Purdue Boilermakers (9-6) vs Wisconsin Badgers (11-4)Date : 01/11/2019
Time : 9:00 pm EST
Location : Cole Arena, Madison, Wisconsin
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Purdue Boilermakers vs Wisconsin Badgers
The Purdue Boilermakers will visit Cole Arena in Madison, Wisconsin, to battle the Wisconsin Badgers on Friday night at 9 p.m. Eastern Standard Time for a Big Ten shootout. The Badgers recently went through a rough patch in losing two straight games, however, were able to pick up a win in their last outing versus the Penn State Nittany Lion as they dominated the home team in just about every facet of the game while cruising to victory behind 49% shooting from the field as well as 50% shooting from three-point range as Ethan Happ led the way with 22 points, eight rebounds, along with four assists in the win.
On the other hand, the Purdue Boilermakers rebounded nicely from a two- game skid recently in winning three straight games, overall. However, they ended their winning streak in their last outing versus the Michigan State Spartans as both teams did not shoot very well from the floor, yet the Spartans were able to end at 45% for the night while relegating Purdue to only 31% for the contest. Also, the Spartans heavily outrebounded the Boilermakers while also getting 25 points, seven rebounds, along with six assists from Cassius Winston, who also went 4-7 from three-point range in the win for Michigan State.
Purdue Boilermakers's Latest Performance :
And while Purdue halted a three-game winning streak with their loss to the Michigan State Spartans in their last outing, their offense was indeed clicking on all cylinders in averaging 85 points per game in three games prior to meeting the Spartans. Nonetheless, the Boilermakers were only allowed to shoot 31% from the floor on this night while connecting on just 21% of their 3-point attempts as Trayveon Williams led the team with 13 points along with pulling down 12 rebounds off the bench to provide a lift for a team that struggled throughout the contest. On the other hand, Brian Klein along with Carson Evans chipped in 12 and 11 points, respectively for the Boilermakers as well in the defeat.
And while Michigan state was certainly held under their shooting percentage at 45% for the contest, they were able to connect on 9 three-pointers as Cassius Winston went 4-7 in this area while leading the team with 23 points, as stated. In addition to this, Nick Ward also chipped in 16 points along with pulling down nine rebounds for the Spartans, who possessed just three double-digit scorers for the game. And while the Purdue Boilermakers are winners of just five of their last 10 games, overall, they are 3-1 in their last four games, lately, and will certainly be looking to continue their present momentum versus a Wisconsin team that recently halted a two-game losing streak of their own.
Wisconsin Badgers's Latest Performance :
Wisconsin certainly struggled leading up to their matchup vs the Penn State Nittany Lions as they were losers of two straight games to Minnesota as well as to Western Kentucky. During these outings, they look discombobulated on both ends of the floor in losses to where their defense look less stellar than usual while their offense was awful, to say the least.
Nonetheless, they were certainly able to atone with a outstanding defensive performance versus the Penn State Nittany Lions as they allowed their opponents to shoot just 37% from the floor along with only 20% from three-point range as Lamar Stevens was the only double digit scorer within the score for the Nittany Lions with 22 points as he went 9-18 from the floor.
On the other hand, Happ led the Wisconsin Badgers with 22 points on the night, as stated, as he went 10-24 from the floor while Brad Davidson along with Nate Reuvers also chipped in 14 and 11 points, respectively, for the Badgers in the win. And while Wisconsin only went to the free-throw line just five times on the night in addition to being outrebounded by 33-28 margin, they were certainly able to take advantage of 16 costly turnovers for the Penn State Nittany Lions en route to a much-needed win.
They now look to continue this momentum as they will battle a Purdue Boilermakers squad that took a severe step back in their last outing versus the Michigan State Spartans as they were only able to rack up 57 points for the game while it’s defense, which entered the game allowing opponents just 68 points per game in their last three outings, allowed the Spartans to post 77 points for the contest.
How Purdue Boilermakers & Wisconsin Badgers Matchup.
Vegas Odds, Offshore Odds, & Odds ATS:
Purdue is 7 – 8 against the spread whiel the OU is 7 – 8
Wisconsin is 8 – 7 against the spread while the OU is 8 – 6
In-Depth Analysis of each team:
This will be yet another exciting and interesting Big Ten contest amongst two teams that will be looking to right the ship, so to speak, in picking up some wins moving forward. As stated, the Purdue Boilermakers are looking to shore themselves up on both sides of the ball in which to atone for their last debacle versus the Spartans of Michigan State. On the other hand, the Wisconsin Badgers finally got back on the winning track in their last outing versus thePenn State Nittany Lions and will certainly look to lead with their highly ranked defense in this matchup in which to neutralize the Boilermakers, once again, on the offensive end.
Against The Spread Selection: Pick: Wisconsin Badgers
My reason for the pick :
I will back the Badgers in this matchup as they have won four of their last five home games while the Purdue Boilermakers have been atrocious on the road in going winless in their last four games away from home, altogether. Also, combine this with the fact that the Wisconsin Badgers are indeed the better team at this point in the season, look for them to outlast a Purdue Boilermaker team in this matchup on Friday night while obtaining a hard-fought victory in the end.
Totals Selection: Pick: Under
My reason for the prediction :
I will back the under during this contest considering the way that both offenses have struggled in the 2018 season. Also, combine this with the fact that the the under has been the play in three of the last five games for the Wisconsin Badgers while also being the result in two of the last three games for the Purdue Boilermakers, one has to conclude that the trends will certainly continue in this matchup as two above-average defenses will face off versus offenses that have been up and down throughout the season.
Betting trends for Purdue Boilermakers:
- The Badgers are 4-6 against the spread in last 10 games
Betting trends for Wisconsin Badgers:
- The Boilermakers are 2-5 against the spread in last 7 games
- The over is 4 – 2 in Boilermakers last six games