Notre Dame vs. Purdue Pick
Which team will stake claim to Indiana when No. 15 Purdue meets up with No. 21 Notre Dame today at 2PM ET?
According to oddsmakers at Bovada.lv, Purdue is a slight favorite today, as the Boilermakers are getting odds of -2.5 points against the Irish. The over/under total is listed at 148.5 points. Notre Dame has won and covered the spread in the last three meetings with the Boilermakers. These two will meet from Bankers Life Fieldhouse in Indianapolis.
Purdue is 8-2 on the season with the lone losses by single digits to Villanova and Louisville. The Boilermakers are 5-3 against the spread, having won and covered in their last three games. Purdue is putting up 83.7 points per game on offense this year behind 50 percent shooting as a team. Defensively, they are giving up just 64.7 points per contest. Caleb Swanigan is the leader with 15.9 points and 11.2 rebounds per game while four other players are also averaging double figures in points.
Notre Dame is coming off a 74-66 loss to Villanova a week ago for its first loss of the season. The Irish are now 9-1 on the year and 4-1 against the spread. ND is also giving up just 64.7 points per game defensively, while the offense is scoring 86.6 points per game. Bonzie Colson is putting up 16.5 points and 10.8 rebounds per game to lead the Irish this year while Steve Vasturia is averaging a team-high 16.6 points per game.
This game seems to be very even. The two teams are similar in numbers and performance. The game is likely to come down to shooting, where I think Purdue has a slight edge. Purdue is shooting over 50 percent from the field and 44 percent from 3-point land. Look for the Boilermakers to continue their strong shooting on the floor of the Pacers to grab the win.
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