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Indiana Hoosiers vs. Purdue Boilermakers - 2/19/15 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Purdue Boilermakers (17-9) at Indiana Hoosiers (18-8)

College Basketball: Thursday, February 19, 2015 at 7:00 pm (Branch McCracken Court at Assembly Hall)

The Line: Indiana Hoosiers -3.5 -- Over/Under: See the Latest Odds

TV: ESPN

The Purdue Boilermakers will travel to Assembly Hall (Indiana) to take on the Indiana Hoosiers this Thursday night in College Basketball action.

The Purdue Boilermakers improved to 17-9 (9-4 Big 10) on the season after defeating the Nebraska Cornhuskers, 66-54, this past Sunday. Purdue shot 38.5% from the field and 38.1% (8-21) from beyond the arc in the victory. Leading the way for the Boilermakers was Vince Edwards who had 15 points, 5 rebounds, and 3 assists. Purdue is ranked 64th in the RPI Standings and has played the 81st ranked SOS. On the season, the Boilermakers have been led by A.J. Hammons (10.9 ppg, 6.5 rpg, 2.9 bpg) and Rapheal Davis (10.7 ppg, 4.0 rpg, 2.5 apg). Purdue is averaging 70.9 ppg (ranked 87th) on 45.5% shooting (ranked 81st). The Boilermakers average 15.1 apg (ranked 34th and pull down 12 offensive rpg (ranked 83rd).  Purdue is holding their opponents to an average of 63.7 ppg (ranked 111th) on 39.9% shooting (ranked 58th). The Boilermakers average 5.5 bpg (ranked 16th) and have a rebound margin of 4.7 (ranked 43rd).

Indiana Hoosiers vs. Purdue Boilermakers - 2/19/15 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction

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The Indiana Hoosiers improved to 18-8 (8-5 Big 10) on the season after defeating the Minnesota Golden Gophers, 90-71, this past Sunday. Indiana shot 59.3% from the field and 56.3% (18-32) from beyond the arc in the victory. Leading the way for the Hoosiers was James Blackmon Jr. who had 24 points, 7 rebounds, and 2 assists. Indiana is ranked 29th in the RPI Standings and has played the 19th ranked SOS. On the season, the Hoosiers have been led by James Blackmon Jr. (16.2 ppg, 5.4 rpg, 1.4 apg) and Yogi Ferrell (16.0 ppg, 3.3 rpg, 5.0 apg). Indiana is averaging 79.6 ppg (ranked 12th) on 47.9% shooting (ranked 22nd). The Hoosiers are averaging 9.4 three-pointers per game (ranked 9th) on 41.7% three-point shooting (ranked 3rd). Indiana is holding their opponents to an average of 72.4 ppg (ranked 306th) on 45.7% shooting (ranked 298th). The Hoosiers are pulling down 36.15 total rpg (ranked 92nd) and have a rebound margin of 4.0 (ranked 58th).

The Boilermakers are 5-0 ATS in their last 5 games following a S.U. win and 5-1 ATS in their last 6 road games. The Hoosiers are 4-1 ATS in their last 5 games following a S.U. win and 7-3 ATS in their last 10 home games.

Purdue has played itself back into contention for a NCAA at-large bid after winning 6 of their last 7 which included home wins vs. Iowa, Indiana, and Ohio State. Indiana has been play .500 ball in their last 6 games, however, have been a dominating 15-1 at home this season. Purdue has looked great as of late while also showing that they can win on the road, however, playing Indiana at Assembly Hall is a whole different challenge. Purdue is allowing teams to shoot 35.7% from beyond the arc (ranked 239th) and as Indiana generally shoots lights out at home, I'm taking the Hoosiers to cover this small spread. Take Indiana to cover. 

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