Welcome to our Free College Picks Against Spread. Today we will be analyzing and previewing a big rivalry match-up between Michigan and Purdue. At the end of the article we will be making our pick, which is always against the spread. Here is our 7th edition of “Free College Picks Against Spread”.
#25 Michigan (17-5) @ Purdue #3 (19-2)
Venue : Mackey Arena
Game Time: 7pm ET
Spread: Purdue -9.5
The Purdue Boilermakers enter this contest unblemished in BIG 10 conference play (8-0) and will look to sweep the season series against Michigan after squeaking out a 70-69 victory a little over two weeks ago in Ann Arbor. Michigan will try to win their 2nd road contest over a top 5 team after beating Michigan State 82-72 on January 13th.The Boilermakers are the reigning Big Ten Champs and will look to push their nation best win streak to 16 games and stay atop the Big Ten standings along side Ohio State who is also unbeaten in conference play. Purdue has not only won 15 in a row but also won by double digits in 11 of those contests. Both Purdue losses on the season came on back to back nights in the Bahamas in November.
The Wolverines have won 10 of their last 12 games last dropping a game a week ago on the road against Nebraska 72-52. Michigan is scoring 73.2ppg while allowing 62.4ppg and has gone 11-8-1 ATS.Purdue has gotten great guard play out of Sophomore Carsen Edwards who ranks 4th in the Big 10 in scoring at 17.2 ppg. Sr., Forward Vincent Edwards (6’8”) adds 14.9ppg/7.8rpg while stroking 3 pointers at a 46.2% clip and is considered a likely 2nd rd pick in the 2018 draft.
Senior Guards P.J. Thompson (9ppg) 51.2% and Dakota Mathias (12.7ppg) 45.8% also can rip the nets from long range. As a team Purdue is tied for 2nd in the nation at 43.7% while connecting on 10.5 made triples per game.Michigan (6-3) in conference answers with a trio of players averaging in double figures.
Junior guard Charles Matthews leads the squad with14.6ppg while Jr., forward Moritz Wagner isn’t farbehind at 14.3ppg. Sr., guard Muhammad-AliAbdur-Rahkman chips in with 10.5ppg.Purdue hasn’t lost at home this season and have a 22.6 average margin of victory on the year. The Boilermakers are scoring 84.8 per contest and if they are hitting on their outsides hots should be able to cover this spread against a tough Michigan squad.
OUR PICK: TAKE PURDUE -9.5