Purdue Boilermakers at Miami Hurricanes – December 8

Purdue (3-1) at Miami (2-0)


The Boilermakers have won all three meetings vs. the Hurricanes, but the two teams have not met since the 2011 ACC-BigTen Challenge which was a 76-65 verdict at Mackey Arena. Purdue is 11-8 in the Challenge which is the best record among it’s Big Ten brethren. Miami stands at 7-6 in the Challenge as the Hurricanes are one of four teams to have at least five victories in the Challenge in the last six years. The others are Duke, Penn State, and Virginia.

Vs. the Spread:

Purdue is 4-12-1 ATS in the Boilers’ last 17 road games. The total has gone OVER in five of Purdue’s last six games and the Boilermakers are 1-6 SU vs. the ACC in the last seven. Miami is 5-1 ATS in the Hurricanes’ last six games at home. The total has gone UNDER in four of Miami’s last six games while the Hurricanes are 5-2 SU vs. the Big Ten in the last seven contests.

Teams Spread Money Line Total Points
Purdue Boilermakers -2 (-120) -140 O 136½ (-110)
Miami Hurricanes +2 (+100) +120 U 136½ (-110)

Last Time Out:

The Hurricanes blew by the Stetson Hatters, 82-60, as senior guard Chris Lykes led Miami with 20 points. Isaiah Wong recorded a double-double with 17 points and 12 boards in 31 minutes.

Sasha Stefanovic scored 19 points as Purdue rallied past Valpo, 68-61. The Crusaders shot 55 percent in the first half and led 34-23 at the break before Stefanovic scored 16 of those 19 in the second half to lead in securing the win.

Boiler Up:

Purdue Boilermakers LogoCoach Matt Painter will look forward to Eric Hunter, Jr., returning to the lineup. Hunter suffered a knee injury on Nov. 9 and has rehabbed fervently to get to return to action. Isaiah Thompson has spent the bulk of time on the point for Hunter as he has only five turnovers in 30.7 minutes per game in the first four.

Painter’s 7-4 freshman center Zach Edey has already made his presence felt in a huge way as he in shooting 72.4 percent from the floor and averaging 13.8 points per contest. Trevion Williams was voted preseason all-Big ten first teams and he averages 10.5 points and 11 boards per game. The size inside will be a challenging matchup for the Hurricanes.

Storm Front:

Miami Hurricanes LogoHowever, keeping point guard Chris Lykes in check will be an equally imposing challenge for Purdue. Lykes checked in as the third leading returning scorer in the ACC and was a preseason first team pick.

Coach Jim Larrañaga was looking for Miami to put a premium on rebounding and limiting turnovers. The ‘Canes have done well on those two objectives in wins over North Florida and Stetson, so now Cincinnati transfer Nysier Brooks gets his first challenge in the paint vs. the Purdue bigs. Wong and Harlond Beverly lead Miami with 9.5 boards per game. The Hurricanes felt roster attrition as well when Sam Waardenberg injured his foot in practice near the end of October and is now out for the season.

Winner: Miami (+2) 72, Purdue 67

O/U: OVER 136½

The Bets
Miami Hurricanes +2
OVER 136½
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Kenneth Cross / Author

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