Written and authored by NCAA March Madness Basketball Expert Analyst Charlie McDougall. Charliessports.com produces it for their 2015 Basketball game. The teams will play on Saturday January 24, 2015. At 12:00 PM EST on the Big-Ten Television Network.
The (13-6) Iowa Hawkeyes of the Big Ten Conference makes the trip from their campus to the Northwest part of the Hoosier State. Iowa will play the (11-8) Purdue Boilermakers also of the Big-10 in 2015 College Basketball action. The teams will play at Mackey Arena in West Lafayette, Indiana. This Sports Handicapper believes Iowa will not only make the 2015 NCAA Tournament, but they will do better than expert predict. Purdue has one of the best big men in the Conference but is a year away. The betting line has Iowa as a two-point road favorite Against The Spread, the betting odds total is not available for Saturday’s game.
The 2015 Iowa Hawkeyes lost badly on the road to a very good Wisconsin team on January 20th. Forward Jarrod Uthoff scored a game-high 12 in the thirty-two point loss, star Aaron White had only 7-points. The Hawkeyes are 4-2 in Conference play, four games out of first place. White is the team leader in scoring at fifteen points per game. Head Coach Fran McCaffery has three starters from last year’s team that lost in the first round of the NCAA Basketball March Madness first four to Tennessee in overtime. Iowa is 18-7 Against The Point Spread their last twenty-five on Saturday’s. The Hawkeyes are 4-9 Against The Number their last thirteen against the Big 10. The betting odds under the total is 7-3 the last ten between the teams. The Iowa Hawkeyes are 4-5 their last nine Free NCAA Basketball Picks going over the betting odds total five times and staying under four. The key to an Iowa win is to be more focused than they were in Wisconsin. The Hawkeyes must feed the post to White and play tough defense. Iowa has too much senior leadership, and a leader must emerge.
The 2015 Purdue Boilermakers have lost three of their last four in Conference play, the latest a 66-57 road loss at Illinois on January 21st. Purdue Guard Kendall Stephens is questionable Saturday with a finger injury. Purdue is 3-3 in Big-Ten play and is in the bottom half of the standings. Junior Center A.J. Hammonds is second on the team in scoring, behind Stephens. Hammonds can dominate when he is motivated to play, and he has to step his game up. Purdue is only 5-16 ATS their last twenty-one on Saturday’s. The home team is 9-2 the last eleven meetings between the teams. The Boilermakers are 8-3 their last eleven against Conference opponents. The Purdue Boilermakers are 3-1 their last four at home, going over the betting odds total once and staying under twice when a total is available. The key to a Purdue win is for Hammond to step up and contain the Iowa big men in the paint. Purdue has better athletes than Iowa and must do their job on the ball and playing defense.
Free Pick: Purdue-2.