Wisconsin vs. Purdue - 2/18/20 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction
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Purdue (14-12) at Wisconsin (15-10)
College Basketball: Tuesday, February 18, 2020 at 7:00 pm (Kohl Center)
The Line: Wisconsin -3 -- Over/Under: 121.5 Click Here for the Latest Odds
The Purdue Boilermakers (14-12, CONF 7-8) and Wisconsin Badgers (15-10, 8-6) face off in a Big Ten showdown at the Kohl Center. The Boilermakers knocked off the Badgers earlier this year 70-51.
The Boilermakers still have some work to do to make the NCAA tournament, and a win in this game could go a long way in making it happen. The Boilermakers had won three games in a row, but now they have struggled a bit losing two games in a row.
Purdue’s offense is averaging 68.6 points per game, while the defense is giving up 62.1 points. The Boilermakers' defense is ranked 22nd in basketball in terms of points, but they are letting opponents shoot 41.5 percent which is 105th in Division 1.
The Boilermakers are led by Trevion Williams who is averaging only 21.3 minutes putting up 11 points and 7.4 rebounds.
The Badgers have been thrown a couple of curveballs this season, but they have still stayed afloat and come into this game having won three of the last four games. Wisconsin isn’t known as an elite offensive team, but on Saturday against Nebraska they put up 81 points which led to a blowout victory.
Wisconsin is led by Nate Reuvers who is averaging 13.6 points while shooting 46.2 percent from the field. On the season Wisconsin is ranked 304th in basketball in scoring, which means the defense is going to need to be strong.
The over is 6-2 in the Boilermakers last eight overall games. The under is 7-3 in the Boilermakers last ten road games. The over is 8-2-1 in the Badgers last 11 games overall.
The Badgers are 5-2-1 in their last eight home games. The favorite is 6-2 in the last eight meetings between Wisconsin and Purdue.
The Badgers are the better team, and their defense should be the difference in this game. The Boilermakers' inability to score will allow the Badgers to win this game and cover the spread.