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Boilermakers Face Stiff Challenge from Streaking Catamounts

The No. 4 Purdue Boilermakers will try to overcome a 74-70 loss to Michigan as 2.5-point favorites in the Big Ten tournament quarterfinals when they clash with No. 13 Vermont in a first-round Midwest Region matchup at Bradley Center in Milwaukee. The Catamounts are unbeaten SU in 21 games, and led the America East Conference standings with a perfect 16-0 SU record.

Shark Bites
  • Purdue is 7-2 ATS in its last nine games in March.
  • Vermont is 2-7-1 ATS in its last 10 games as an underdog.
  • The total has gone UNDER in Vermont's last three games.

The Boilermakers suffered a pair of losses to the Wolverines over their past four outings, and have covered just once in their past five, fueling a middling 9-7-2 ATS record since January 1. Purdue has also made early March Madness exits the past two years, including last year’s 85-83 loss to Arkansas-Little Rock as a No. 5 seed and 8-point chalk.

The Catamounts dominated down the stretch, holding opponents to just 47.2 points per game in their past five, and forcing the point total UNDER in their past three.

However, Vermont is just 1-4 SU and 2-3 ATS in its past five opening-round contests, reaching 60 points just once during that stretch, fueling a 5-0-0 run for the UNDER in point total betting.

Vermont Catamounts vs Purdue Boilermakers Matchup

Team Betting Records & Power Rankings

The 25-7 and 17-10-2 ATS Purdue Boilermakers will face the 29-5 Vermont Catamounts, who own a 6-5 ATS mark on the season. In totals betting, the Purdue Boilermakers are 16-12-1 on the OVER/UNDER so far this season while the Vermont Catamounts are 3-8.

The Boilermakers - Catamounts odds would favor the Catamounts if the lines were set according to our power ranks. Purdue is rated No. 46 in the current Odds Shark poll, while Vermont is at No. 15.

Recent Outings Betting Recap

Vermont got 17 points from Payton Henson en route to a 56-53 victory over Albany on Saturday at Roy L Patrick Gymnasium.

The Boilermakers got 17 points from Carsen Edwards, but it was Michigan that prevailed in a 74-70 final on Friday at Verizon Center.