Purdue Boilermakers vs. Michigan Wolverines
The Purdue Boilermakers and the Michigan Wolverines face off on Wednesday in Big Ten college basketball action. The Wolverines are -6.5 point favorites over the Boilermakers with an over/under point total set at 133.5.
It has been a rebuilding year for the Purdue Boilermakers but they are coming off of their biggest win of the year as they battered Wisconsin in Madison on Sunday. Purdue is 7-9 in the Big 10 this year, 10-5 at home, and 1-7 against teams ranked in the top 25. Purdue is averaging 64.4 points, 13.3 assists, and they are shooting 41.7 percent while defensively they are allowing 63.8 points, 12.2 assists, and their opponents are shooting 39.6 percent. Terone Johnson is averaging 12.9 points, A.J. Hammons is averaging 10.7 points and 6.3 rebounds, and D.J. Byrd is averaging 10 points. With a win here Purdue will have a chance to finish the season over .500 and earn a possible post-season spot.
The Michigan Wolverines have won three of their last four games but they haven’t looked like the dominant team they looked like earlier in the year. Michigan is 11-5 in the Big 10, 4-5 on the road this season, and they are the seventh ranked team in the nation. As a team Michigan is averaging 75.4 points, 14.6 assists, and they are shooting 49.2 percent while defensively they allow 61.9 points, 12.3 assists, and their opponents are shooting 41.7 percent. Trey Burke is averaging 18.9 points and 6.9 assists, Tim Hardaway Jr. is averaging 14.9 points, Nik Stauskas is averaging 11.4 points, and Glenn Robinson III is averaging 11 points and 5.4 rebounds. Michigan is likely a two or three seed in the NCAA Tournament this season as their loss to Penn State will probably cost them.
Purdue is 1-6 against the spread against a team with a winning record, 0-3-1 against the spread following a win, and 0-3-1 against the spread following a game which they covered the point spread. Michigan is 1-7 against the spread in their last eight games overall, 0-4 against the spread in their last four road games, and 1-4 against the spread against a team with a losing record. The underdog is 4-1-1 against the spread in the last six meetings of these two.
The total is set at 133.5 and that number seems to be a bit on the high side.