Purdue Boilermakers vs Illinois Fighting Illini Point Spread: Betting Preview Hints At Winner

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Jan 2, 8:30 PM | Mackey Arena

Illinois Fighting Illini vs Purdue Boilermakers Odds

13-1TEAM RECORD6-6

The Purdue Boilermakers host Illinois on Wednesday, looking to build on their 6-6 mark against the 13-1 Fighting Illini in college hoops action at Mackey Arena.

Supporters of the Fighting Illini have watched them go 13-1 and 5-6 ATS on the year, while the Boilermakers are at 6-6 and 4-8 ATS. In totals betting, the Boilermakers are 5-7, while the Fighting Illini have a 6-4 mark.

View Illinois vs Purdue Odds and Stats.

Betting Line:
Sportsbooks such as BetOnline had set the Boilermakers as 1.5-point underdogs on the opening line for this contest. It may have moved, check for updates.

Power Rankings / Prediction:
This game matches up the No. 39 (Boilermakers) and the No. 63 (Fighting Illini) teams in the league, according to our current NCAAB power rank. A 79-74 result in favor of the Fighting Illini has been projected by the scores prediction engine.

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How They Match Up:
Rating these schools in several key categories is important for handicappers and Purdue has the nation's No. 191-rated offensive output, at 67.2 PPG. The visiting Fighting Illini defense ranks No. 158 allowing on average 65.1 PPG. The Boilermakers FG% has averaged 42% so far, less than the Fighting Illini marksmen have achieved on the year, 44.5% per game.

Comparing how these foes stack up statistically, Illinois owns the country's No. 175-rated mark, allowing 70.7 points per game on the highway. Purdue, on the other hand, rates No. 239 in scoring at home.

Last time out for Illinois, they were an 81-79 winner as they battled Auburn at home. They failed to cover in the match as a 12.5-point favorite. The Fighting Illini got a terrific 27-point effort from Tracy Abrams as Illinois defeated Auburn 81-79 on Saturday at United Center.

Purdue won its last outing, a 73-66 result against William & Mary on December 29. They failed to cover in that game as a 12-point favorite. Purdue got 16 points from Terone Johnson en route to a 73-66 victory over William & Mary on Saturday at Mackey Arena.

Illinois Fighting Illini Trends:
When playing on Wednesday are 3-7
Before playing Ohio State are 4-6
After a win are 9-1

Purdue Boilermakers Trends:
When playing on Wednesday are 7-3
Before playing Michigan State are 8-2
After playing William & Mary are 1-0
After a win are 4-6

A few Fighting Illini at Boilermakers trends to consider:
The total has gone OVER in 5 of Illinois's last 5 games when playing on the road against Purdue
Illinois is 2-5 SU in its last 7 games when playing on the road against Purdue
Illinois is 3-8 SU in its last 11 games on the road
Illinois is 2-9 ATS in its last 11 games on the road
Purdue is 5-0 SU in its last 5 games when playing Illinois
The total has gone OVER in 5 of Purdue's last 5 games when playing at home against Illinois
The total has gone OVER in 6 of Purdue's last 7 games when playing Illinois
Purdue is 5-2 SU in its last 7 games when playing at home against Illinois

Next up:
Illinois home to Ohio State, Saturday, January 5
Purdue at Michigan State, Saturday, January 5

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