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Favorites Facing Little Issue When Purdue, Michigan Clash

Purdue and Michigan will meet early Friday with a spot in the Big Ten conference semifinals on the line. If history is any indication, the favored Boilermakers should be taking the next step toward the conference title. In the past nine matchups between Purdue and Michigan, the favored team has gone 8-1 SU.

SHARK BITES
  • Michigan is 2-6 ATS in its last 8 games against Purdue.
  • Purdue is 7-1 SU and ATS in its last 8 games with 4 days off between games.
  • The total has gone OVER in 5 of Michigan's last 6 games.

Purdue enters its first game of the Big Ten tournament with wins in eight of the past nine games, the lone loss coming to Michigan. Despite being the much larger team in that game, the Boilermakers didn’t dominate the paint game like they normally do, with Caleb Swanigan and Isaac Haas combining for just 11 rebounds. Of course, containing Biggie has basically been impossible this season with the big man notching 25 double-doubles on the year.

Michigan will look to defeat Purdue for the second straight matchup, as the Wolverines picked up an 82-70 victory over the Boilermakers less than a month ago. Moe Wagner dominated during the first half of that outing, as the sophomore scored 22 of his career-high 24 points in the opening stanza. The guard duo of Derrick Walton Jr. and Zak Irvin has been heating up for Michigan with the seniors averaging a combined 32.3 points while shooting 53.7 percent from the floor.

Opening Odds & Computer Pick

The Michigan Wolverines opened as 1-point underdogs in this one at most sportsbooks tracked at Odds Shark, including MyBookie. The total was set to open a bit later (check out Bovada for the latest situation).

Michigan Wolverines vs Purdue Boilermakers Matchup

Team Betting Records & Power Rankings

The Purdue Boilermakers sit at 25-6 (17-9-2 ATS) on the college basketball season. By comparison, the Michigan Wolverines are currently 21-11 (13-16 ATS). Looking to bet on the total points scored? Purdue is 15-12-1 OU, and Michigan is 17-11-1 OU.

According to new college basketball power rankings here at Odds Shark, it's the No. 47-ranked Purdue Boilermakers and the No. 11-rated Michigan Wolverines in this matchup.

Statistical Matchup

Scoring and defensive stats point to some betting edges in this matchup. The game features Purdue's No. 30-ranked scoring average of 80.45 PPG, against a Michigan Wolverines defense rated No. 32 and allowing 65.34 PPG. The Purdue Boilermakers FG% has averaged 48.03% to date this season, less than the Michigan Wolverines shooters have managed so far (48.14% per game).

Recent Outings Betting Recap

The Wolverines blew out Illinois on Thursday, running up a 20+ point victory in a 75-55 win at Verizon Center.

Caleb Swanigan scored 20 points and added 20 rebounds for a double-double, leading Purdue over Northwestern, 69-65, on Sunday at Welsh-Ryan Arena.

Betting Trends
  • Michigan is 6-3 ATS in its last 9 games
  • Michigan is 4-1 SU in its last 5 games
  • The total has gone OVER in 5 of Michigan's last 6 games
  • Michigan is 2-7-1 ATS in its last 10 games when playing Purdue
  • Purdue is 8-1 SU in its last 9 games
  • The total has gone UNDER in 6 of Purdue's last 9 games
  • Purdue is 6-2 ATS in its last 8 games when playing Michigan
  • Purdue is 3-6 SU in its last 9 games when playing Michigan

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