Xavier at Purdue Prediction - College Basketball Picks 11/13/23

Purdue Boilermakers (2-0) vs Xavier Musketeers (2-0)

Game Info: Monday, November 13, 2023 at 8:30 pm (Mackey Arena)

Betting Odds: Purdue Boilermakers -17.5 -- Over/Under: 151.5 Click Here for the Latest Odds

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The Xavier Musketeers will head to West Lafayette to meet the Purdue Boilermakers in the Gavitt Tipoff Games this Monday from Mackey Arena on FS1. Xavier has won all four meetings dating back to 2005.

Xavier Musketeers Preview

Xavier comes in at 2-0 after defeating Jacksonville in Cincinnati, 79-56. The Musketeers came out sharper in game two by outscoring the Dolphins by double figures in each half, and they’ll look to raise some eyebrows here against Purdue. Xavier is scoring 78.0 points per game, on 47.9% shooting, while allowing 59.5 ppg.

Xavier Player Notes

• Sophomore guard Desmond Claude led the way with a career-high 25 points on 10/17 shooting in the game one victory over RMU, and he leads Xavier in scoring at 18.5 ppg.

• Rice transfer Quincy Olivari scored a team-high 17 points in the win over Jacksonville, and he’s averaging 15.0 ppg, 3.5 rpg, and 3.5 apg through two games.

• Former North Texas forward Abou Ousmane had flirted with double-doubles in his first two games with Xavier, and he leads the team in rebounding (7.0), while scoring 10.0 ppg. 


Purdue Boilermakers Preview

Purdue enters at 2-0 after defeating Morehead State at home, 87-57. The Boilermakers also controlled both halves to cover the 30-point margin on the head, and they’ll look to pin their first signature win of the season. Purdue is scoring 92.5 points per game, on 54.5% shooting, while allowing 51.0 ppg. 

Purdue Player Notes

• Senior center Zach Edey double-doubled in the season-opening win over Samford, and he leads Purdue in scoring (17.0) and rebounding (9.5) early on. enjoyed a smooth season debut with a routine 16-point double-double against the Bulldogs.

• Sophomore guard Braden Smith flirted with a triple-double (11/8/11) in the win over Morehead, and he leads the team in assists (9.0), while scoring 11.5 ppg and 6.0 rpg.  

• SIU transfer Lance Jones picked things up with 15 points against Morehead State, and he’s third on the team at 10.5 ppg. 


Xavier vs Purdue Trends

XAV is 1-1 against the spread, with a 1-1 O/U record

PUR is 2-0 ATS, with a 1-1 over/under record.

Corey’s Free Pick

One of the first marquee matchups on Purdue’s schedule could give them trouble early on, and with a date with Gonzaga in Honolulu looming this week, their eyes could also be ahead of schedule, but after last season’s premature exit, I believe Matt Painter will have his squad focused early on. We will learn more about Xavier in this game, as they had to replace a big chunk of production, and this will make for quite the first test. With the margin sitting a bit large, I like backing the Over, as Purdue will be capable of handling the heavy duty on their home floor in search of their first ever victory over Xavier.

The pick in this article is the opinion of the writer, not a PickDawgz site consensus.

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