#17 14-3 Purdue Boilermakers are 3-1 in Big 10 action of which includes beating the 10-7 Iowa Hawkeyes by 22 at home a couple weeks ago. Tonight, they visit Carver-Hawkeye Arena to attempt a repeat performance versus the Hawkeyes. This conference clash has a start time of 9:00 pm EST.
Vegas odds have the Boilermakers listed as 6 point favorites, while the total has been set at 157.5. The game has a start time of 9:00 pm EST and will be televised on the Big 10 Network.
Breaking Down The Purdue Boilermakers
The Boilermakers have had a strong season so far and they are one of the favorites to take home the Big 10 title this year. Purdue started their Big 10 slate with a 89-67 home win over Iowa and they hope for another easy win in this one. They shot 50.7% from the field overall, including 41.9% from long range in that game, while holding the Hawkeyes to just 37.3% shooting overall and 23.5% from long range. The Boilermakers have played great defense this year, but it will be harder for them in this one as the Hawkeyes are a much better offensive team here at home. The offense for Purdue has been very strong this year and they will face a rather poor Hawkeye defense. They scored 89 in the first matchup and could have another good showing in this one. Purdue has 6 players that have averaged at least 7.8 ppg and they have been led by Caleb Swanigan, who has put up 18.3 ppg, but he did have just 11 points in the first game vs Iowa. Leading the Boilers in that game was Carsen Edwards, who had 19.
Purdue enters this contest ranked 29th in the nation in scoring, putting up 82.9 ppg, while also ranking 24th in FG% (48.8%), 13th in 3-point shooting (40.5%) and 71st in free throw shooting (73.4%). At the defensive end of the floor they have been solid as they come in ranked 48th in points allowed, giving up just 65.4 ppg, while also ranking 58th in defensive FG% (40.2%) and 94th in 3-point defense (32.4%).
Breaking Down The Iowa Hawkeyes
The Iowa Hawkeyes have been a decent team this year as they are 10-7 so far, but just 2-2 in league play. Both losses were on the road and they have gone a very solid 9-2 here at home for the year. They would really love to get some payback in this game for that 22 point loss at Purdue to start the Big 10 season. They were good for just 67 points in that game, but that was on the road and here at home they have averaged 88.5 ppg thus far. They will test a very good Purdue defense in this one and they should improve on those shooting numbers that they put up in the first encounter. Here at home they have hit 47.5% of their shots overall, including 38.9% from long range. On defense, the Hawkeyes have not been great overall and they have allowed 74.6 ppg here at home, but the Boilermakers have averaged just 70.0 ppg on the road. Iowa will really need that defense to step up, especially after getting shredded in the first meeting. Iowa has 6 players that average at least 7.0 ppg and have been led by Peter Jok, w3ho has averaged 22.6 ppg, but he did have just 13 in the meeting with Purdue.
The Hawkeyes check in at 28th in the nation in scoring, putting up 83.0 ppg, while also ranking 118th in FG% (45.9%), 116th in 3-point shooting (36.7%) and 160th in free throw shooting (70.1%). At the defensive end of the floor they have not been good at all as they come in ranked 288th in points allowed, giving up 77.4 ppg, while also ranking 134th in defensive FG% (42.2%) and 210th in 3-point defense (35.2%).
Trends: Purdue has gone 8-2-1 ATS in their last 11 vs. Big Ten and 35-16 ATS in their last 51 games following a straight up win, but just 1-6 ATS their last 7 games in Iowa, while the road team is 3-12 ATS the last 15 games in the series. The Over is 6-0 in their last 6 Thursday games and 7-3-1 in their last 11 vs. the Big Ten.
The Hawkeyes have gone 4-1-1 ATS in their last 6 home games, but just 4-13-1 ATS in their last 18 games vs. a team with a winning straight up record and 2-10 ATS in their last 12 vs. the Big Ten. The Under is 5-1-1 in their last 7 games following a straight up win and 5-1 in their last 6 home games.;