Villanova vs Purdue College Basketball Pick, 11-14-2016 –

Villanova vs Purdue College Basketball Pick

ATS Expert Free College Basketball Pick
by James Murphy of
Date: November 14th
Game Time: 7:00pm EST

NCAAB Odds: Purdue +2

#4 Villanova Wildcats (1-0) vs. #15 Purdue Boilermakers (1-0)

The defending National Champion Villanova Wildcats will travel to Mackey Arena, West Lafayette, Indiana to take on the #15 Purdue Boilermakers.  Villanova opened their season with an 88-48 romp past Lafayette at home Friday night. Purdue crushed McNeese State 109-65 at home in their season opener.

Villanova set a school record 35 victories in the 2015-16 season en route to their first National Championship since 1985.  ‘Nova received a big boost after the title game when F Kris Jenkins announced he would return for his senior season.  Jenkins scored 16 points and grabbed 5 boards in their 1st win of the season over Lafayette.  Jalen Brunson led the Wildcats with 17 points and 7 rebounds while Mikail Bridges chimed in with 16 points and 8 rebounds and Josh Hart added 13 points.

Purdue has always been a very tough away game for opponents in college basketball.  Purdue enters this matchup ranked 15th in the country and had no issues rolling past McNeese State, 109-65.  Purdue will be lead by Caleb Swanigan a superb 6’9″ sophomore forward.  Swanigan was Indian’s Mr. Basketball and McDonald’s All American in high school.  He originally committed to Michigan State only to decommit and commit to Purdue. Swanigan led the way for the Boilermakers in their win over McNeese State with 23 points and 20 rebounds.

This game will feature two teams that should be ranked throughout the season providing us an early season glimpse at two top NCAA Tournament teams.  Jenkins and Swanigan will be the highlighted matchup but this game will come down to offensive and defensive rebounding.  Purdue has a slight edge playing at home but I like Villanova’s experience playing in hostile environments.  Look for this to be a tight game as the clock ticks down but I like Villanova to cover the -2 point spread on the road.
Villanova vs Purdue College Basketball Pick: Villanova -2

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