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Purdue Excels As An Underdog

Though we are early in the college basketball season, a clash of two powerhouses takes center stage as Villanova and Purdue square off Monday. Purdue enters the contest as the underdog against the reigning national champs, a spot bettors should pay attention to, as the team is 17-5 ATS in its past 22 as underdogs.

Shark Bites
  • Purdue is 0-8 SU in its last 8 games against the Big East.
  • The total has gone OVER in 16 of Villanova's last 20 games against the Big Ten.
  • Villanova is 5-0 ATS in its last 5 games as favorite.

Purdue opened the season by destroying McNeese State 109-65 and it was (predictably) the Caleb Swanigan show. Swanigan had 23 points, 20 rebounds and six assists in that outing, which made him just the third D-I player in the past 10 years to post 20 points, 20 rebounds and five assists in a single game. The entire Purdue backcourt was deadly in that game as Swanigan, Isaac Haas and Vince Edwards combined for 64 points and 37 rebounds.

Villanova started the season in a romp with an 88-48 win over Lafayette. Jalen Brunson led the Wildcats’ attack, as the sophomore put up 17 points and seven rebounds while shooting 6-for-9 from the floor. Keep an eye on the guard trio of Brunson, Josh Hart and Mikal Bridges, as ’Nova likely has the advantage in the backcourt.

Opening Odds & Computer Pick

On the opening NCAA basketball betting line for this matchup, Purdue sat as 0-point over at BetOnline. Also, check out the current over/under betting total for points scored, which often goes up first at online sportsbook BetOnline

Villanova Wildcats vs Purdue Boilermakers Matchup

Team Betting Records & Power Rankings

Supporters of the Villanova Wildcats have watched them go 1-0 and 1-0 ATS on the college basketball season, while the Purdue Boilermakers are at 1-0 and 0-0 ATS. In totals betting, the Purdue Boilermakers are 0-0, while the Villanova Wildcats have a 0-1 mark.

The power rankings show a disparity between these teams, with the Purdue Boilermakers rated this week at No. 49 and the Villanova Wildcats sitting at No. 2.

Recent Outings Betting Recap

Villanova cruised to victory on Friday, running Lafayette out of the gym and running up a 88-48 score at Villanova Pavilion.

The battle between the Boilermakers and Cowboys didn’t turn out to be much of a battle at all as McNeese State was handed a 109-65 defeat on Friday at Mackey Arena.

Betting Trends
  • Villanova is 5-0 ATS in its last 5 games
  • Villanova is 5-0 SU in its last 5 games
  • The total has gone OVER in 12 of Villanova's last 16 games
  • Villanova is 6-1 ATS in its last 7 games on the road
  • Purdue is 6-2 SU in its last 8 games
  • Purdue is 11-1 SU in its last 12 games at home

Next Betting Matchups

Villanova home to Western Michigan, Thursday, November 17th
Purdue at Georgia State, Friday, November 18th