It will be a battle between Big 10 opponents when the Indiana Hoosiers (15-7, 5-6 Big 10) welcome the Purdue Boilermakers (13-10, 6-6 Big 10) to Assembly Hall. The game can be seen on ESPN at 2 p.m. ET on Saturday, February 8, 2020.
Purdue Boilermakers vs. Indiana Hoosiers Free Prediction
The last time the Boilermakers played, they blew out the No. 17 Iowa Hawkeyes, 104-68. The Boilermakers, who came into the game averaging an effective field goal percentage of 0.476, had a phenomenal mark of 0.777, while the Hawkeyes had a turnover percentage of 18.4 (above their season average of 14.6). Purdue rallied around Evan Boudreaux, who was the team’s high scorer with 18 points on 7-for-9 shooting.
The Hoosiers fell to the Ohio State Buckeyes in their last game, 68-59. Ohio State out-rebounded Indiana. The Buckeyes had more offensive rebounds (11 vs. four) and total rebounds (31 vs. 24). With 11 points, Indiana’s Rob Phinisee had a solid performance.
It could be a mistake-prone game for the Indiana offense. Indiana ranks 195th in the NCAA in ball protection (turnover percentage of 19.4 percent), while the ball-hawking defense of Purdue forces the 69th-most turnovers in the country (21.6 percent). Also, the Boilermakers are among the nation’s best on the offensive backboards, ranking 15th in offensive rebounding percentage (35.6 percent). The Hoosiers, however, rank 25th in defensive rebounding percentage (76.4 percent).
After the Boilermakers won both games against the Hoosiers last season, these teams will go head-to-head for the first time this year. In the last game, Purdue won 48-46. Purdue had a much better turnover percentage (13.5 vs. 21.3). Indiana, meanwhile, had a much better free throw rate (0.200 vs. 0.067).
Purdue Boilermakers at Indiana Hoosiers Pick
Basketball Pick: ATS Winner – Purdue, O/U – Over
Purdue ranks 22nd in steals allowed per game (5.0) while Indiana ranks 112th (6.5).
The Boilermakers’ average margin of victory in their last five games has been 6.8, down from 8.1 for the season.
During their last five games, the Hoosiers have scored an average of 66.6 points per game (6.2 below their season average) and allowed an average of 69.2 points per game (2.7 above their season average).