Wisconsin vs. Purdue - 3/14/15 Big Ten Semifinal Pick, Odds, and Prediction
Purdue at Wisconsin Badgers (28-3)
College Basketball: Saturday, March 14, 2015 at 1:00 pm (United Center)
The Line: Wisconsin -9.5 -- Over/Under: See the Latest Odds
The Purdue Boilermakers and Wisconsin Badgers meet Saturday in the Big Ten semifinal.
The Purdue Boilermakers look for a win after beating Penn State on Friday. On the season, Purdue is averaging 70.8 points on 45.7 percent shooting and is allowing 64.5 points on 40 percent shooting. A.J. Hammons is averaging 11.5 points and 6.5 rebounds while Rapheal Davis is averaging 11 points and 2.7 assists. Jon Octeus is grabbing 4.7 rebounds and Kendall Stephens is shooting 35.5 percent from the field. The Purdue Boilermakers have four players averaging at least nine points, and they’re shooting 68 percent from the line and 33.1 percent from deep. Defensively, Purdue is allowing 34.6 percent shooting from deep and has given up 65 or less points in eight of its last 10 games.
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The Wisconsin Badgers look to keep rolling after beating Michigan on Friday. On the season, Wisconsin is averaging 71.7 points on 48 percent shooting and is allowing 55.9 points on 41.8 percent shooting. Frank Kaminsky is averaging 18.4 points and 8.1 rebounds while Sam Dekker is averaging 13.1 points and 5.5 rebounds. Nigel Hayes is the third double-digit scorer and Bronson Koenig is dishing 2.2 assists. The Wisconsin Badgers have five players averaging at least seven points, and they’re shooting 75.4 percent from the line and 35.1 percent from deep. Defensively, Wisky is allowing 35.4 percent shooting from deep and has given up 63 or less points in 10 straight games.
The Boilermakers are 4-10 ATS in their last 14 neutral site games and 7-2 ATS in their last 9 games following a S.U. win. The Badgers are 10-3-1 ATS in their last 14 neutral site games and 2-5 ATS in their last 7 games vs. a team with a winning S.U. record. The Boilermakers are 11-5 ATS in the last 16 meetings.
Once again, the Badgers are flat out awful when it comes to the spread, which is why we've faded them for much of the season. Nothing changes here against a solid Purdue team that should be awake after sleepwalking against PSU.