The Boilermakers started their season with three games against lesser opponents to make sure they were ready for their big games. In their first game against Bellarmine, Purdue was able to win 96-67. They then took on Indiana State and made quick work of them as well, 92-67.
In their final game against unranked opponents, Purdue defeated Wright State 96-52. The Boilermakers had five players score in double figures. Trevion Williams led the way with 20 points, followed up by Zach Edey scoring 18.
After Wright State, Purdue went to the Hall-of-Fame tournament and took on North Carolina in the first round. Purdue had another big offensive performance, defeating North Carolina 93-84. Sasha Stefanovic led the scoring for the Boilermakers with 23 points. Right behind him was Jaden Ivey who scored 22 points.
With the win over North Carolina, Purdue took on Villanova for the Championship. Purdue was down at half for the first time, taking a 31-33 deficit into the second half. Purdue came out on fire in the second half and went on to win the game 80-74. Purdue’s big man, Zach Edey, was the leading scorer putting up 21 points in the championship game.
Purdue is currently at +1200 to win the NCAA tournament this season. If a bettor was to place a $100 bet on Purdue to win, the payout on that would be $1300. The Boilermakers are a veteran-led team, with Zach Edey being the only underclassman in the starting lineup. This will be a big help during the biggest tournament of the season.
Purdue is the major favorite to win the Big Ten this season with their odds around +180. If a bettor was to place a $100 bet on Purdue to win the Big Ten, they would have a $280 payout. With the Big Ten seemingly down this season, the chances Purdue wins the Big Ten seem to be growing daily.
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