Purdue Boilermakers at Michigan Wolverines Betting Prediction

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Expect a defensive struggle when the 19th-ranked Purdue Boilermakers (5-2) go head-to-head against the seventh-ranked Michigan Wolverines (7-0) at Crisler Center. The game can be seen on ESPN at 3:30 p.m. ET on Saturday, December 1, 2018.

Purdue Boilermakers vs. Michigan Wolverines Betting Odds

In their last contest, the Wolverines were victorious over the 11th-ranked North Carolina Tar Heels, 84-67, while the Boilermakers lost a tough one against the 15th-ranked Florida State Seminoles, 73-72.

Michigan dominated nearly every facet of the contest. They had a free throw rate of 0.204 (matching their season average) and an effective field goal percentage of 0.676 (above their season average of 0.510). North Carolina was 0.121 and 0.447, respectively, for those same stats. Purdue, on the other hand, held Florida State to an offensive rebounding percentage of 26.7 (below their season average of 39.2). Ignas Brazdeikis fueled Michigan with 24 points and five rebounds. Purdue was led by Carsen Edwards, who recorded 24 points.

The Boilermakers edged out the Wolverines in this series last year, winning two out of three games. In the most recent contest, Michigan won 75-66. The Wolverines’ turnover percentage was their largest strength over the Boilermakers. Michigan had a rate of 7.4, while Purdue posted a mark of 15.0.

The game should be a battle of strength against strength as the high-powered offense of Michigan takes on the stingy defense of Purdue. Dating back to the 2017-18 season, the Wolverines rank 45th in offensive efficiency, while the Boilermakers are 27th in defensive efficiency.

Purdue Boilermakers at Michigan Wolverines Free Pick

Free Pick: SU Winner – Michigan, ATS Winner – Michigan, O/U – Over

Betting Notes (2017-Present):

  • Purdue ranks 34th in blocks per game (4.6) while Michigan ranks 149th (3.4).
  • The Boilermakers rank 165th in rebounds per game (35.6) while the Wolverines rank 233rd (34.2).
  • Michigan allows the third-fewest steals per game (3.9) while Purdue ranks 25th (5.1).
  • The Wolverines rank third in three pointers allowed per game (16.5) while the Boilermakers rank 117th (21.1).
  • Purdue ranks 27th in assists per game (16.1) while Michigan ranks 118th (14.4).