NCAA Basketball Game Preview - Mountaineers underdogs vs Boilermakers at Purdue
West Virginia Mountaineers vs Purdue Boilermakers Odds
The Purdue Boilermakers will try to pay off for their supporters on Saturday when they play host to the West Virginia Mountaineers at Mackey Arena in NCAA basketball action.
The Mountaineers will try to spoil to the party on Saturday; they are 5-8-1 ATS against the number this season, while the Boilermakers are 7-10 ATS. West Virginia is 5-9 on the totals; Purdue is 8-9.
If you were backing the visitors in this one, the Mountaineers were listed as 3.5-point underdogs earlier in the day at Bovada.
Power Rankings / Prediction:
The Power Rankings at Odds Shark show No. 82-rated West Virginia taking on the No. 47-rated Boilermakers in this contest. The scores prediction computer here indicates a possible 70-67 win for the Boilermakers on Saturday.
How They Match Up:
When it comes to rebounds, the visiting Mountaineers rank No. 45 in NCAA Division 1 with 38.7 per game. That compares with Purdue’s No. 15 ranking in that category. The story is different when it comes to three-point shooting where Purdue is college basketball's No. 323-ranked team at 4.2 per game, while the Mountaineers rate No. 277 with 5 per game.
Defensively, West Virginia features the nation's No. 102-rated defense on the road, allowing 66.4 points per game. Purdue, meanwhile, comes in at No. 249 nationally in scoring at home.
Last time out for West Virginia, they were a 69-67 loser as they battled Iowa State on the road. They covered in the match as an 8.5-point underdog. The Mountaineers got 20 points from Jabarie Hinds, but it was Iowa State that prevailed in a 69-67 final on Wednesday at Hilton Coliseum.
In their last action, Purdue was a 65-56 winner on the road against Nebraska. They covered the 2-point spread as favorites. Purdue earned a 65-56 victory over Nebraska on Wednesday, getting 18 points from Terone Johnson at Bob Devaney Sports Center.
West Virginia Mountaineers Trends:
When playing on Saturday are 8-2
After a loss are 5-5
Purdue Boilermakers Trends:
When playing on Saturday are 7-3
Before playing Michigan are 6-4
After playing Nebraska are 1-1
After a win are 4-6
A few Mountaineers at Boilermakers trends to consider:
The total has gone UNDER in 10 of West Virginia's last 12 games on the road
West Virginia is 2-3-1 ATS in its last 6 games on the road
West Virginia is 1-5 SU in its last 6 games on the road
Purdue is 4-1 SU in its last 5 games at home
Purdue is 5-2 SU in its last 7 games
The total has gone OVER in 4 of Purdue's last 6 games
Purdue is 3-6 ATS in its last 9 games
West Virginia home to TCU, Wednesday, January 23
Purdue at Michigan, Thursday, January 24