Wednesday, November 14, 2012
Basketball Preview: Purdue vs. Villanova - November 15th - 9:30 pm - ESPN2
The Boilers head to the Big Apple this week to take on Villanova in the 2K Sports Classic. I love these early season tournaments because they feature some fun match-ups you'd never see otherwise (enjoyed watching Duke beat Kentucky and Michigan State take down Kansas tonight).
Overall, there seem to be a lot in common between Purdue and Villanova. Both teams feature a lot of young players yet have decent size that allows for different lineups. Last season, Villanova had a rough go of it, with only 13 wins, which include a mere four in conference play, and they lost two leading scorers, similar to the Boilers. This early in the year, each team has a lot of inconsistency as players are trying to define their roles and freshmen adjust to the college game. I expect it to be a close battle and not necessarily a pretty game.
One thing you absolutely need to know before the game - Look for yours truly going crazy in the stands during the game. I'm quite excited to be in New York for some work events that happened to coincide with Thursday's game. Unfortunately I won't be going to Friday's game, but seeing the Boilers at Madison Square Garden is going to be lots of fun. I'm interested to see how many Purdue fans turn out, since tickets weren't very expensive and Villanova has a significant home crowd advantage.
Our Picks - We like to think we're better than Vegas. So throughout the season, we'll be "betting" a whole dollar amount versus the spread between $1 and $32, but we can't repeat the same value twice. The spread for this game hasn't been listed yet - intrigue! It seems like the point spreads don't come out until the day before the game, and we want to get you, our dear readers, have these previews to read further ahead of time. We'll assume it's a toss up game to Vegas. [UPDATE: Spread is Purdue by 1.5 - Erik doesn't want his undefeated record tainted by a fake spread...he's also updated his bet accordingly.]
Erik's Bet: $13
Erik's Pick: Purdue 72 - Villanova 63
Kirk's Bet: $28
Kirk's Pick: Purdue 67 - Villanova 65
Values already bet
Erik 12, 13, 14, 26, 32
Kirk 28, 29, 30, 31, 32