Wisconsin at Purdue: 3/2/21 College Basketball Picks and Prediction
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Purdue Boilermakers (16-8) vs Wisconsin Badgers (16-9)
Game Info: Tuesday, March 2, 2021 at 9:00 pm (Mackey Arena)
Betting Odds: Purdue Boilermakers -2 -- Over/Under: 128.5 Click Here for the Latest Odds
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The 25th ranked Wisconsin Badgers will travel to the Mackey Arena to take on the 23rd ranked Purdue Boilermakers this Tuesday night in College Basketball action.
The 25th ranked Wisconsin Badgers dropped to 16-9 on the season after being defeated by the 5th ranked Illinois Fighting Illini, 74-69, this past Saturday. Wisconsin had no answers on either end of the floor for Illinois and could not fight all the way back after falling behind by a 51-38 margin with 8:47 left in regulation. Wisconsin shot 34.8% from the field and 32.3% from beyond the arc while Illinois shot 52.1% from the field and 55.6% from beyond the arc. Wisconsin won the turnover battle by a 20-8 margin, however, was outrebounded by Illinois by a 43-30 margin in the loss. Leading the way for the Badgers was D’Mitrik Trice who had 29 points, 2 assists, & 1 steal.
On the season, Wisconsin is averaging 69.8 ppg on 41.9% shooting from the field. The Badgers are averaging 8.5 three-pointers per game on 35.7% shooting from beyond the arc. Offensively, Wisconsin has been led by D’Mitrik Trice (14.1 ppg, 3.5 rpg, 3.9 apg, 1.0 spg), Micah Potter (12.5 ppg, 6.2 rpg, 1.3 apg), Brad Davison (8.8 ppg, 3.5 rpg, 2.1 apg, 1.2 spg), & Aleem Ford (8.6 ppg, 4.2 rpg, 1.2 apg).
Defensively, Wisconsin is holding their opponents to an average of 63.2 ppg on 41.5% shooting from the field. The Badgers have a rebound margin of -0.8 and a turnover margin of 3.2.
The 23rd ranked Purdue Boilermakers won their 3rd straight game and improved to 16-8 on the season after defeating the Penn State Nittany Lions, 73-52, this past Friday night. Purdue was incredible on the defensive end against Penn State and had little trouble securing the victory after going into halftime with a 41-26 lead. Purdue shot 51.9% from the field and 36.8% from beyond the arc while Penn State shot 35.5% from the field and 20.7% from beyond the arc. Purdue outrebounded Penn State by a 41-28 margin and forced 12 turnovers in the victory. Leading the way for the Boilermakers was Sasha Stefanovic who had 16 points, 2 rebounds, 3 assists, & 2 steals.
On the season, Purdue is averaging 70.9 ppg on 45.0% shooting from the field. The Boilermakers are averaging 7.2 three-pointers per game on 33.6% shooting from beyond the arc. Offensively, Purdue has been led by Trevion Williams (15.8 ppg, 9.0 rpg, 2.1 apg), Sasha Stefanovic (10.0 ppg, 2.8 rpg, 2.2 apg, Eric Hunter Jr. (9.8 ppg, 2.4 rpg, 3.0 apg, 1.2 spg), & Jaden Ivey (9.3 ppg, 3.6 rpg, 1.9 apg).
Defensively, Purdue is holding their opponents to an average of 65.6 ppg on 41.3% shooting from the field. The Boilermakers have a rebound margin of 6.2 and a turnover margin of -1.1.
The Badgers are 8-1-2 ATS in their last 11 games following a straight up loss, however, are 0-5 ATS in their last 5 games vs. a team with a winning % above .600. The Boilermakers are 9-3-1 ATS in their last 13 games overall and 6-2 ATS in their last 8 games following a ATS win.
Wisconsin has struggled as of late, losing 5 of their last 8 games, and despite having a solid defense, the offense has really struggled this season as the Badgers currently rank just t-216th in scoring offense & 271st in FG%. Purdue has won 4 of their last 5 games and have been decent on both sides of the ball as the Boilermakers rank 125th in scoring offense, 60th in scoring defense, & 71st in defensive FG%. Purdue is an impressive 9-1 at home this season and as I think the Wisconsin offense is going to struggle in this one, I think Purdue will do enough offensively to cover this small home spread. Good Luck!