Notre Dame Fighting Irish visit Purdue Boilermakers in college basketball clash
Notre Dame Fighting Irish vs Purdue Boilermakers Odds
The Purdue Boilermakers will try to cover the spread at Bankers Life Fieldhouse on Saturday when they get a visit from the Notre Dame Fighting Irish in NCAA basketball action.
The game is being played at Bankers Life Fieldhouse, which makes it technically a neutral site match.
The Boilermakers sit at 4-5 (4-5 ATS) on the season. By comparison, the Fighting Irish are currently 8-1 (4-3 ATS). Looking to wager on the totals? Purdue is 3-6 OU, and Notre Dame is 3-1 OU.
Sportsbooks such as BetOnline had set the Boilermakers as 6.5-point underdogs on the opening line for this contest. It may have moved, check for updates.
Power Rankings / Prediction:
The Odds Shark Power Rankings have the Boilermakers at No. 26 and the Fighting Irish at No. 88 heading into this contest. Handicapping models at Odds Shark project a 80-72 result in favor of the Fighting Irish.
How They Match Up:
Scoring and defensive stats point to some edges in this matchup. The game features Purdue's No. 207-ranked scoring average of 66.6 PPG, against a Fighting Irish defense rated No. 43 and allowing 58.3 PPG. The Boilermakers FG% has averaged 41.6% to date this season, less than the Fighting Irish shooters have managed so far (49% per game).
Defensively, Notre Dame features the nation's No. 304-rated defense on the road, allowing 79 points per game. Purdue, meanwhile, comes in at No. 233 nationally in scoring at home.
Notre Dame won its last outing, an 84-57 result against Brown on December 8. They covered in that game as a 22-point favorite. The Fighting Irish blew out Brown on Saturday, running up a 20+ point victory in an 84-57 win at Joyce Center.
In their last action, Purdue was a 47-44 loser on the road against Eastern Michigan. They failed to cover the 10.5-point spread as favorites. The Boilermakers got 12 points from Terone Johnson, but it was Eastern Michigan that prevailed in a 47-44 final on Saturday at EMU Convocation Center.
Notre Dame Fighting Irish Trends:
When playing on Saturday are 8-2
Before playing IUPU Fort Wayne are 2-0
After playing Brown are 1-0
After a win are 7-3
Purdue Boilermakers Trends:
When playing on Saturday are 7-3
Before playing Ball State are 4-0
After playing Eastern Michigan are 1-1
After a loss are 8-2
Notre Dame home to IUPU Fort Wayne, Monday, December 17
Purdue home to Ball State, Tuesday, December 18