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Wisconsin vs. Purdue - 2/15/18 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Purdue Boilermakers (23-4) at Wisconsin Badgers (11-16)

College Basketball: Thursday, February 15, 2018 at 7:00 pm (Kohl Center)

The Line: Wisconsin Badgers +9 -- Over/Under: 138 See the Latest Odds

TV: ESPN

We have some Big Ten college basketball action on tap as the #6 Purdue Boilermakers take on the Wisconsin Badgers on Thursday night.

The #6 Purdue Boilermakers will look to rebound from back-to-back losses, including a 68-65 loss to Michigan State in their last outing. Isaac Haas led Purdue with 25 points on 12 of 22 shooting, while Carsen Edwards added 14 points as the only other Boilermaker to finish in double figures scoring in the loss. Vince Edwards and Dakota Mathias each added 8 points and a team-high 6 assists, with Edwards adding a team-high 7 rebounds in the losing effort. Carsen Edwards leads Purdue in scoring with 16.9 points per game while Vince Edwards leads the Boilermakers with 7.8 rebounds per game and Mathias is Purdue’s top assist man with 4.5 assists per game. As a team, Purdue is scoring 82.5 points per game on 49.6% shooting from the field, while boasting the 3rd-best 3-point percentage in the country at 42.4% in addition to a 75.2% mark from the foul line this season.

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Wisconsin vs. Purdue - 2/15/18 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction

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The Wisconsin Badgers are in dire need of a win after losing 9 of their last 11 games following an 83-72 loss to Michigan in their last outing. Ethan Happ led Wisconsin with 29 points on 12 of 23 shooting along with a team-high 7 rebounds. Brevin Pritzl came 2nd with 12 points on 4 of 7 shooting with a pair of threes, while Brad Davison added 10 points to round out the trio of double digit scorers for the Badgers in the loss. Khalil Iverson added 6 rebounds while dishing out a team-high 7 assists in the losing effort for Wisconsin. Happ leads Wisconsin with an average of 18.2 points, 8.3 rebounds and 3.9 assists per game this season. As a team, Wisconsin is scoring 67.6 points per game on 45.3% shooting from the field, 34% from behind the arc and 70% from the foul line this season.

Purdue is 0-5-1 ATS in their last 6 games overall and 4-1-2 ATS in their last 7 games following a loss while the under is 11-2 in their last 13 conference matchups. Wisconsin is 6-13-2 ATS in their last 21 games against a team with a winning record and 2-6 ATS in their last 8 Thursday games while the over is 5-2 in their last 7 games overall. Purdue is 4-0 ATS in the last 4 meetings between these two teams and 4-1 ATS in the last 5 meetings at Wisconsin. 

Purdue hasn’t looked spectacular in losing back-to-back games, but those losses came against Michigan State and Ohio State, two of the best that the Big 12 has to offer this season. Wisconsin is losing games left and right and the Badgers are just playing out the string and hoping for a miracle in the conference tournament. Add in Purdue’s success ATS both overall and on the road in this matchup, and I think you have to give the nod to Purdue given Wisconsin’s current form.

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