Free Picks Delivered

Sign up below to receive our free expert picks delivered daily.

Tony's picks podcast

Purdue versus Connecticut March Madness College Basketball Betting Preview

Purdue versus Connecticut March Madness College Basketball


Time: 7:05PM ET TV: CBS

Following two impressive victories in the NCAA Tournament the Connecticut Huskies came in as a 7-point favorite against Purdue and the line has not moved off the opening number. The opening total was set at 135 by LVSC and there has been no movement. Purdue is coming off a hard fought 76-74 win over Pac 10 regular season champion Washington out west in Portland Oregon. In their two first round games Purdue has shot for a poor percentage hitting on just 41% of their shots against Northern Iowa and 39% against Washington. UCONN is coming off 2 blowout victories in their first two games of the NCAA Tournament defeating Chattanooga by 56 and Texas A&M by 26. Connecticut is a very good rebounding team and they average 9 ½ more boards per game than the Purdue Boilermakers. UCONN leads the nation in the fewest free throws attempted against them per game as teams shoot only an average of 12.58. This suggests that teams are likely to avoid driving into the paint against the strong interior defense of the Connecticut Huskies. Purdue hits 34.90% of their three point shots ranking them in the middle of college basketball.

The Wagerline consensus has 72.6% of the bettors on Connecticut -7

The Wagerline consensus has 68% of the bettors playing over 135


Connecticut is 11-1 to the over in their past 12 games played on a neutral court