Western Illinois Leathernecks vs Purdue Boilermakers Odds
The Purdue Boilermakers will try to pay off for their supporters on Wednesday when they play host to the Western Illinois Leathernecks at Mackey Arena in NCAA basketball action.
Supporters of the Leathernecks have watched them go 22-8 and 14-11-1 ATS on the year, while the Boilermakers are at 15-17 and 14-17-1 ATS. In totals betting, the Boilermakers are 16-16, while the Leathernecks have a 10-13 mark.
Power Rankings / Prediction:
The Odds Shark Power Rankings have the Boilermakers at No. 71 and the Leathernecks at No. 218 heading into this contest. Handicapping models at Odds Shark project a 67-61 result in favor of the Leathernecks.
How They Match Up:
Rating these schools in several key categories is important for handicappers and Purdue has the nation's No. 232-rated offensive output, at 65.2 PPG. The visiting Leathernecks defense ranks No. 2 allowing on average 52.7 PPG. The Boilermakers FG% has averaged 42.1% so far, less than the Leathernecks marksmen have achieved on the year, 46.5% per game.
Comparing how these foes stack up statistically, Western Illinois owns the country's No. 2-rated mark, allowing 55.1 points per game on the highway. Purdue, on the other hand, rates No. 215 in scoring at home.
In their last action, Western Illinois was a 55-43 loser at home against North Dakota State. They failed to cover the 6-point spread as underdogs. Adam Link scored 12 points in a futile effort to lead the Leathernecks to a win (they lost 55-43 to North Dakota State at Sioux Falls Arena on Monday).
Last time out for Purdue, they were a 57-55 loser as they battled Nebraska at home. They failed to cover in the match as a 5.5-point favorite. D.J. Byrd scored 15 points in a futile effort to lead the Boilermakers to a win (they lost 57-55 to Nebraska at United Center on Thursday).
Purdue Boilermakers Trends:
When playing on Wednesday are 7-3
After playing Nebraska are 2-1
After a loss are 6-4
A few Leathernecks at Boilermakers trends to consider:
The total has gone OVER in 4 of Purdue's last 6 games at home
Purdue is 3-6 SU in its last 9 games
Purdue is 2-4 SU in its last 6 games at home