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Purdue at Northwestern: The Bounceback GameThread

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Purdue looks to move over .500 at the halfway mark of the Big Ten.

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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.

Northwestern Wildcats

Location: Evanston, IL

2011-12 record: 19-14, 8-10 Big Ten

2012-13 Record: 12-10, 3-6 Big Ten

RPI: 84

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

Time: Noon

TV: ESPN2

Odds:
Northwestern by 2