Sunday’s game between Purdue and Northwestern features two Big Ten teams that are really struggling. I would have said the two most struggling teams in the league, but there is still winless Penn State.
Back in early February, Purdue lost to the Wildcats 75-60 in Evanston, Ill. That was after the 37-point loss to Indiana at home. If you remember, the Boilermakers got off to horrid start, down 12-0 in the opening minutes, as A.J. Hammons sat on the bench because he was late for the team bus.
Hammons’ absence wasn’t the reason for the loss; Northwestern shot the lights out of the ball, a team that has really struggled since the win, losing five games in a row. It hasn’t just been losing either. The last two games, against Illinois and Wisconsin, Northwestern has scored 41 points in each game and lost by a combined 49 points.
Northwestern lost one of its key players, Jared Swopshire, to an injury a few games back and has really struggled without him.
This game looks like one of the only games left on the schedule that Purdue can and should win, with the last game of the season against Minnesota being another.