Because everyone on the IU team could be incapacitated by the norovirus? Seriously though, I don't see anything that could result in a Purdue victory short of shooting 65%+ from the field and IU having a game where they just can't hit a bucket (like both teams in that title game a couple years back). It's going to be a painful game, and keeping the margin respectable would honestly be a moral victory with this team. Stop IU from running, slow the game down, and keep the score in the 70's Boilermakers!
Why Indiana Will Win
Because they are a much better team, it's that simple. As we regrettably saw in West Lafayette last month, IU will force the Boilers to make stupid turnovers, play out of control, and frustrate them to no end when trying to score. If Purdue shows the same lack of effort for rebounds that has plagued them in the last few games, then expect that margin to be ridiculous as the Hoosiers have the height and hustle advantage.
One thing you absolutely need to know before the game
Let's all agree that this game is going to be painful. The odds of a Boiler victory are probably hovering around 1%. So instead, here's a list of things you can do this afternoon other than watch the game:
- Watch Cuonzo Martin lead the Tennessee Volunteers against Kentucky on CBS
- ESPN Classic is showing the 1990 NBA game where Michael Jordan scored 69 points against the Cavaliers (sorry Erik, that's not a good alternative for you). Actually, they are showing a Jordan marathon for his 50th birthday, so maybe that will cheer me up after the Purdue game.
- Catch up on the last few episodes of Justified or Top Chef
- Eat some crackers and try to recover from the norovirus
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 is Indiana by 19 points.
Erik's Bet: $22
Erik's Pick: Indiana 84 - Purdue 62
Kirk's Bet: $5
Kirk's Pick: Indiana 90 - Purdue 60
Erik +230 (19-8 Against The Spread)
Kirk -133 (12-15 Against The Spread)
Values already bet
Erik 1-17, 21-28, 30-32
BOILER UP!!!! (and we'll be watching, even if we joke about it. We're loyal and a bit masochistic)