Illinois vs. Purdue Prediction
Can No. 14 Purdue stay in the mix in the Big Ten title race when it plays host to Illinois tonight at 8:30PM ET?
813 Illinois vs. 814 Purdue
Wednesday, February 27, 2019
8:30PM ET – Mackey Arena
TV: Big Ten Network
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Public Betting Trends
According to oddsmakers at BetNow.eu, Purdue is the clear favorite in this game, as the Boilermakers are getting odds of -13.5 points against Illinois. The over/under total is listed at 147.5 points. The public betting currently has 56 percent going on Illinois on the road. This information is subject to change, however, so be sure to check out our College Basketball Public Betting Page for updated figures on the game.
Illinois loses two straight
The Illinois basketball team is coming off an 83-76 loss at home to Penn State for its second straight loss. The Illini are now 10-17 on the season, 6-10 in the Big Ten, 1-7 on the road, 12-15 against the spread and 14-12-1 with the over.
Illinois is putting up 73.9 points per game on the year and shooting just 43.2 percent from the field. Defensively, the Illini are giving up 74.7 points per game while allowing opponents to shoot 46.4 percent. Trent Frazier and Ayo Dosunmu are leading the team with 14.3 points per game each. They also combine for 6.5 rebounds and 5.8 assists per contest.
Purdue winning, not covering
The Boilermakers are coming off a 75-72 win at Nebraska this past weekend for its third straight win. However, Purdue is 0-3-1 against the spread in its last four. The Boilers are now 20-7 on the season, 13-3 in the Big Ten, 13-0 at home, 14-12-1 against the spread and 14-13 with the over.
Purdue is putting up 76.6 points per game on offense this season while shooting 44.5 percent as a team. Defensively, the Boilermakers are giving up 67.6 points per game while holding opponents to 42.5 percent shooting. Carsen Edwards is leading the team with 23.4 points per game while Ryan Cline is adding 12.2 points per contest.
College Basketball Betting Trends
Illinois is just 1-8 against the spread in their last 9 Wednesday games and 5-2 ATS in their last seven road games.
The Boilermakers are 5-1-1 against the spread in their last seven home games, but just 1-4 ATS in their last five games following a win.
Purdue has the potential to score, but the team relies heavily on Edwards. That may not be a problem tonight against Illinois. The Illini have a defense that isn’t very good at stopping people, especially on the road. They give up nearly 75 per game on the road. Purdue’s defense is stronger at home as well, which should cause some problems for Illinois, which is lacking in dynamic scorers.
College Basketball Prediction: Purdue -13.5