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Purdue Proud as Peacock in Southwest

How can you not cheer for a team nicknamed the Peacocks?

It's easy if you are a nervous Purdue backer who sees 14-seeded Saint Peter's Peacocks as a threat Friday. Purdue has endured injury trouble all season, but they earned the 3 seed here in the Southwest and are favored by 15 points.

The Boilermakers were 25-7 (18-10 ATS) on the season, while the Peacocks finished as MAAC champs at 20-13 and a terrific 18-7 ATS mark.

View Saint Peters vs Purdue Odds and Stats.

Betting Line:
The Boilermakers are listed as 15.5-point favorites at most sportsbooks tracked by Odds Shark.

Power Rankings / Prediction:
The Boilermakers - Peacocks odds would favor the Boilermakers if the lines were set according to our power ranks. Purdue is rated No. 16 in the current Odds Shark poll, while Saint Peter's is at No. 77. Mathematical models based on recent stats and predictive formulas point to a 75-65 win for the Boilermakers.

How They Match Up:
The game also pits Purdue's No. 73-ranked offense, averaging 72.7 PPG, against a Peacocks defense that ranks No. 13 at 59.9 PPG. The Boilermakers field goal percentage has averaged 44.8% so far, more than the Peacocks marksmen have achieved on the year, 40.4% per game.

Defensively, Saint Peter's features the nation's No. 3-rated defense on the road, allowing 59.4 points per game. Purdue, meanwhile, comes in at No. 111 nationally in scoring at home.

In their last action, Saint Peter's was a 62-57 winner against Iona. They covered the 9–point spread as underdogs.

Last time out for Purdue, they were a 74-56 loser as they battled Michigan State. They failed to cover in the match as a 7-point favorite.

Saint Peter's Peacocks Trends:
When playing on Friday are 5-5
After playing Iona are 2-8
After a win are 7-3

Purdue Boilermakers Trends:
When playing on Friday are 6-4
After playing Michigan State are 8-2
After a loss are 7-3

A few Peacocks at Boilermakers trends to consider:
The total has gone UNDER in 4 of Purdue's last 5 games
Purdue is 7-2 SU in its last 9 games