Offense meets defense when the No. 8 Michigan State Spartans (13-3, 5-0 Big 10) visit Purdue to take on the Boilermakers (9-7, 2-3 Big 10). The game gets underway at 12 p.m. ET on Sunday, January 12, 2020.
Michigan State Spartans vs. Purdue Boilermakers Betting Prediction
In the Spartans’ last matchup, they topped the Minnesota Golden Gophers, 74-58. The Spartans, who came into the game averaging an offensive rebounding percentage of 34.9, had a ridiculous mark of 46.3, while the Golden Gophers had a free throw rate of 0.119 (below their season average of 0.201). Michigan State was lifted by Xavier Tillman, who had 19 points, 16 rebounds and five blocks.
The Boilermakers lost to the No. 19 Michigan Wolverines in their last outing, 84-78. Michigan’s 10.5 turnover percentage was their biggest advantage over Purdue, who had a mark of 15.9. The Wolverines’ mark was better than their season average of 15.4. With 36 points on 16-for-28 shooting, Trevion Williams was the game’s high scorer.
After splitting two games last season, these teams will battle for the first time this year. The Boilermakers won the most recent contest 73-63. The Boilermakers had a much better offensive rebounding percentage (40.0 vs. 25.7) and had a better turnover percentage (11.3 vs. 16.1).
Points could be at a premium in this meeting between a pair of the country’s top defenses. Purdue ranks 41st in defensive efficiency (90.2) and Michigan State is 29th (89.6).
Michigan State Spartans at Purdue Boilermakers Free Pick
Basketball Tip: ATS Winner – Michigan State, O/U – Under
Michigan State ranks first in assists per game (19.8) while Purdue ranks 124th in assists allowed per game (12.5).
The Spartans rank third in rebounds per game (43.5) while the Boilermakers rank 87th in rebounds allowed per game (33.6).
Michigan State ranks 18th in blocks per game (5.6) while Purdue ranks 96th in blocks allowed per game (3.6).
The Boilermakers rank 115th in three pointers attempted per game (23.0) while the Spartans rank 163rd in three pointers allowed per game (22.8).
Purdue ranks 39th in steals allowed per game (5.5) while Michigan State ranks 63rd (5.9).
The Spartans’ average margin of victory in their last five games has been 28.0, up from 17.6 for the season.
During their last five games, the Boilermakers have scored an average of 71.2 points per game (2.4 above their season average) and allowed an average of 71.4 points per game (10.7 above their season average).