Purdue vs. Michigan – NCAA College Basketball Picks | Betting Odds
Two Big Ten schools are set to go against each other in the best game of the Saturday lineup in College Basketball. The red-hot Michigan Wolverines will host the Purdue Boilermakers at the Crisler Center, in Ann Arbor, Michigan. Purdue has been a favorite in all but one game this season. It was actually their last outing where they were 3.5-point dogs against Florida State. Michigan was only an underdog when they visited Villanova. They ended up winning that one outright.
Purdue Boilermakers Vs. Michigan Wolverines Predictions
Purdue has dropped two of their three games. Both losses were against ranked teams, although neither was by a significant margin. Against Virginia Tech they were a 1-point favorite and lost by six points. And in their last game against Florida State, they were 3.5-point dogs and lost by one point. The Boilermakers always play hard-fought games. They can adjust to the type of opponents in front of it. They can go toe-to-toe in a high-scoring game like against the Hokies. Or have a little more discreet night on the offensive side and still stay in the game.
The problem for Purdue is they are about to play one of the best teams in the nation. I know Michigan is the ranked 7th, but they feel like they are so much better than that number. Their defense is the best in the entire nation, giving up just 51.0 points per game. They have a discipline set of guys who feed of turnovers and defensive stands. Their 84-67 win against North Carolina in the last game was as impressive performance as you will find anywhere in College Basketball this season. They were 3.5-point favorites and covered the spread earning a win by 17-points. I think the most breathtaking thing they held North Carolina to a 39.4% shooting field average and just 33.3% from three-point land. The Tar Heels had no answer to the Wolverines suffocating defense.
Michigan will go on the rest of the season with this mantra. They are now and until proven wrong a defensive-minded team, proud to make the life of their opponent a living hell. While we know Virginia has always been that type of team in recent years in College Basketball, I think Michigan wants that spot this season. The cool thing about the Wolverines is they can score too, unlike Cavaliers. These two programs have played twice in 2018 as part of last season. Each won one game. But things have changed a lot since their previous meeting in March. I’m not willing to concede an upset in this game. Michigan should stay on the winning path, and I have them beating Purdue by double-digits. Ride the winning side until you can. What’s the play? Michigan by +10 points.
Money line: -110
Game Total: 137
Date: Saturday, December 1, 2018
Game Time: 3:30 PM ET
Venue: Crisler Center, Ann Arbor, MI
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