Purdue Boilermakers (3-0) at Davidson Wildcats (3-0)
College Basketball: Wednesday, November 16, 2018 at 6:30 pm (TD Arena)
The Line: Davidson Wildcats +7.5 -- Over/Under: Click to Get Latest Betting Odds
The 23rd ranked Purdue Boilermakers and Davidson Wildcats will face off in the semifinals of the Charleston Classic at TD Arena this Friday night.
The 23rd ranked Purdue Boilermakers improved to 3-0 on the season after defeating the Appalachian State Mountaineers, 92-70, last night. Purdue had a sizable lead through the game in this one and easily secured the victory after taking a 46-32 halftime lead. Purdue shot 54.5% from the field and 41.9% from beyond the arc in the victory. The Boilermakers outrebounded the Mountaineers by a 36-32 margin and won the turnover battle by a 15-12 margin. Leading the way for the for the Boilermakers was Carsen Edwards who had 25 points, 3 rebounds, 3 assists, and a steal.
Going into their matchup against the Mountaineers, Purdue was averaging 87.0 ppg on 48.4% shooting from the field. The Boilermakers were averaging 10.5 three-pointers per game on 33.9% shooting from beyond the arc. Offensively, Purdue has been led by Carsen Edwards (26.5 ppg, 2.5 rpg, 3.5 apg), Matt Haarms (12.5 ppg, 6.0 rpg, 1.5 bpg), Evan Boudreaux (12.0 ppg, 4.5 rpg), and Ryan Cline (11.0 ppg, 3.0 rpg, 6.5 apg, 1.0 spg). Defensively, Purdue was holding their opponents to an average of 66.0 ppg on 42.0% shooting from the field. The Boilermakers had a rebound margin of 13.0 and a turnover margin of 3.0.
The Davidson Wildcats remained undefeated on the season, improving to 3-0 on the young season, after defeating the Wichita State Shockers, 57-53, last night. Davidson was down by double-digits early in the 2nd half, however, was able to fight back into the game thanks to their defense and took the lead for good after an 8-0 run gave Davidson a 55-50 lead with just :12 seconds left in regulation. Davidson shot just 36.5% from the field however held the Shockers to just 30.8% shooting from the field and 26.7% shooting from beyond the arc. Davidson was outrebounded by Wichita State by a 44-35 margin and committed 13 turnovers in the victory. Leading the way for the Wildcats was Jon Axel Gudmundsson who had 33 points, 8 rebounds, 3 assists, and a steal.
Going into their matchup against the Shockers, Davidson was averaging 81.0 ppg on 44.5% shooting from the field. The Wildcats were averaging 8.5 three-pointers per game on 31.5% shooting from beyond the arc. Offensively, Davidson has been led by Kellan Grady (23.5 ppg, 5.0 rpg, 2.0 apg, 2.0 spg), Jon Axel Gudmundsson (20.0 ppg, 7.5 rpg, 5.0 apg), Luka Brajkovic (14.0 ppg, 6.5 rpg, 2.0 apg), and Carter Collins (7.5 ppg, 5.5 rpg, 1.0 bpg). Defensively, Davidson was holding their opponents to an average of 69.5 ppg on 46.5% shooting from the field. The Wildcats had a rebound margin of 14.5 and a turnover margin of 4.0.
The Boilermakers are 36-17 ATS in their last 53 non-conference games however, are 0-4 ATS in their last 4 games following an ATS win. The Wildcats are 5-1 ATS in their last 6 games following an ATS loss and 15-7-1 ATS in their last 23 games overall.
Purdue lost a bunch of talent from last year’s 30-win team however, the one starter that returned is Carsen Edwards who is one of the best players in the country. Purdue still has some size underneath but this team however, Edwards is going to be main option in every offensive position and the Boilermakers will need to hope that some of returning players can help take a bigger role in the offense. Davidson lost Peyton Aldridge however, return two outstanding players in Kellan Grady & Jon Axel Gudmundsson that should have the Wildcats, who are one of the most fundamentally sound teams in the country, be the team to beat in the A-10 this season. This game has yet to be lined, however, as the Wildcats should be able to battle Purdue on the boards and have a few scorers to help cancel out the damage that Edwards will most likely do, I’m initially leaning on taking Davidson and the few points I’m expecting them to get.
Update (12:49 PM) - Davidson is getting enough points that I'm sticking with my orignal thoughts from yesterday. Take Davidson and the points.