Michigan vs. Purdue Pick
Can Michigan pulls off another upset of No. 13 Purdue when the two meet up today in the Big Ten Tournament quarterfinals at Noon ET?
According to oddsmakers at BetDSI, Purdue is favored in today’s game, as the Boilermakers are getting odds of -2.5 points against Michigan. The over/under total for the game is listed at 141.5 points. These two met just once this season, with Michigan getting an 82-70 win at home on Feb. 25. These two meet today from the Verizon Center in Washington, D.C.
Michigan has had an interesting few days, as the Wolverines had a scare with their plane on Wednesday and didn’t arrive to the tournament until about 90 minutes before tip of its game with Illinois. The Wolverines then beat Illinois 75-55 while wearing their practice jerseys because their official uniforms have to stay on the plane that wrecked due to an investigation. Michigan is now 21-11 overall and 13-16 against the spread on the season. Michigan is averaging 74.7 points per game on offense while allowing 65.3 on defense. Derrick Walton Jr. is averaging 14.5 points and 4.5 assists per game to lead the team.
Purdue is the top seed in this tournament after winning the Big Ten regular-season title. The Boilermakers are 25-6 overall and 14-4 in the Big Ten while going 17-9-2 against the spread. Purdue is putting up 80.5 points per game on offense while allowing 66.9 on defense. Caleb Swanigan is leading the team with 18.7 points and 12.6 rebounds per game while Isaa Haas is adding 12.6 points and 5.1 rebounds per contest.
Michigan is playing really well right now, but the Wolverines are stepping up in competition and still dealing with a strange 48-hour stretch. The emotional lift came yesterday against Illinois, but now it faces a Purdue team that should be motivated to play it. The Boilermakers will have revenge on their mind today and the spread is quite low for this matchup.
COLLEGE BASKETBALL DAILY PREDICTION: PURDUE -2.5