Purdue vs. Wisconsin College Basketball Betting Preview & Pick

Purdue vs. Wisconsin College Basketball Betting Preview & Pick

Written by on February 15, 2018

If you have been watching and involved with the College Basketball betting action for many years now, you are probably well aware of the fact that teams who head into the big tournament on a hot streak are the ones that tend to make a deep run. There are, of course, always exceptions to the rule, but generally speaking, teams ending the regular season on a high note are often able to carry that momentum over into the next stage. With that in mind, the Purdue Boilermakers need to get themselves sorted out before the tournament begins, as they are beginning to see their NCCAB odds fall after taking back to back losses. They haven’t dropped too far just yet, but another loss or two this week could see them go into freefall. Purdue have a very winnable game coming up on Thursday night when they head to Wisconsin to face a Badgers team that has been nothing short of brutal in conference play. Ordinarily, Purdue would be expected to win this one going away, but you need to wonder if those back to back losses may be on their mind. Are the Boilermakers on upset alert on Thursday night?

Purdue vs. Wisconsin College Basketball Betting Preview & Pick

  • When: Thursday, February 15, 7 PM EST
  • Where: Kohl Center
  • TV: ESPN
  • Radio: 95.7 FM (Purdue) / 92.7 FM (Wisconsin)
  • Live Stream: Watch ESPN
  • College Basketball Betting Odds: Purdue Boilermakers -9.5 (Over/Under at 138 points)

Team Records

  • All: Purdue Boilermakers 23-4 / Wisconsin Badgers 11-16
  • Home: Purdue Boilermakers 14-2 / Wisconsin Badgers 9-8
  • Away: Purdue Boilermakers 9-2 / Wisconsin Badgers 2-8
  • ATS: Purdue Boilermakers 14-11-1 / Wisconsin Badgers 11-15
  • Over/Under: Purdue Boilermakers 12-14 / Wisconsin Badgers 12-14

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Recent Head to Head (Last 10 Games)

  • Record: Tied 5-5
  • Score: Purdue Boilermakers 66.10 / Wisconsin Badgers 64.40
  • Field Goal Percentage: Purdue Boilermakers 45.24 / Wisconsin Badgers 41.96
  • Rebounds: Purdue Boilermakers 32.70 / Wisconsin Badgers 29.40
  • 3 Point Shots: Purdue Boilermakers 65-155 / Wisconsin Badgers 66-200
  • Steals: Purdue Boilermakers 4.80 / Wisconsin Badgers 6.00

Why bet on the Purdue Boilermakers?

This is not exactly new territory for Purdue, as they lost back to back games early in the season. All they did after those defeats were go on a 19-game winning streak. They don’t need to come up that big right now, but they do need to get their mojo back with a win on the road on Thursday night. Purdue will be looking for a performance similar to the one they put in when they faced Wisconsin a few weeks back, a game that ended 78-50 in favor of the Boilermakers. Purdue can take some solace in the fact that the games they lost last week were both against ranked opponents, although those are the types of teams they are going to need to beat if they have national championship aspirations. The Boilermakers saw their offense sputter in their back to back losses, falling well below their 82.5 PPG average in both games. Purdue is 14-11-1 ATS and 11-15 O/U this season.

Team Statistics

Offense
  • Total Score: 82.42
  • Field Goal Percentage: 49.62
  • Three-Point Percentage: 42.38
  • Free Throw Percentage: 75.23
  • Total Rebounds: 35.70
Defense
  • Total Score: 64.30
  • Field Goal Percentage: 40.15
  • Three-Point Percentage: 32.91
  • Free Throw Percentage: 67.85
  • Total Rebounds: 32.74

Why bet on the Wisconsin Badgers?

The Badgers have been brutal in conference play this season, going just 4-10 in the Big 10. They have just 1 win in their last 6, that one coming on the road against Illinois, the worst team in the conference. The unfortunate thing for the Badgers is that they are solid on the defensive side of the court, giving up just 67.1 PPG this season, but the offensive players are not holding up their end of the bargain, scoring just 67.6 PPG. The Badgers come in as the College Basketball Betting underdogs against Purdue. Further compounding the issue for the Badgers heading into this one is their performance against ranked teams this season. They are 0-7 in those games, which does not inspire a lot of confidence going into a game against a Purdue team looking for a statement game to get back on track. Wisconsin is 10-15-1 ATS and 12-12-2 O/U this season.

Team Statistics

Offense
  • Total Score: 67.56
  • Field Goal Percentage: 45.29
  • Three-Point Percentage: 33.97
  • Free Throw Percentage: 69.98
  • Total Rebounds: 30.96
Defense
  • Total Score: 67.11
  • Field Goal Percentage: 46.36
  • Three-Point Percentage: 36.11
  • Free Throw Percentage: 74.44
  • Total Rebounds: 30.22

Latest College Basketball Betting Trends

  • Boilermakers are 0-4-1 ATS in their last 5 games
  • Boilermakers are 19-2 SU in their last 21 games
  • The total has gone UNDER in 10 of Purdue’s last 12 games
  • Badgers are 5-10 ATS in their last 15 games at home
  • Badgers are 1-6 SU in their last 7 games
  • The total has gone OVER in 5 of Wisconsin’s last 7 games

Expert Pick and Final Score Prediction

I like Purdue to get back on track with a win over the Badgers on Wednesday night. It may not be as convincing a victory as their last meeting, but still in the double digits. Score: Purdue Boilermakers 76 – Wisconsin Badgers 61