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Following a pair of enticing college basketball slates, we’re handed some leftovers Thursday evening. But don’t fret, they’re worthy for the holiday season.
The Big Ten continues its early season docket with Maryland-Purdue, while Iowa State and Iowa renew their in-state rivalry. Which sides deliver the most value? Let’s dig in.
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Maryland at Purdue
- Spread: Purdue -7
- Over/under: 148.5
- Tip: 7 p.m. ET
- TV channel: BTN
After losing four starters from last season, the Boilermakers have begun showcasing their flaws in consecutive losses to Michigan and Florida State. They combined to average 0.95 Points Per Possession in those two games, and Carsen Edwards has settled for his fair share of isolation sets, as he’s shooting just 14-of-40 (35%) from the field during that stretch.
Purdue coach Matt Painter has stated the need to polish up the team’s ball movement, and the Boilermakers thrive off getting open 3s in transition — with 48.9% of their attempts coming via behind the arc.
Maryland won’t be an easy team to accomplish that against with its sound perimeter defense, yielding a 30.3 opponents 3-point percentage.