- The Purdue Boilermakers (16-8, 11-6 Big East) host the Wisconsin Badgers (16-9, 10-8 Big East) Tuesday, March 2
- Purdue has won three in a row, while Wisconsin has lost three of its last four
- Read below for odds, analysis, and our best bet for this matchup
The Purdue Boilermakers (16-8, 11-6 Big East), winners of three straight, host the Wisconsin Badgers (16-9, 10-8 Big Ten) Tuesday, March 2 in West Lafayette. Tip is set for 9:00 pm ET at Mackey Arena.
Wisconsin vs Purdue Odds
|Wisconsin||+2 (-116)||TBD||Ov 129 (-110)|
|Purdue||-2 (-106)||TBD||Un 129 (-110)|
Odds as of March 1 at FanDuel.
An unconscious flurry of points by Badger senior D’Mitrik Trice nearly helped UW pull off a comeback that is miraculous the battling Illini on Saturday. Down 13 with under three full minutes kept, Trice scored 19 points in only over 2:00 of game action. Nevertheless, it ended up beingn’t sufficient and Illinois won 74-69.
Friday, Purdue cruised to a 73-52 make an impression on Penn State. The Boilermakers have actually won nine of the final 12 and got 16 from Sasha Stefanovic and 14 from freshman Ivey that is jaden in win.
Now, Purdue hopes to keep the momentum going as favorites against a Badger team looking for a victory prior to the Big Ten Tournament.
The Trice Is Right
The 6-foot guard from outside Dayton absolutely exploded in the final minutes of a game that looked to be decided.
What a wild ending in Madison. D’Mitrik Trice with a Herculean effort to give Wisconsin a single-handedly shot, but Illinois, without Ayo Dosunmu, escapes with a road make an impression on the Badgers.
19 points in 125 moments! Crazy.
— Jeff Borzello (@jeffborzello) February 27, 2021
The comeback had beenn’t to be and Bucky destroyed its 3rd game within the last four outings. Needless to say, those three losings had been to three of the squads that are top-6 the country according to KenPom: No. 2 (Michigan), No. 5 (Iowa), and No. 6 (Illinois).
At No. 12, Wisconsin is still an NCAA Tournament team. But the Badgers’ ghastly shooting display Saturday –17-of-62 from the field, a 27.4-percent clip — before Trice’s finishing flourish is cause for concern.
Greg Gard’s team finished the at 34%, which is still well below what you want to see from a team that was ranked in the AP top-10 and harbors aspirations of a tourney run.
Gard afternoon wasn’t overly concerned with their team’s woeful effort that is offensive of Trice) after the five-point loss, saying the Badgers seemed rushed in the paint early on and simply didn’t convert. But he did question that is n’t team’s shot selection.
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Boiler (Way) Up
UW’s opponent was the opposite from a shooting perspective Friday tuesday. Purdue shot 51.9% through the industry against Penn State. Meantime, Matt Painter’s club held the Nittany Lions to 35.5per cent through the flooring. The Nits were flat-out awful from distance, shooting simply 20.7% for the overall game.
That mix of efficient offense and shutdown protection is significantly less than perfect for a Wisconsin group which includes did not achieve the 72 point-plateau since beating the exact same Penn State group 72-56 Feb. 2.
The boilers defense that is a spark for this year’s squad, as it has now held opponents to that same threshold of 72 points or fewer for 13 straight games. That’s tied for the streak that is second-longest the nation.
While groups like Wolverines, Hawkeyes and battling Illini have obtained a lot of the eye this season — and deservedly therefore — the Boilermakers feel among the sleeper squads from an electrical seminar that constantly makes a run that is deep the Big Dance.
Michigan big man Hunter Dickinson has earned Big Ten Freshman of the Week honors seven times this season and is a virtual shoo-in to win the league Freshman of the Year award. But Ivey has impressed. The South Bend native has earned the underclassman honor twice this season and seems to be peaking at the time that is right
Let’s get severe for an additional.
Jaden Ivey may be the sort of player whom goes places in March.
— Kyle Charters (@KyleCharters79) February 27, 2021
To go with their 14 points, Ivey accounted for five rebounds, four obstructs and three steals. That downright active work made him simply the 7th player nationwide this year to possess a 14-point, five-rebound, four-block, three-steal performance. Let’s remember their capability rating from downtown. Him just the second to do it this season when you throw in his pair of threes against Penn State, the effort made. This is a stat that is nice Purdue fans.
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▪️Purdue is 8️⃣➖0️⃣ when Jaden Ivey makes a 3 Pointer pic.twitter.com/ImTk9uBRCH( day*)— #23 ISC Purdue ???????????????? (@ISC_PU) 21, 2021
Make that 9-0 february. Additionally, in Ivey’s final three games, he’s averaging 13.3 points, 5.7 rebounds, 2.3 assists, 2.7 obstructs and 2.3 steals per game. He’s the sort of transformative player that may help Purdue do things its never ever done before come tourney time — plus the type or kind of player that can give teams fits.
With Wisconsin already going through a funk and rolling that is purdue I don’t see any explanation to diminish your home group in this spot.(*)The pick: purdue(-106 that is-2(*)