No. 17 Louisville Cardinals (4-0, 0-0 away) vs. Purdue Boilermakers (5-2, 3-0 home)

BIG TEN/ ACC CHALLENGE

Tuesday, November 28th, 2017 @ 8:00 pm in Mackey Arena on ESPN

Line & Odds: Purdue -7   Over/Under: 149

Moneyline: Purdue -330 / Louisville + 255

FREE COLLEGE BASKETBALL PICK PURDUE BOILERMAKERS VS. LOUISVILLE CARDINALS

The Louisville Cardinals make their way to Mackey Arena to take on the Purdue Boilermakers in the ACC – Big Ten Challenge.

The Louisville Cardinals are undefeated thus far in these early parts of the season and have seemed to gather themselves after losing their long-time head coach Rick Pitino. The Cardinals are ranked 17th in the Associated Press college basketball rankings and are given this ranking due to there returning talent. The Cardinals have multiple players returning this season including Deng Adel, the junior small forward from Bradenton Florida is leading Louisville in scoring through the first four games and was third in scoring last season. Adel is expected to help carry the load now that Donovan Mitchell has moved on to the Utah Jazz. Joining him in this effort is senior Quentin Snider who led the team in assists last season and was 2nd in points scored last season. Two more guys that will help the Cardinals stay relevant this season is 6-10 Ray Spalding and 7-0 Anas Mahmoud, they both lead the team in rebounds thus far and are expected to be significant in the frontcourt this season. The only thing that will hold the Louisville Cardinals back is their lack of Firepower, in this new climate of three-point shooters, they will be forced to rely on Adel and Snider to put up as many points as the other team. This is not a problem for the Big Ten teams they are facing.

The Purdue Boilermakers are coming off a great game after beating No. 2 Arizona. Even though they are not ranked right now, they will be a force in the Big Ten this season. They rely heavily on the three-pointer and outscoring their opponent. The Boilermakers do not have their top point scorer from last year as Caleb Swanigan has moved on to the Portland Trail Blazers. However, they are returning the majority of their starters. Purdue has players like Carsen Edwards and Dakota Mathias who are primed to put up significant numbers this season. Point guard Carsen Edwards is their top scorer and will be the main reason why they succeed. Another player who has been stable for the Purdue Boilermakers is Vince Edwards. Edwards ( no relation to Carsen Edwards) is one of Purdue’s top forwards averaging 14 points thus far through the season. An example of the Boilermakers high-powered attack that all three players can put up can be seen in their win over Arizona, Dakota Mathias scored 24 points, Carsen Edwards scored 22 points, and Vince Edward scored 17, with eight rebounds and four assists. The only problem with the Purdue Boilermakers is their lack of reliability, they have already lost to Tennessee and Western Kentucky in the Bad Boy Mowers Battle 4 Atlantis tournament. However, I think this was just early season rust, and I don’t think it will affect the Boilermakers in this game against Louisville.

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Cardinals vs. Boilermakers

Louisville is 1-2 SU against Purdue all time

Louisville is 1-2 ATS against Purdue all time

The Total has gone Under all three times they have met

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A few factors go into this pick; First, the Cardinals are playing on the road in a hostile environment. Second, the Boilermakers are a high-scoring team which could challenge Louisville’s scoring ability. Finally, the Boilermakers have more depth in there lineup and have more support coming off the bench than Louisville. Overall the Purdue Boilermakers are a better team even though the Louisville Cardinals are higher-ranked. I look for the Purdue Boilermakers to cover the spread and hand the Louisville Cardinals their first loss of the season in Mackey Arena.

Purdue Boilermakers -7

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