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Wisconsin Badgers face Purdue Boilermakers: NCAA basketball odds preview and stats

Wisconsin BadgersPurdue Boilermakers
16-3January 25, 2014, 05:00 | Mackey Arena13-6

The visiting Wisconsin Badgers hope to send their backers to the pay window on Saturday as they look to cover the spread at Mackey Arena against the Purdue Boilermakers.

The Badgers will try to spoil to the party on Saturday; they are 10-8-1 ATS against the number this season, while the Boilermakers are 6-10 ATS. Wisconsin is 12-6 on the totals; Purdue is 6-10.

View Wisconsin Badgers vs Purdue Boilermakers Odds and Stats.

Bettors looking to side with Purdue in this one found them as 5-point underdogs earlier in the day. Watch for line moves and updates at Bovada before gametime.

The Boilermakers - Badgers odds would favor the Badgers if the lines were set according to our power ranks. Purdue is rated No. 86 in the current Odds Shark poll, while Wisconsin is at No. 8.

In their last action, Wisconsin was an 81-68 loser on the road against Minnesota. They failed to cover the 2.5-point spread as favorites. Wisconsin suffered an 81-68 loss against Minnesota on Wednesday, getting 20 points from Sam Dekker in a losing effort at Williams Arena.

In their last action, Purdue was a 63-60 loser on the road against Northwestern. They failed to cover the 3.5-point spread as favorites. A.J. Hammons scored 17 points in a futile effort to lead the Boilermakers to a win (they lost 63-60 to Northwestern at Welsh-Ryan Arena on Tuesday).

How They Match Up:
The game also pits Purdue's No. 83-ranked offense, averaging 75.16 PPG, against a Badgers defense that ranks No. 32 at 63.74 PPG. The Boilermakers field goal percentage has averaged 43.23% so far, less than the Badgers marksmen have achieved on the year, 47.2% per game.

A few Badgers at Boilermakers trends to consider:
Wisconsin is 1-4 ATS in its last 5 games
Wisconsin is 16-3 SU in its last 19 games
The total has gone OVER in 5 of Wisconsin's last 5 games
Wisconsin is 2-4 ATS in its last 6 games on the road
Purdue is 2-4 ATS in its last 6 games
Purdue is 13-6 SU in its last 19 games
The total has gone UNDER in 4 of Purdue's last 5 games
Purdue is 11-1 SU in its last 12 games at home

Next up:
Wisconsin home to Northwestern, Wednesday, January 29th
Purdue at Michigan, Thursday, January 30th