Favored Purdue Out To Extend Dominance Over Indiana In Big Ten Clash

Boilermakers seeking first 10-game winning streak against Hoosiers in more than a century
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Fourth-ranked Purdue seeks its first 10-game winning streak over arch rival Indiana in more than a century as the Big Ten foes meet Thursday night at Assembly Hall in Bloomington.

The Boilermakers (15-2, 4-2) have won nine straight over the Hoosiers (13-4, 4-3), matching the second-longest streak in school history. The only one longer was a 12-game run from February 1908 to February 1914. Purdue also has won five straight at Assembly Hall during this streak, and a win would make it the first Indiana opponent to win six straight in Bloomington.

Matt Painter’s team has won three straight and is coming off a 96-88 double overtime victory Monday at No. 17 Illinois. Sasha Stefanovic hit five 3-pointers and scored 22 points, while Zach Edey added 20 as five Purdue players finished in double figures. Six of the Boilermakers’ seven conference games have been decided by single digits, with the lone exception a 92-65 rout of Nebraska.

Jaden Ivey, who scored 13 of his 19 points against the Illini at the foul line, leads Purdue in scoring at 16.4 points per game. The Boilers are third in the nation in shooting at 50.2%, fourth in scoring at 86.2 points per game, and fifth in 3-point shooting at 40.3%. They are also second among Division I teams with a plus-12.4 rebound margin per contest.

Painter, who is 18-9 lifetime against Indiana and has 370 victories overall, could tie Ward Lambert for second in all-time wins at Purdue and fifth in Big Ten victories.

Scouting the Hoosiers

Indiana is 11-0 at home under first-year coach Mike Woodson and salvaged a split of a two-game road swing with a 78-71 triumph at Nebraska on Monday. Trayce Jackson-Davis had 23 points and 12 rebounds for his fourth consecutive double-double for the Hoosiers, and has averaged 20.3 points and 11.8 rebounds in that span while shooting 63.5% from the floor.

The 6-foot-9 junior has been an all-around force for Indiana, averaging 19.5 points, 9.1 rebounds, and 2.9 blocks while shooting 60.7%. Jackson-Davis ranks among the top four in the conference in all four categories — leading in rejections — while Parker Stewart has emerged as a top perimeter threat by hitting 46.7% (35 for 75) of his 3-point shots and averaging 7.6 points.

Woodson has instilled a defensive identity in the Hoosiers, who are second in the nation in defensive field goal percentage, holding opponents to 36.5% shooting. And they lead the Big Ten in scoring defense at 62.7 points allowed per game.

Indiana, which has not beaten Purdue since a 77-73 victory at Assembly Hall on Feb. 20, 2016, has split two games against ranked opponents this season, losing at then-No. 22 Wisconsin and beating previously 13th-ranked Ohio State at home. The Hoosiers have lost eight of their last nine versus AP Top 5 opponents, with the lone victory coming 364 days ago at then-No. 4 Iowa.

Boilers enter Bloomington as road favorites

Sportsbooks across Indiana have made Purdue a road favorite for this contest, with most major operators offering the Boilermakers as 3.5-point faves. DraftKings, BetMGM, Caesars, theScore Bet, and Betway are all offering -110 for Purdue, while those interested in taking the Hoosiers +3.5 should consider FanDuel — the only book offering plus money (+102). PointsBet and WynnBET also have solid plays for Indiana at -105, while the Kambi platform — powering BetRivers, Twinspires, and Unibet — is offering the Hoosiers at -108.

The best moneyline offering for Purdue is at DraftKings and Betway at -165, with BetRivers close behind at -167, Caesars and WynnBET offering -170, and PointsBet at -171. Hoosiers backers can get them for +150 at FanDuel, with every other book offering at least +140 for a home upset.

The overall total is ranging from 140 points at theScore Bet (-110) to 141.5 points at BetMGM (-110). In between, the Kambi platform has the best play for the over 140.5 points at -108, while those feeling brave can grab the over 141 points for -105 at Betway and DraftKings.

For first-half lines, Caesars is the only book straying from Purdue -1.5, adding an extra half-point at -110 in both directions for the Boilermakers -2. FanDuel again has a standout side value, offering +104 for the Hoosiers +1.5 in the opening 20 minutes.

Those interested in first-half moneyline plays for the Boilermakers may want to eschew the two-way play and opt for the three-way at WynnBET, which is offering -135 in contrast to -145 being the best standard play. FanDuel is the best play for Indiana with either option, offering +134.

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