Thursday college basketball odds: Purdue at No. 2 Michigan
To keep pace with one-loss Big Ten teams Michigan State and Indiana, No. 2 Michigan can’t take Thursday night’s game against mediocre Purdue for granted, and UM opened as a 16.5-point favorite on WagerWeb.com. Check current lines
Michigan has been off since an impressive 83-75 win at No. 9 Minnesota last Thursday. Tim Hardaway Jr. scored 21 points and Trey Burke had 18 points and nine assists for the Wolverines, who bounced back after falling at rival Ohio State four days before. Hardaway hit four 3-pointers in the first half for the Wolverines (17-1, 4-1 Big Ten), who held the lead for the final 33 minutes of the game and finished with 13 steals to fuel their fast break. Nik Stauskas added 11 points. It was the first game at Williams Arena pitting two top-10 teams in The Associated Press poll since Michigan visited Minnesota in 1977.
Michigan continues to rank among the nation’s top five in fouls (12.1, 1st); assist-to-turnover ratio (1.65, 3rd); turnovers (9.7, 4th); scoring margin (+19.8, 4th); field goal percentage (51.0, 4th) and three-point field goal percentage (41.0, 8th).
Purdue has won three straight games. The Boilers went out of conference in their last game, beating West Virginia 79-52. D.J. Byrd scored 17 points, Rapheal Davis added 16 points, Anthony Johnson 12 and Terone Johnson 11 for the Boilermakers (10-8). Purdue shot 49 percent from the field and outrebounded the Mountaineers 44-34. It was the third consecutive opponent Purdue has held below 34 percent shooting as WVU shot just 29 percent.
Michigan and Purdue split the series last season as each team won on the opponent’s floor. U-M won a 66-64 decision at Mackey Arena, before the Boilermakers claimed a 75-61 victory at Crisler Center. Michigan is 26-1 at Crisler Center over the last two seasons. The lone loss was against Purdue.
WagerWeb.com trends: Over is 4-1 in the last 5 meetings. Boilermakers are 6-2 ATS in the last 8 meetings in Michigan. Underdog is 4-1 ATS in the last 5 meetings. Road team is 4-0 ATS in the last 4 meetings.