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Purdue Has Struggled To Win As Underdog

Though it has been a rarity this season thanks to their dominance in conference play, Purdue has historically struggled as an underdog. The Boilermakers have dropped their past seven games SU when closing as a dog, which includes posting an average scoring margin of minus-7.3 in that spot this season. Purdue will be the underdog taking on the Kansas Jayhawks in the Sweet 16 on Thursday.

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  • Purdue is 5-1 ATS in its last 6 games against the Big 12.
  • Kansas is 6-2 ATS in its last 8 games.
  • Kansas is 24-6 SU in its last 30 games against the Big Ten.

We all know just how dominant Caleb “Biggie” Swanigan has been all season long but Purdue’s frontcourt can be nearly unstoppable when Isaac Haas and Vince Edwards are on their game. Haas has been playing fantastic, even if his numbers don’t pop out on the stat sheet, while Edwards has notched 21 points in each of the first two games during the tourney.

Kansas is rightfully the favorite, as the Jayhawks will be playing less than an hour away from their home in Lawrence. The backcourt of Frank Mason and Devonte’ Graham has been carrying the offense, which will likely remain the case, but Landen Lucas has quietly been playing like a star. The senior has recorded three consecutive double-doubles while shooting 66.7 percent in that span.

Purdue Boilermakers vs Kansas Jayhawks Matchup

Team Betting Records & Power Rankings

Kansas Jayhawks battles the Purdue Boilermakers, currently sitting with a 27-7 mark (19-10-2 ATS). The OVER/UNDER records, always important for totals betting, are 16-16 for the Kansas Jayhawks and 18-12-1 for the Purdue Boilermakers.

The power rankings show a disparity between these teams, with the Kansas Jayhawks rated this week at No. 117 and the Purdue Boilermakers sitting at No. 46.

Statistical Matchup

When it comes to rebounds, the visiting Purdue Boilermakers rank No. 46 in NCAA Basketball Division 1 with 37.94 per game. That compares with Kansas’s No. 26 ranking in that category. The story is different when it comes to three-point shooting where Kansas is college basketball's No. 52-ranked team at 8.76 per game, while the Purdue Boilermakers rate No. 40 with 8.97 per game.

Recent Outings Betting Recap

Vince Edwards scored 21 points and added 21 rebounds for a double-double, leading Purdue over Iowa State, 80-76, on Saturday at Bradley Center.

The Jayhawks blew out Michigan State on Sunday, running up a 20+ point victory in a 90-70 win at BOK Center.