Purdue’s 19-game winning streak ended with a thud last week. The Boilermakers lost against both fellow Big Ten title contenders Ohio State and Michigan State and has to regroup starting tonight.
Because then No.3 Purdue played such stiff competition and lost both games in the final minute, they did not fall far in the polls and are ranked either No.6 or No.7 this week. Normally, any Big Ten team would dread a trip to Madison, but this is the poorest Wisconsin team in years at 11-16 (10-16 ATS). Unless the Badgers finish with a flourish, they might not even make a minor postseason tournament this season with such a poor record.
Looking at the opening college basketball odds, Purdue was released as nine-point away favorite. Do the Boilers come in boiling mad off two defeats or does their pedestrian play continue? This will be the first game on ESPN starting at 7:00 Eastern.
For handicappers and Big Ten aficionados, you could Purdue’s winning streak was going to end. Prior to Ohio State loss in which the Boilermakers (23-4, 15-11 ATS) were a 10-point favorite, they had won previous four games and not covered one of them. Maybe it was the pressure of long streak or the belief they just could not lose, whatever it was coach Matt Painter’s team had lost their edge.