December 22, 2020
- By Thom Cunningham
The Purdue Boilermakers look to keep they momentum going in a Big Ten battle when they travel to Iowa City and take on the Iowa Hawkeyes. Tip is set for 9 p.m. (ET) on the Big Ten Network from the Carver-Hawkeye Arena in Iowa City, Iowa.
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Purdue-Iowa Betting Odds
Spread: Iowa -6
Odds Subject to Change
The Hawkeyes enter this conference home games as a -6-point favorite after dropping their last game to the Gonzaga Bulldogs. After six straight games of offensive dominance, the Hawkeyes fell down to earth a bit and lost their first game of the season.
Purdue is coming off of back-to-back wins over Ohio State and Notre Dame, now having to face the toughest offensive team they've seen this season.The Boilermakers are just 1-2 on the road, losing both games to ACC schools (Clemson and Miami-Florida). The Miami loss is a bit concerning, although Purdue has won three straight since then.
Both schools are a combined 12-3 O/U this season, with the game point total at 160.5.
Betting Analysis – Purdue Boilermakers
Straight Up - SU, Against the Spread - ATS, Over-Under (O/U)
SU - Home: 5-0
SU - Away: 1-2
Purdue is still searching for its first big win on the road, as a neutral court victory over Notre Dame is the club's best road win so far. Purdue is a bit odd when breaking down their numbers, presenting fluctuating statistics. The Boilermakers allow just 65 points per game which ranks 88th in the nation.
Despite allowing only 65 points per game, the Boilermakers' defensive efficiency actually ranks 147th (95.2). Purdue has an offensive efficiency rating of 109.2, which ranks 77th nationally. However, they only score 74.6 points per game, which ranks 154th nationally. The team shows signs of promise in games, but then disappears as consistency is the school's biggest issue.
Trevion Williams is the leader of this club, averaging a near double-double and provides veterans experience with teammate Sasha Stefanovic. Zach Edey is the difference-maker for this team however, as he is only averaging 11.3 points per game and seems to be getting better with more games under his belt (freshman).
The big question is whether or not Purdue can maintain a high-scoring offense to keep pace with Iowa? Possibly. Purdue actually has the 30th-most made three-pointers nationally (71), 47th-most made field goals nationally (217) and 55th-most rebounds nationally (297). It seems Purdue actually has the ingredients to pull off an upset, just not enough consistency or conviction when playing on the road.