Illinois vs. Purdue Pick
Will No. 21 Purdue have any trouble at home when it welcomes Illinois to town tonight at 7PM ET?
According to oddsmakers at BetDSI, Purdue is favored at home, as it is getting odds of -12 points against Illinois. The over/under total for the contest is listed at 144 points. These two have split their last six meetings, but Illinois is 4-2 against the spread in those six games.
Purdue is coming off an 83-78 loss at Iowa five days ago to fall to 14-4 overall and 3-2 in the Big Ten. The Boilermakers are just 1-3 against the spread in their last four to drop to 9-6 against the spread for the season. Purdue averages 82.6 points per game on offense while allowing 66.3 points per game on defense. Caleb Swanigan is leading Purdue this season with 18.2 points and 12.6 rebounds per game while Isaac Haas is adding 13.3 points and 5.5 rebounds per contest.
Illinois is coming off a 62-56 loss at home to Maryland to drop to 12-6 overall and 2-3 in the Big Ten. The Illini are also 2-3 against the spread in the Big Ten and 7-8-1 against the spread for the season. Illinois is averaging 75.4 points per game on offense and allowing 72.4 points per contest on defense. However, on the road, those numbers change dramatically. Offensively the Illini averages just 69.5 points per game while allowing a whopping 90 points per contest. Malcolm Hill is averaging 18.2 points per game to lead the team while two others contribute 10 points per game.
Illinois has been a mess on the road, especially on defense. Purdue is a team that has been scoring consistently no matter if its at home or on the road, so the Boilermakers should be able to create plenty of scoring chances against Illinois. Purdue’s defense at home is also very strong and should be able to contain this Illinois lineup.
COLLEGE BASKETBALL DAILY PREDICTION: PURDUE -12