Purdue Boilermakers (6-3) at Texas Longhorns (5-3)
NCAAB: Sunday, December 09, 2018 at 6:00 PM ET (Frank Erwin Center)
Line & Odd: Purdue Boilermakers -1.5/ Texas Longhorns +1.5 — Over/Under: 142
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The Texas Longhorns host the Purdue Boilermakers, as both teams come into this game looking for a much needed victory after stumbling a bit early in this new season.
The Texas Longhorns are looking for a bounce back victory after losing their last three games. One was against no. 10-ranked Michigan State by 10 points, so that is excusable, however, they then lost back to back games to Radford and VCU. Those are tough losses, especially when they are coming off of a huge 92-89 victory over ranked UNC to take them to 5-0 at the time. They are led in scoring, assists and steals by senior guard Kerwin Roach II with 14.9 ppg, 5.6 rpg, 4.1 apg and 1.9 spg. Unfortunately, his efficiency has taken a big hit this season as he’s only shooting 36.7% from the field and 30.6% from three. In the paint they have the duo of Dylan Osetkowski and Jaxson Hayes, who have been extremely dominant so far. Osetkowski leads the team in rebounds and averages 11.3 ppg, 9.1 rpg and 1.8 spg while Hayes leads the team in blocks with 2.5 bpg. The Longhorns have shown the ability to use their size and athletic ability to lockdown defensively, but have struggled to stay consistent offensively registering just two games over 75 points. A big reason for these struggles is because Texas are one of the worst three point shooting teams in the country at just 28.9%. They definitely need to find a bit more rhythm on that side of the floor if they want to make noise late in the season.
After starting the season off with four straight victories, the Purdue Boilermakers hit a tough stretch in their schedule. Four of their next five games were against ranked opponents and they went 2-3 in that stretch with 23-ranked Maryland being their only win against a ranked opponent. They have a solid playmaker in junior guard Carsen Edwards as he leads the team in points and assists with 23.9 ppg, 3.9 apg and 1.1 spg. Along with the help of senior guard Ryan Cline, who averages 14.0 ppg, 3.3 rpg and 3.3 apg and they have their own dynamic duo in the backcourt. Unlike Texas, the Boilermakers ability to hit the three ball is apparent with seven players shooting at a 33% clip or higher. In the inside, 7’3” sophomore center Matt Haarms controls the paint with 7.9 ppg, 4.7 rpg and a team leading 1.7 bpg while also shooting 37.5% from deep. Defensively, they don’t stand out in any way, but they are good at forcing teams into mistakes or bad shots. They do loss any kind of shot blocking presence when Haarms takes a seat, but the help defense from the guards on the wings has been great. It wouldn’t be right to talk about Purdue and not mention what sophomore guard Nojel Eastern has done this season as he leads the team in steals with 1.4 per game and he sealed the win against Maryland with a block at the end of the game.
Cover The Spread 365 NCAAB betting trends
5-2 SU in their last 7 home games
2-5 ATS in their last 7 home games
The total was UNDER in 6 of their last 7 games at home
2-2 SU in their last 4 road games
3-1 ATS in their last 4 road games
The total has gone UNDER in 6 of their last 9 games
Free NCAAB Parlays Texas Longhorns vs Purdue Boilermakers
This is going to be an extremely hard fought game between two teams looking to turn their early season struggles around. Purdue has played some tough competition this year and are looking to continue their momentum from a big win over Maryland. After back to back tough losses, Texas should be highly motivated to get this win in front of their home fans, so expect them to cover.
Pick: Texas +1.5