Western Illinois Leathernecks vs. Purdue Boilermakers, Las Vegas Odds, NCAA Basketball Betting, Picks, Prediction

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WESTERN ILLINOIS LEATHERNECKS PURDUE BOILERMAKERS
3-7 December 19, 6:00 PM | Mackey Arena 9-2

When: 6:00 PM ET, Monday, December 19, 2016
Where: Mackey Arena, West Lafayette, Indiana
TV: 6 p.m. ET, Big Ten Network

Team / Live in game Betting at bovada-logo-top-book Spread Money Line Total
Western Illinois +29 -110 141 -110
Purdue -29 -110 141 -110
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The Western Illinois Leathernecks and the Purdue Boilermakers will both be gunning for a victory on  Monday when they meet at Mackey Arena.

ABOUT WESTERN ILLINOIS (3-7): Sophomore center Brandon Gilbeck (4.7 points, 4.2 rebounds, 2.2 blocks), one of three Leathernecks that stand at least 6-10, set career highs with 15 points and 34 minutes, tied another with nine boards and rejected three shots to lift his team-high total to 22 – accounting for exactly half of the team’s blocks. Senior guard Garret Covington ranks second in the Summit League in scoring (20.4 points) and is easily Western Illinois’ top 3-point shooter with 33 triples, six more than the next two closest Western Illinois players combined. Mike Miklusak finished with 14 points and a career-high 14 boards Saturday; the senior forward has two double-doubles in five games since missing the five contests due to injury.

ABOUT PURDUE (9-2): Swanigan (16.8 points, 11.1 rebounds, 3.2 assists) is tied for third in Division I with eight double-doubles; the sophomore forward is one of only four players in the country averaging at least 15 points, 11 rebounds and three assists. Edwards (11.6, 5.2, 3.7) posted his third career double-double with 20 points and 10 boards Saturday, and the senior joins Swanigan as two of six Boilermakers with at least nine 3-pointers this season, five of which are shooting over 40 percent from long-range. Junior guard Dakota Mathias (10.3, 4.3, 3.9) is the third and final Purdue player averaging at least 10 points, four rebounds and three assists; each member of the trio is attempting to join a group of five Boilermakers to ever maintain those marks for a full season.

bovada-logo-top-book currently has the Boilermakers listed as 29-point favorites versus the Leathernecks, while the game’s total is sitting at 141 according to MyBookie-White logo -70x40.

Purdue’s recipe for success usually includes 7-2, 290-pound Isaac Haas and 6-9, 250-pound Caleb Swanigan bludgeoning opponents inside, but the program’s most recent triumph showed it knows more than one way to win. Coming off their most impressive victory of the season, the 16th-ranked Boilermakers eye a fifth consecutive win Monday when they host Western Illinois.

Trailing by as many as 17 points in the first half to No. 21 Notre Dame on Saturday, Purdue coach Matt Painter moved Swanigan to center and replaced Haas with forward Vincent Edwards to match the Fighting Irish’s guard-centric offense, and the Boilermakers caught fire en route to staging their largest comeback win since Nov. 27, 1998. “That just shows our versatility as a team – being able to match up with a small team and play small ball or play with two bigs on the court. It just worked well for us tonight, so we went with it,” said Swanigan, who finished with 26 points, 10 rebounds and a career-high four blocks. Purdue should be able to return to its usual offensive approach when it begins a four-game homestand against the Leathernecks, who have lost all five meetings in this series. Western Illinois earned its first victory over a Division I team this season with Saturday’s 75-59 win at Milwaukee.

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COLLEGE HOOPS
1. Purdue is 93-for-196 (47.4 percent) beyond the arc over its last eight games after going 22-for-67 (32.8 percent) over its first three contests.

2. Covington (1,543 career points, 243 3-pointers) is 13 points shy of moving into third place on the school’s scoring list and needs five more triples to become the program’s all-time leading 3-point shooter.

3. Boilermakers G P.J. Thompson, who has made a 3-pointer in 13 straight games, has recorded 22 assists versus two turnovers over his last five outings.

Vegas Coverage pick and prediction:
Picks: Purdue Boilermakers will cover the spread at -29 and the game will go over 141 points, according to scamdicappers scamdicappers.com
PREDICTION: Purdue 90, Western Illinois 56 at bovada-logo-top-book betnow-vegas-coverage.

SMART CHART
W.ILL TEAM PURDU
69.8 PTS FOR 83.9
67.3 PTS AGNST 66.2
2.5 DIFF. 17.7
28.6 DEF REBOUNDS 28.0
7.2 OFF REBOUNDS 10.7
44.9 FG% 49.9
69.8 FT% 70.7
7.8 3 POINTERS 10.5
6.3 STEALS 5.5
INJURIES
WESTERN ILLINOIS
PLAYER POS DESCRIPTION
No Injuries to report.
PURDUE
PLAYER POS DESCRIPTION
No Injuries to report.
BETTING TRENDS
WESTERN ILLINOIS
No trends to report
PURDUE
Purdue is 8-1 SU in its last 9 games
Purdue is 5-0 SU in its last 5 games at home
SUPERGRID
RANK RANK
Western Illinois’s Overall Scoring vs Purdue’s Overall Defense 69.8 272 66.2 69
Western Illinois’s Away Scoring vs Purdue’s Home Defense 63.2 272 66.1 151
Western Illinois’s Road Rebounds vs Purdue’s Home Rebounds Allowed 31.8 287 29.9 42
Purdue’s Overall Scoring vs Western Illinois’s Overall Defense 83.9 26 67.3 93
Purdue’s Home Scoring vs Western Illinois’s Road Defense 84.6 86 70.4 89
Purdue’s Home Rebounds vs Western Illinois’s Road Rebounds Allowed 39.5 128 36.0 147
POWER STATS
SHOOTING PERCENTAGE
TEAM OFF DEF DIFF
W.ILL 44.9 39.5 5.4
PURDU 49.9 40.9 9.0
REBOUNDING
TEAM OFF DEF TOTAL
W.ILL 7.2 28.6 35.8
PURDU 10.7 28.0 38.7
ASSIST/TURNOVER RATIO
TEAM ASSISTS TURNOVERS RATIO
W.ILL 14.1 14.4 1.0
PURDU 20.1 14.4 1.4

 

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