Wisconsin vs. Purdue - 1/7/15 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction
Purdue Boilermakers (10-5) at Wisconsin Badgers (14-1)
College Basketball: Wednesday, January 7, 2015 at 7:00 pm (Kohl Center)
The Line: Wisconsin Badgers -16 -- Over/Under: See the Latest Odds
TV: Big Ten Network
The Purdue Boilermakers and Wisconsin Badgers play Wednesday night at the Kohl Center.
The Purdue Boilermakers have split their last eight games and play their second true road game. On the season, Purdue is averaging 75.1 points on 46.2 percent shooting and is allowing 64.5 points on 40.7 percent shooting. Kendall Stephens is averaging 11 points on 38.2 percent shooting and Vince Edwards is averaging 10.6 points and 5.9 rebounds. A.J. Hammons is grabbing six rebounds and Isaac Haas is shooting 61.3 percent from the field. The Purdue Boilermakers are a solid offensive team that has four double-digit scorers, and they’re shooting 68.9 percent from the line and 34 percent from downtown. Defensively, Purdue is forcing 13.2 turnovers and has allowed 68 or less points in four of its last seven games.
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The Wisconsin Badgers have won seven straight games and look for their third conference win. On the season, Wisconsin is averaging 75.1 points on 49.5 percent shooting and is allowing 54.1 points on 39.2 percent shooting. Frank Kaminsky is averaging 16.6 points and 8.5 rebounds while Sam Dekker is averaging 12.7 points and 4.5 rebounds. Nigel Hayes is the third player averaging double-digit points and Traevon Jackson is dishing 3.1 assists. The Wisconsin Badgers have six players averaging at least 6.9 points, and they’re shooting 74.2 percent from the line and 35.7 percent from beyond the arc. The Badgers are also turning the ball over just nine times. Defensively, Wisconsin is forcing 11.9 turnovers and has allowed 58 or less points in six of its last seven games.
The Boilermakers are 6-1 ATS in their last 7 vs. Big Ten and 7-2 ATS in their last 9 games overall. The Badgers are 2-5 ATS in their last 7 vs. Big Ten and 14-5-1 ATS in their last 20 games overall. The Boilermakers are 6-2 ATS in the last 8 meetings in Wisconsin and the road team is 4-0 ATS in the last 4 meetings.
While Purdue can be a sneaky good team, its only true road game was a loss to Vanderbilt. Considering the Badgers are a much better team than Vandy and with the way they've been playing all year, look for a blowout here.