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Illinois Fighting Illini host Purdue Boilermakers in college basketball action

Purdue BoilermakersIllinois Fighting Illini
11-5January 15, 2014, 09:00 | State Farm Center13-4

The Illinois Fighting Illini will be trying to slam the Purdue Boilermakers on Wednesday when the teams tip off at State Farm Center in college betting action.

The Fighting Illini sit at 13-4 (8-6-2 ATS) on the season. By comparison, the Boilermakers are currently 11-5 (5-8 ATS). Looking to wager on the totals? Illinois is 6-8-1 OU, and Purdue is 6-7 OU.

View Purdue Boilermakers vs Illinois Fighting Illini Odds and Stats.

The visitors opened as 5-point underdogs in this one at most sportsbooks tracked at Odds Shark, including Bovada. The total was set to open a bit later (check out GTbets.eu for the latest situation(.

This game matches up the No. 62 (Fighting Illini) and the No. 133 (Boilermakers) teams in the league, according to our current NCAAB power rank.

Purdue won its last outing, a 70-64 result against Nebraska on January 12. They failed to cover in that game as a 6.5-point favorite. Purdue earned a 70-64 victory over Nebraska on Sunday, getting 18 points from A.J. Hammons at Mackey Arena.

Illinois lost its last outing, a 49-43 result against Northwestern on January 12. They failed to cover in that game as a 5.5-point favorite. Illinois got 13 points from Tracy Abrams but lost anyway, 49-43, to Northwestern on Sunday at Welsh-Ryan Arena.

How They Match Up:
Rating these schools in several key categories is important for handicappers and Illinois has the nation's No. 179-rated offensive output, at 70.41 PPG. The visiting Boilermakers defense ranks No. 158 allowing on average 70.88 PPG. The Fighting Illini FG% has averaged 41.95% so far, less than the Boilermakers marksmen have achieved on the year, 44.91% per game.

Next up:
Purdue home to Penn State, Saturday, January 18th
Illinois at Michigan State, Saturday, January 18th