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Is Purdue The Next Top 5 Team To Suffer Defeat?

The unpredictability of college basketball this season has seen several teams rise to the top of the rankings that one would not traditionally think of as national powerhouses. The Purdue Boilermakers – who are traditionally good but maybe not top five in the nation good – represent one of those programs. However, will the rankings curse take effect like so many before when Purdue visits the surging Michigan Wolverines?

Shark Bites
  • Purdue is 0-4 SU in its last 4 games on the road against Michigan.
  • Michigan is 8-1 SU and 7-1-1 ATS in its last 9 games against the Big Ten.
  • Michigan is 12-0 SU in its last 12 games at home.

Michigan has won its last 12 games in Ann Arbor with nine of those games coming this season. The Wolverines get it done by slowing down the game and chewing up clock, as they are holding opponents to 61.6 points while having one of the lowest possessions per game in the nation.  

Purdue plays a similar style thanks to a massive frontcourt that features two players standing at least seven-foot-two. Thanks to their size and physical style of play, the Boilermakers are 17th in the nation in both points per game and field-goal percentage.

Opening Odds & Computer Pick

Betting fans looking to side with the Michigan Wolverines to cover the point spread in this one found them as 2.5-point underdogs earlier in the day. Watch for line moves and updates at Bovada before gametime.

Purdue Boilermakers vs Michigan Wolverines Matchup

Team Betting Records & Power Rankings

The Michigan Wolverines sport a record of 14-3 and 9-6-1 ATS heading into this betting matchup, while the Purdue Boilermakers have 15-2 and 12-5 ATS marks on the season. The OVER/UNDER records are 7-9 for the Michigan Wolverines and 11-6 for the Purdue Boilermakers.

This game puts the Wolverines, most recently No. 13 in the OddsShark power rankings, up against the Boilermakers, who rate No. 9 in the latest survey.

Statistical Matchup

Scoring and defensive stats point to some betting edges in this matchup. The game features Michigan's No. 105-ranked scoring average of 76.88 PPG, against a Purdue Boilermakers defense rated No. 20 and allowing 63.29 PPG. The Wolverines FG% has averaged 48.7% to date this season, less than the Boilermakers shooters have managed so far (50.25% per game).

Recent Outings Betting Recap

Vince Edwards scored 21 points and helped out with 10 rebounds for Purdue on Saturday, leading the Boilermakers to a 74-62 victory over Nebraska at Mackey Arena.

Moritz Wagner scored 14 points leading the Wolverines to a 79-69 victory over Illinois at Crisler Center on Saturday.

Betting Trends
  • Purdue is 4-1 ATS in its last 5 games
  • Purdue is 5-0 SU in its last 5 games
  • Purdue is 4-1 ATS in its last 5 games on the road
  • Purdue is 4-1 SU in its last 5 games on the road
  • Michigan is 5-1-1 ATS in its last 7 games
  • Michigan is 5-0 SU in its last 5 games
  • Michigan is 6-1-1 ATS in its last 8 games at home
  • Michigan is 5-0 SU in its last 5 games at home

Next Betting Matchups

Purdue at Minnesota, Saturday, January 13
Michigan at Michigan State, Saturday, January 13