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Purdue Out To Prove They Are Indiana’s Best

Seven years to the day after their most recent meeting, the Purdue Boilermakers and Valparaiso Crusaders will clash once again for in-state bragging rights. This game will be contested at Mackey Arena where Purdue is 5-0 SU and 3-1 ATS (no spread was listed vs Chicago State) while outscoring opponents by at least 30 points on three occasions. 

Shark Bites
  • Valparaiso G Tevonn Walker is averaging 21 points and 7 rebounds in his last 4 games.
  • Valparaiso is 10-4 ATS in its last 14 games as underdog.
  • Purdue is 52-1 SU in its last 53 games as a favorite of 15.0 or more.

Depth has been the key to early-season success for Purdue, as four players are averaging at least 13.5 points per game. Of course, Matt Painter’s squad is filled to the brim with massive big men including senior Isaac Haas and freshman Matt Haarms, who both stand over seven feet tall. Haas continues to be one of the most efficient players in the country, as he is averaging 15.7 points and 5.5 rebounds while playing just 22.2 minutes per game.

Valpo might be the first team all season that has the size to really compete down low with Purdue, with the Crusaders boasting young guns Jaume Sorolla and Derrik Smits, who stand 7-0 and 7-2 respectively. Defense has been Valpo’s calling card this year with the team holding opponents to 60 points per game. Offensively, the team leans heavily on senior guard Tevonn Walker, who leads the team in points, rebounds, steals and minutes played.

Opening Odds & Computer Pick

College basketball betting oddsmakers at BetOnline opened the Purdue Boilermakers as 15-point favorites in this matchup. Check for the latest spread and OVER/UNDER total line at sportsbooks such as Bovada.

Valparaiso Crusaders vs Purdue Boilermakers Matchup

Team Betting Records & Power Rankings

The Purdue Boilermakers battle the Valparaiso Crusaders, currently sitting with an 8-0 mark (4-1 ATS). The OVER/UNDER records, always important for totals betting, are 8-2 for the Boilermakers and 2-3 for the Crusaders.

The power rankings show a disparity between these teams, with the Boilermakers rated this week at No. 24 and the Crusaders sitting at No. 53.

Statistical Matchup

When it comes to rebounds, the visiting Valparaiso Crusaders rank No. 14 in NCAA Basketball Division 1 with 42.75 per game. That compares with Purdue’s No. 73 ranking in that category. The story is different when it comes to three-point shooting where Purdue is college basketball's No. 39-ranked team at 9.75 treys per game, while Valparaiso rates No. 220 with 6.12 per game.

Recent Outings Betting Recap

The Crusaders got 25 points from Tevonn Walker as Valparaiso ran past Utah State 72-65 on Tuesday at Athletics-Recreation Center.

The Boilermakers got 26 points from Isaac Haas as Purdue ran past Northwestern 74-69 on Sunday at Mackey Arena.

Betting Trends
  • Valparaiso is 5-0 SU in its last 5 games
  • Valparaiso is 8-4 ATS in its last 12 games on the road
  • Valparaiso is 16-7 SU in its last 23 games on the road
  • The total has gone OVER in 6 of Valparaiso's last 7 games on the road
  • Purdue is 4-1 SU in its last 5 games
  • The total has gone OVER in 6 of Purdue's last 7 games
  • Purdue is 22-3 SU in its last 25 games at home
  • Purdue is 5-0 SU in its last 5 games when playing Valparaiso

Next Betting Matchups

Valparaiso at Ball State, Saturday, December 9
Purdue at IUPUI, Sunday, December 10