Illinois vs Purdue Prediction - Basketball Picks 3/5/23

Purdue Boilermakers (25-5) vs Illinois Fighting Illini (20-10)

Game Info: Sunday, March 5, 2023 at 12:30 pm (Mackey Arena)

Betting Odds: Purdue Boilermakers -8 -- Over/Under: 139 Click Here for the Latest Odds

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The Illinois Fighting Illini and Purdue Boilermakers face off on Sunday in a college basketball showdown at Mackey Arena. When these two teams faced off in February of last year it was Purdue that secured the 84-68 victory. 

Illinois Betting Preview

Illinois comes into this game with a 20-10 record overall and they have gone 17-13 against the spread. It took double overtime in the last game against Michigan, but they were able to secure the 91-87 victory. Two games ago against Ohio State the offense only managed 60 points and that led to the 12 point defeat. Illinois averages 74.7 points while their defense gives up 66.3 points per game. The offense is ranked 113th in the league while the defense is ranked 72nd. Terrence Shannon Jr is averaging 17.2 points while shooting 43.5 percent from the field and 32.2 percent from behind the three-point line. 

Purdue Betting Preview

On the other side of this matchup is Purdue who sits with a 25-5 record overall and they have gone 12-16-2 against the spread. In the last game against Illinois, Prudue was really tested, but they ended up winning 63-61 over Wisconsin. Purdue is averaging 73.1 points while their defense is giving up 62.2 points per gmae. The offense is ranked 145th while the defense is ranked 21st. Zach Edey has played like the National Play of the Year and they are averaging 22.1 points while shooting 61.6 percent from the field. 

Illinois vs Purdue Trends

The over is 4-0-1 in Purdue’s last five home games. The over is 4-0-1 in Purdue’s last five home games against a team with a losing road record. The over is 4-0-1 in Purdue’s last five home games against a team with a losing road record. 

Shane’s Free Pick

Purdue has been playing down the competition a little as of late, and that is going to continue again in this game. Illinois really battled in the last game, and Terrence Shannon Jr was quite impressive putting up 21 points. Look for Illinois to run up the score here and that is going to be enough for the Fighting Illini to cover the spread. 

Shane’s Pick Illinois +8

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