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Louisville at Purdue
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Louisville saw its season delivered a jarring jolt when head coach Rick Pitino was fired just a few days before practice started. AD Tom Jurich was also dismissed by U of L and just last week, five-star recruit Brian Bowen was told that he’d never play for the school. It was an alleged payment to Bowen uncovered by the FBI in its investigation into corruption in college basketball that led to Pitino’s dismissal.

David Padgett, a 32-year-old assistant who was a three-year starter for the Cardinals early in Pitino’s tenure, was given the interim head-coaching gig. This was to be his second season as a U of L assistant after serving as Director of Basketball Operations for two years.

Louisville (4-0 straight up, 1-2 against the spread) is undefeated under Padgett here early, but his team will take a big step up in competition tonight when it goes on the road for the first time to take on Purdue. This game is a part of the Big Ten/ACC Challenge that started Monday night.

As of early this morning, most books had Purdue (5-2 SU, 4-2 ATS) installed as a seven-point home favorite with a total of 145.5. The was no money-line price available yet.

U of L is off an 84-72 win over St. Francis (PA.) in a non-lined affair. Raymond Spalding was the catalyst against the Red Flash, producing 19 points, 13 rebounds and five blocked shots. Six U of L players scored in double figures, including Deng Adel (13), Anas Mahmoud (12 & 9 rebounds) and Quentin Snider, who finished with 11 points and six assists compared to only one turnover.

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U of L owns wins over George Mason (72-61), Nebraska-Omaha (87-78) and Southern Illinois (84-42). The Cardinals picked up their only spread cover as 15.5-point favorites vs. the Salukis.

Adel is averaging a team-best 17.5 points, 5.5 rebounds, 1.2 steals and 1.0 blocked shots per game. Spalding is averaging 12.0 points, 9.2 rebounds, 1.5 steals and 2.3 blocked shots per contest. Mahmoud is averaging 7.5 points, 7.8 rebounds and 3.8 rejections per game.

Purdue (5-2 SU, 4-2 ATS) has won all three of its home games, compiling a 2-0 spread record. Matt Painter’s team salvaged a disappointing trip to the Battle 4 Atlantis by winning their third game in dominant fashion over Arizona. The Boilermakers rolled past the Wildcats, 89-64, as one-point underdogs. They raced out to a 50-33 halftime lead and coasted into the win column to avoid a three-game losing streak.

Dakota Mathias scored 24 points and dished out six assists compared to only one turnover. Mathis also pulled down five rebounds, had one steal and buried 9-of-13 shots from the field, including 3-of-6 launches from 3-point range. Carsen Edwards drained five treys on nine attempts in a 22-point effort. Vince Edwards contributed 17 points, eight boards and four assists.

Purdue’s defense limited Arizona star Allonzo Trier to a season-low eight points. Trier (24.5 points per game) had four turnovers compared to only one assist, and he hit only 3-of-10 shots from the field.

Before the win over UA, Purdue lost 78-75 to Tennessee in overtime and 77-73 to Western Kentucky. Back on Nov. 14, however, Painter’s team won 86-71 at Marquette. Isaac Haas led the Boilermakers with 22 points and five rebounds, while Carsen Edwards had 15 points and six boards.

Carsen Edwards is averaging 18.0 points and 4.4 rebounds per game while hitting 3’s at a 42.5 percent clip. Mathias is averaging 16.1 points, 4.7 rebounds and 4.7 assists per contest. He has a 33/6 assists-to-turnovers ratio. Haas is averaging 14.4 PPG and 5.3 RPG, while Vince Edwards is nearly averaging a double-double (14.0 PPG, 9.0 RPG).

These schools met in this same event last year at the KFC YUM! Center, where Louisville captured a 71-64 win and took the money as a six-point home favorite. Spalding had 11 points and nine rebounds, making all five of his shots from the field, while Mahmoud scored nine points before fouling out in just 14 minutes of playing time.

In the losing effort at U of L, Carsen Edwards struggled with his shot in a nine-point effort. He made only 4-of-15 from the field and 1-of-6 from downtown.

The ‘over’ is 5-1 overall for the Boilermakers, 2-0 in their home outings.

The ‘under’ is 2-1 overall for the Cardinals.

Tip-off at Mackey Arena is scheduled for 8:00 p.m. Eastern on ESPN.

**B.E.’s Bonus Nuggets**

-- Ole Miss will play host to South Dakota State tonight at 8:00 p.m. Eastern on the SEC Network. The Rebels were favored by 8.5 early this morning with a couple of offshores listing the total at 154.5. The Jackrabbits beat Iowa last week as 7.5-point underdogs. Andy Kennedy’s Ole Miss (4-1 SU, 1-4 ATS) squad has failed to cover the number in four consecutive contests. The Rebels took their only outright defeat against Utah at T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas last Tuesday.

-- VCU’s Issac Vann is ‘questionable’ for tonight’s game vs. Appalachian State. Vann, who is averaging 12.5 points, 4.5 rebounds, 1.5 assists and 1.0 steals per game, sprained his ankle in a Nov. 20 loss to Marquette and missed the Rams’ 83-69 win over Cal and 68-60 loss to Michigan.

-- South Carolina won a 78-61 decision Monday night at FIU as a 17-point road favorite. Chris Silva led the way for the Gamecocks with 26 points and 10 rebounds, converting 10-of-13 shots from the field. Malik Kotsar added 16 points, six boards, six assists, three steals and one block.

-- Virginia beat Wisconsin 49-37 last night as a seven-point home favorite. The 86 combined points easily stayed ‘under’ the 121.5-point total. Kyle Guy and Devon Hall led UVA with 17 and 16 points, respectively. Ethan Happ had 14 points and eight rebounds for the Badgers in the losing effort.

-- The ACC went 2-0 over the Big Ten on Monday night thanks to UVA’s win, in addition to Syracuse’s 72-70 triumph over Maryland at the Carrier Dome.

-- Northwestern and Georgia Tech will collide tonight in Atlanta at 7:00 p.m. Eastern on ESPN2. Since losing their opener to UCLA by a 63-60 count in China as 9.5-point underdogs, the Yellow Jackets have won three in a row. They’ve seen the ‘under’ cash in both of their games with a total. The Wildcats are 4-2 SU and 1-3 ATS, while they’ve seen the ‘over’ go 3-1 in their four games with a total. Northwestern lost 85-49 to Texas Tech and 92-88 vs. Creighton. This is a pick ‘em affair.

-- Baylor is a 4.5-point underdog tonight at Xavier on Fox Sports 1 at 6:30 p.m. Eastern.

-- Florida State is a five-point road favorite at Rutgers tonight on ESPNU at 7:00 p.m. Eastern. The Seminoles are undefeated in five games with a 4-0 spread record. The ‘over’ has hit at a 3-1 clip for Leonard Hamilton’s club. The ‘Noles have won each of their games by at least 17 points. Rutgers is 6-0 against cupcake competition, going 2-0 ATS in its only lined outings. The Scarlet Knights are off a 61-47 win over East Carolina as 13-point home ‘chalk.’ The ‘under’ is 2-0 for RU.

  
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