Purdue Boilermakers vs Wisconsin Badgers Prediction, 3/2/2023 College Basketball Picks, Best Bets & Odds
Game: Purdue Boilermakers vs Wisconsin Badgers
Date: Thursday, March 2, 2023
Location: Kohl Center in Madison, WI
The Purdue Boilermakers (24-5) are hitting the road to Kohl Center on Thursday where they will play the Wisconsin Badgers (16-12).
The Purdue Boilermakers played Indiana and ended up losing by a score of 79-71 in their last game. Purdue wrapped up the game having earned a 34.9% FG percentage (22 out of 63) and knocked down 5 of 23 shots from beyond the perimeter. From the free throw line, the Boilermakers buried 22 of their 33 shots for a percentage of 66.7%. With regard to grabbing rebounds, they collected 44 with 19 of them being offensive. They also doled out 15 assists in the matchup while forcing the other team into 7 turnovers and having 6 steals. In regard to defense, Purdue allowed their opponent to shoot 50.8% from the floor on 31 out of 61 shooting. Indiana doled out 16 assists and had 4 steals for this contest. Furthermore, Indiana grabbed 29 rebounds (5 offensive, 24 defensive), but wrapped up the game with no rejections. Indiana went 83.3% from the free throw line by knocking down 10 of 12 tries. They converted 7 out of their 15 tries from beyond the arc. In reference to fouls, the Boilermakers finished with 15 and Indiana accounted for 23 fouls.
Zach Edey is someone who was important for this game. He finished the game at 47.1% from the floor and also distributed 3 dimes. He was on the court for 37 minutes and also snagged 16 rebounds. He ended up finishing with 26 points on 8 of 17 shooting.
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Purdue comes into this one with a record of 24-5 so far this year. They are turning it over 11.2 times per contest and as a basketball team are committing 13.5 personal fouls per contest. As a unit, Purdue is pulling in 39.1 rebounds per contest and has accounted for 449 dimes so far this season, which has them ranked 61st in the country in terms of passing. The Boilermakers are shooting 33.1% on shots from downtown (204 of 617) and 75.3% from the free throw line. They have an average of 73.4 points per contest (139th in D-1) while hitting 45.9% from the floor.
When they are on defense, the Boilermakers are able to force 10.0 turnovers on a nightly basis and they draw 18.3 fouls. They give up 30.6% on 3-pointers and they are ranked 19th in the nation in PPG allowed (62.2). The Boilermakers are giving up a FG percentage of 41.6% (702 of 1,689) and they concede 27.7 boards per game as a group. They are ranked 126th in D-1 in giving up assists with 358 surrendered on the campaign.
In their last game, the Wisconsin Badgers took a loss by a final score of 87-79 when they faced Michigan. The Badgers earned 23 defensive boards and 6 offensive rebounds for a total of 29 for this game. They also turned it over 8 times, while getting 5 steals for the game. Michigan had 17 fouls in the matchup which took the Badgers to the charity stripe for a total of 12 shots. They were able to convert 11 of the free throw attempts for a rate of 91.7%. In reference to shooting from beyond the arc, Wisconsin knocked down 8 of 23 tries (34.8%). In all, the Badgers shot 30 out of 70 from the field which had them shooting 42.9%. The Badgers allowed Michigan to knock down 29 of 59 tries from the floor which had them at 49.2% for this contest. They finished 33.3% from 3-point land by going 7 of 21 and walked away from this one shooting 22 of 26 from the free throw line (84.6%). With respect to rebounds, Wisconsin allowed Michigan to pull down 35 in all (5 on the offensive side).
Connor Essegian was important for the Badgers for this game. He racked up 24 points in his 37 minutes on the hardwood, but wasn't able to tally an assist. He made 10 of 21 in this matchup for a field goal percentage of 47.6%, and tallied 3 rebounds.
Wisconsin has a record of 16-12 for the year. As an offense, the Badgers are shooting 41.5% from the floor, which ranks 326th in the country. Wisconsin has accumulated 1,824 points this year (65.1 per game) and they snag 31.5 boards per game. They are assisting teammates 12.0 times per game (279th in Division 1) and they turn it over 8.7 times per contest. The Badgers have committed 15.8 personal fouls every game and they hit 66.2% from the charity stripe.
The Badgers are ranked 31st in the country in points allowed per game with 63.7. They are able to force 11.9 turnovers on a nightly basis and allow teams to shoot 43.8% from the floor (195th in D-1). The Wisconsin defense surrenders 32.3% on shots from distance (175 of 542) and their opposition makes 69.6% of their free throw shots. They give up 10.0 dimes and 35.6 boards on a nightly basis, which ranks them 16th and 281st in the country.
Who will win tonight's NCAA basketball game against the spread?
Josh Schonwald's Pick: Take Purdue
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