The Wisconsin Badgers are taking on the Purdue Boilermakers at the Kohl Center tonight in what looks to be a very important game for the Badgers. Let’s take a look at the college basketball betting odds, KenPom Rankings and give our Purdue vs Wisconsin basketball prediction for the Big Ten college basketball game tonight.
Purdue vs Wisconsin Basketball Prediction and Preview
No. 5 Purdue Boilermakers (24-5, 13-5 Big Ten) vs. Wisconsin Badgers (16-12, 8-10 Big Ten)
Date: Thursday, March 2, 2023
Time: 8 PM CST
Venue: Kohl Center — Madison, WI
Purdue vs Wisconsin College Basketball Betting Odds
Moneyline: PUR: (-192) | WIS: (+158)
Point Spread: PUR: -4.5 (-110) | WIS: +4.5 (-110)
Total: 127.5 — Over: (-105) | Under: (-115)
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KenPom Rankings are from KenPom.com
Purdue vs Wisconsin Basketball Prediction
It’s been a struggle for the Wisconsin basketball team in conference play this year. After starting out with a great road win over Marquette and almost beating Kansas, they have completely collapsed as of late. With their recent overtime loss on the road at Michigan, they likely sit on the wrong side of the NCAA Tournament bubble.
Purdue, on the other hand, has little to play for. While a loss would raise some eyebrows, a loss at the Kohl Center doesn’t hurt as bad as other road losses. With a win, not much changes for a Boilermakers team that is already solidified as a one or two-seed in the NCAA Tournament.
If the crowd gets into the game, this will be a dangerous Wisconsin basketball team. They have nothing to lose and a win over Purdue would likely be enough to put them back on the right side of the tournament bubble. The Badgers will come out ready to play, but they face a tall task in beating this Purdue team.
This will be a low-scoring Big Ten basketball game that will be back and forth for most of it. With Zach Edey and an underrated defense, Purdue should be able to pull away down the stretch.
For any sports bettors out there, Purdue -4.5 is a great line to bet on. If you’re in Wisconsin, so you can sign up at BetOnline Sportsbook to bet on this game.
Wisconsin vs Purdue Prediction: Purdue 67, Wisconsin 56
For what it’s worth, the ESPN Matchup Predictor gives Purdue a 71.8% chance to win.
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