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Purdue Boilermakers vs. Wisconsin Badgers Pick, Odds, Prediction 1/25/14

Wisconsin Badgers (16-3) at Purdue Boilermakers (13-6)

College Basketball: Saturday, January 25, 2014 at 5:00 pm (Mackey Arena)

The Line: Purdue Boilermakers +4.5 -- Over/Under: See the Latest Odds

TV: Big Ten Network

The Purdue Boilermakers and the Wisconsin Badgers face off on Saturday in West Lafayette in Big Ten college basketball action.

The Purdue Boilermakers are 3-3 in Big Ten play this season but they are coming off of a tough overtime loss at Northwestern last time out. Purdue is 10-1 at home this season, 0-2 against teams ranked in the top 25, and they have played the 160th ranked schedule in the country. Terone Johnson is leading the Boilermakers averaging 13.5 points per game. Ronnie Johnson is averaging 10.9 points, A.J. Hammons is averaging 10.2 points and 7.2 rebounds, and Kendall Stephens and Bryson Scott average 7.4 points per game. Purdue is averaging 75.2 points and they are shooting 43.2 percent while defensively they are allowing 69.4 points and their opponents are shooting 40.7 percent. Purdue is 1-3 against teams with a RPI better than 50.

Purdue Boilermakers vs. Wisconsin Badgers Pick, Odds, Prediction 1/25/14

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The Wisconsin Badgers have lost their last three games and are reeling after a perfect start to the season. Wisconsin is 6-2 away from home and they have played the third ranked schedule in the nation. Sam Dekker leads the Badgers averaging 14.1 points and 6.3 rebounds. Frank Kaminsky is averaging 13.3 points and 5.8 rebounds, Ben Brust is averaging 12.9 points, and Traevon Jackson is averaging 10.9 points. Wisconsin is averaging 75.4 points and they are shooting 47.2 percent while defensively they are allowing 63.7 points and their opponents are shooting 42.7 percent. Wisconsin has simply been outscored and not been able to keep place in their losses.

Purdue is 2-5 against the spread against the Big Ten, 0-5 against the spread in their last five home games, and 8-3 against the spread following a game that they didn’t cover the point spread. Wisconsin is 1-4 against the spread against the Big Ten, 0-5 against the spread following a loss, and 1-4 against the spread against a team with a winning record. The underdog is 10-3 against the spread in the last 13 meetings of these two.

At the very least Purdue keeps this close enough to cover the number if they don’t win it outright. 

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Purdue Boilermakers +4.5

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