The Boilermakers were ranked in the Top 5 earlier this season but three straight losses in college basketball betting have seen them plummet in the polls.
NCAA basketball betting has not seen Purdue lose four straight games since early in 2006. Purdue has done okay in this series against Illinois, winning four of the last seven games. The key for Purdue is reaching the 70 point mark. They have won 15 games in a row when scoring 70 or more points. Purdue still has some positive stats as they are fifth in the nation with a +6.2 turnover margin. Purdue has won 36 of 37 games under head coach Matt Painter when they have the edge in both the rebounding and turnover margin. E’Twaun Moore and Robbie Hummel are the two leading scorers in the conference as they average 21.2 and 20.4 points per game, respectively. Purdue is 1-3 against the NCAA basketball betting pointspread on the road this year and two of those losses came in their last three games at Northwestern and at Wisconsin. Illinois is 4-5 at home this season vs. the college basketball pointspread.
The NCAA basketball betting trends really don’t favor either team in this game. The Boilermakers are 2-6 vs. the college basketball betting line in their last 8 games overall and they are 1-4 ATS in their last 5 road games. One of the few positives for Purdue is that the road team in this series is 4-1 vs. the NCAA basketball betting odds in the last 5 meetings.
The Fighting Illini are 2-6 vs. the college basketball betting odds in their last 8 games overall and they are 4-9 ATS in their last 13 home games.
Four of the last five Purdue games have gone over the NCAA basketball betting total. Five of their last seven road games have gone over. Illinois has been the opposite of Purdue as their last four games have all gone under the college basketball betting total. At home though, Illinois has gone over in eight of their last ten games. In this series between Purdue and Illinois, five of the last six games have gone over in NCAA basketball betting.