Purdue vs Illinois Prediction College Basketball Picks 3/5/24

Illinois (22-7) vs Purdue (26-3)

Game Info: Tuesday, March 5, 2024 at 7:00 pm (State Farm Center)

Betting Odds: Illinois -1.5 -- Over/Under: 163.5 Click Here for the Latest Odds

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The Purdue Boilermakers will play the Illinois Fighting Illini in a Big Ten game on Tuesday night at the State Farm Center in Champaign, Illinois. Purdue has won three games in a row, while Illinois is also on a three game winning streak. Let’s take a look at the betting matchup and the Purdue vs Illinois prediction.

Purdue Preview

The Purdue Boilermakers are 26-3 (15-3) this year after they defeated MSU by a score of 80-74 in their last game. Purdue led 38-35 at halftime and they scored 42 points in the second half for the win. The Boilermakers shot 51% from the field and made 10 three pointers in the game. Purdue has won three games in a row and 12 of their last 13, with the lone loss coming against Ohio State. The Boilermakers are scoring 84.7 points per game with 40.8 rebounds per game and 18.2 assists per game, while allowing 70.2 points against per game this year. Zach Edey is averaging 24 points, 11.8 rebounds, and 1.9 assists per game. Purdue is shooting 49.2% from the field, 72% on free throws, and 40.5% on three pointers this season. 

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Illinois Preview

The Illinois Fighting Illini are 22-7 (13-5) this season after they defeated Wisconsin by a score of 91-83 in their last game. Illinois led 39-37 at the half, but they scored 52 second half points to pull away for the win. The Fighting Illini shot 51.8% from the field and made 24 free throws in the game. Illinois has won three games in a row and five of their last six, with the lone loss coming against Penn State on the road. The Fighting Illini are scoring 84.8 points per game with 41.5 rebounds per game and 13.1 assists per game, while allowing 73.2 points against per game this season. Terrence Shannon Jr. is averaging 22 points per game, 4.4 rebounds per game, and 2.2 assists per game. Illinois is shooting 47.3% from the field, 74.3% on free throws, and 35.4% on three pointers this year. 

Purdue vs Illinois Betting Prediction

These two teams sit at the top of the Big Ten standings, but Purdue does have a two game lead on the Fighting Illini. Both teams have won three games in a row and both are scoring over 84 points per game this year. Purdue does have the better shooting percentage and is allowing fewer points against per game, but Illinois will be at home. Purdue won the first meeting by a score of 83-78, but I think Illinois has the advantage here. The Fighting Illini have scored 91 points or more in three straight games and I like them to pick up a big home win here. 

David’s Pick Illinois ML

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