Purdue vs. IPFW - 12/8/14 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction
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IUPU Fort Wayne Mastodons (5-2) at Purdue Boilermakers (6-2)
College Basketball: Monday, December 8, 2014 at 7:00 pm (Mackey Arena)
The Line: Purdue Boilermakers -13 -- Over/Under:
The Purdue Boilermakers and the IPFW Mastodons face off on Monday in West Lafayette in college basketball action.
The Purdue Boilermakers are 6-2 this season and after knocking off Missouri, BYU, and NC State they were upset at home by North Florida. Purdue is averaging 77.9 points and they are shooting 47 percent from the floor while defensively they are allowing 61.9 points and their opponents are shooting 47 percent. Isaac Haas leads the Boilermakers averaging 12.2 points and 5.5 rebounds. Vince Edwards is averaging 12.1 points and 7.0 rebounds, Kendall Stephens is averaging 11.6 points, and A.J. Hammons is averaging 9.8 points and 4.8 rebounds. Purdue starts their Big Ten schedule on December 31st against Minnesota.
The IPFW Mastodons are 5-2 this season and they have won three of their last four games. IPFW is averaging 78.7 points and hey are shooting 48.9 percent while defensively they are allowing 73.7 points and their opponents shoot 46.7 percent. Steve Forbes leads the Mastodons averaging 16.4 points and 6.6 rebounds. Mo Evans is averaging 12.6 points, Joe Edwards is averaging 11.6 points, and Isaiah McCray is averaging 11.1 points and 7.4 rebounds. IPFW has played the 347th ranked schedule in the nation.
Purdue is 5-1 against the spread following a loss, 6-1 against the spread against a team with a winning record, and 4-9 against the spread in their last 13 home games. IPFW is 7-1-1 against the spread in their last nine road games, 22-8-2 against the spread following a win, and 34-16-3 against in their last 53 games.
When I first looked at the line my pick was IPFW but after digging a little deeper I just have trouble picking the Mastodons on the road as their defense just doesn’t appear that it will hold up.