Wisconsin Badgers vs. Purdue Boilermakers

The Purdue Boilermakers are 5-point home favorites over the Wisconsin Badgers this evening in Big 10 action.  The over/under total for the game is 126.  The Wisconsin Badgers are coming off a 71-67 home win over the then #1 team in the nation, the Ohio St. Buckeyes. Ohio State led by 15 points in the second half, but point guard Jordan Taylor scored 21 points from there, including several three-pointers.

Wisconsin is 19-5 overall and 13-7 against the spread this year.  Wisconsin is a great home team.  They are 14-0 at home this season and 8-2 against the spread at home.  The Badgers are 8th in the Big 10 in offense scoring 69.6 points per game but are 1st in defense only allowing 56.7 points per game.  The Badgers are 5-5 overall on the road.  That includes 2-3 on the road in conference play.  The der is 3-0 in Wisconsins last three road games.

Purdue is the #11 ranked team in the nation and could be a very tough opponent come March Madness.  They are 20-5 overall and 14-8 against the spread. They were considered top-5 in the preseason before the season-ending knee injury to Robbie Hummel in October.  Purdue is coming off one of its best wins of the season, an 81-70 win at Illinois as a 3-point road underdog.  Jajuan Johnson had 24 points and ETwaun Moore had 20.  Purdue had lost their previous four road games before beating Illinois.  Purdue is excellent at home as they have not lost this year on there home court in 13 games.  Against the spread at home they are 8-2, with the der winning in four of the last five games.

These teams played on Feb 1st with Wisconsin winning 66-59 as 5-point home favorites.  Despite that, Wisconsin is 2-6 against the spread in their last eight meeting against Purdue.  The der is 4-0 in the match-up in the last 4 games played at Purdue.

I see Purdue winning tonight and covering at home.  I expect Wisconsin to have a let down after beating the #1 team in the country.  For the game, my only pick will be Purdue minus the 5 points and I will stay off the over/under total.


Purdue Boilermakers -5 Wisconsin Badgers

February 16, 2011 by : Posted in College Basketball, Sportsbook No Comments

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