record, so let's get it done.
Location: Evanston, IL
2011-12 record: 19-14, 8-10 Big Ten
2012-13 Record: 12-10, 3-6 Big Ten
2012 Postseason: Lost to Washington 76-55 in NIT 2nd Round
Blog Representation: Sippin' On Purple
Series With Purdue: Purdue Leads 122-43
Last Purdue win: 87-77 at Purdue on 2/12/2012 (Purdue has won four straight)
Last Northwestern win: 72-64 at Northwestern on 1-16-2010
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