In one of Saturday’s most-interesting matchups between ranked opponents, the No. 17 Purdue Boilermakers and the No. 22 Indiana Hoosiers will be locking horns in Bloomington, as both teams seek to finish the season strongly and earn a top seed on Selection Sunday. For the conference-topping Hoosiers, the game will particularly come with extra pressure, given the manner in which the likes of Iowa and Maryland are breathing down Indiana’s neck in the Big Ten standings. Can the Hoosiers hold serve at home in the college basketball lines, or will the Boilermakers come up big with an upset? Read on as we take you through this game’s betting guide, complete with free NCAAB betting tips and picks.
How To Bet Purdue Boilermakers vs Indiana Hoosiers NCAAB Lines
When: Saturday, February 20, 2016, 8:30pm ET
Where: Indiana University Assembly Hall, Bloomington
Radio: Indiana Hoosier Sports Network
NCAAB Odds: TBA
Why Bet on Purdue (21-6, 9-5 Big Ten)
It was far from perfect in their last outing, but the Boilermakers played well enough to beat Northwestern on Tuesday, 71-61, marking the fourth win in their last six outings. The biggest game-changer against Northwestern was the fact that the big physical Purdue players, who are second in the Big Ten with 42.3 RPG, had 45 rebounds while limiting their opponents to just 27. This enabled them to claim the win in spite of shooting 38.3 percent from the field and committing nine turnovers.
To beat the Hoosiers and their red-hot offense, the Boilermakers will once again need to dominate the boards, on top of figuring better in scoring. This essentially means that Purdue’s leading scorer A.J. Hammons (14.6 PPG along with 8.2 RPG) will need to lead his teammates into a strong road effort this Saturday.
Why Bet on Indiana
Like the Boilermakers, Indiana is 4-2 SU in its last six games, including the 80-64 drubbing of Nebraska on Wednesday. As we’ve seen severally this season, Indiana banked on its lethal offense—12th in the nation in scoring (83.4 PPG) and 24th in the nation in assists (16.5 APG)—to overwhelm the Cornhuskers in a very one-sided affair. Getting into rhythm early in the game against Purdue will be extremely important, as the Boilermakers have a solid defensive unit that allows just 63.5 points per game on 38.3 percent shooting from field, ranking 16th and 10th in the country in the two respective areas.
In the defense, the Hoosiers haven’t been that solid (allowing 69.4 PPG), but you can expect the always-charged-up crowd at Assembly Hall to factor into the game, revving up Indiana players for a strong defensive showcase.
Purdue at Indiana College Basketball Picks
The fact that the Boilermakers are 3-0 SU/ATS in their last three meetings with Indiana (dating back to 2014) means they should not be discounted from being able to pull an upset here. That said, the Hoosiers are impressively 10-0 SU and 7-3 ATS in their last 10 home games, underlining the strong home court they’ve been known to have over the years. And because of the latter reason, we believe the Hoosiers should be your preferred pick on both the Moneyline and point spread.