January 2, 2020
- By Thom Cunningham
The No. 15 Illinois Fighting Illini take on the Purdue Boilermakers in what promises to be another great Big Ten college basketball game. The game is scheduled to begin at 6:00 p.m. (ET) in the State Farm Center on the Big Ten Network.
WHERE TO BET PURDUE-ILLINOIS
Purdue-Illinois Betting Odds
Spread: Illinois -8
Money-Line: Illinois -400 Purdue +290
Odds Subject to Change
Illinois enters this game on a nice winning streak, two straight after going 2-3 in five games prior. Illinois is coming off a nine-point home win against rival Indiana, marking the sixth game Illinois has covered over its last 10 games. Purdue has only covered three games this season.
The point total is set at 148.5, which Illinois is used to seeing go OVER. Illinois has gone OVER the point total in eight of its last 10 games, while Purdue is 7-4 on the O/U this season.
Betting Analysis – Purdue Boilermakers
Straight Up - SU, Against the Spread - ATS, Over-Under (O/U)
SU - Home: 6-0
SU - Away: 1-4
This will be a tough game for Purdue to win, but they can easily cover. There's not one stat that stands out, good or bad, for the Boilermakers. The team is ran through big man Trevion Williams, who averages a near double-double. He also averages 2.5 assists per game, which is decent for a big man.
Purdue does pass the ball well, with 17 assists per game ranking 41st in the nation. Sasha Stefanovic is the new facilitator with Eric Hunter being out. He will need to score more though, as this game will be a battle of scoring against Dosunmu and big men Williams and Cockburn.
Purdue's success relies on Williams playing well, and Purdue finding the open man for three (to compete in a track race with Dosunmu scoring).The Boilermakers need a lot to go right on Saturday to cover the spread, as Illinois is playing with confidence while their two stars are gaining traction.