NCAA Odds Preview: West Virginia battles Purdue

By: Joe Freda | Saturday, January 15, 2011
Casey Mitchell

Casey Mitchell has averaged 20 PPG in West Virginia’s three-game win streak.

The No. 8 Purdue Boilermakers have a 5-1 spread record in their last six games, with the ‘over’ going 4-1-1.  Matt Painter’s squad plays its second straight road game in Sunday afternoon’s duel against the West Virginia Mountaineers, who are 2-1 ATS in their last three contests.

Purdue saw a 10-game win streak end with Thursday’s 70-67 setback as a three-point road favorite against the No. 25 Minnesota Golden Gophers.  The Boilermakers went 13-for-13 at the free throw line, but were held to 38.3 percent field shooting.

Boilermakers forward JaJuan Johnson finished with team-highs of 29 points and 11 rebounds.  The senior notched his third double-double in six games, while adding two of his team’s three blocks.

Johnson’s mate E’Twaun Moore logged a team-high seven assists.  The guard continued a shooting slump with a 2-for-14 night from the field, bringing him to 9-for-39 in his last three games.

The tight battle’s combined 137 points leaped ‘over’ the closing ‘total’ of 134.  Both squads went scoreless in the final 3:17, with the Boilermakers shooting 0-for-6 in that stretch.

Purdue dropped to 5-3 ATS in its first eight games away from home, with the ‘over’ also moving to 5-3.  Moore and Co. have connected on 40.2 percent of their three-point shots in that span.

West Virginia picked up its third straight win in Thursday’s 93-63 triumph as a 9 ½-point home favorite against the Providence Friars.  The Mountaineers smothered Providence, allowing a stingy 31.2 percent field shooting.

Mountaineers forward John Flowers put up a season-high 24 points, shooting 10-of-12 from the field.  The senior also logged team-highs of five blocks and three steals.

West Virginia’s Kevin Jones notched 19 points and 13 rebounds, finishing with his second double-double in six contests.  The New York native connected on 9-of-18 field buckets, while failing to record an assist for the first time in five games.

The lopsided affair’s combined 156 points jumped above the ‘total’ of 152 ½.  Both foes struggled from the foul line, uniting to sink 28-of-42 free throws.

West Virginia improved to 3-1 ATS in its first four ‘board’ home dates.  The ‘over’ rose to 3-0 in that span’s three duels containing a ‘total,’ with Bob Huggins’ troops combining to shoot 44.6 percent from the field.

Purdue won last January’s matchup against WVU, 77-62, covering ATS as a 4 ½-point home favorite.  Johnson logged team-highs of 25 points and 10 rebounds for the Boilermakers, who connected on 50 percent of their field buckets.  Jones drained 2-of-2 from beyond the arc for West Virginia, whose sizable 17 turnovers factored into its defeat.

Sunday’s tip is scheduled for 10:30 a.m. (PT), with CBS providing the national television coverage.

Both teams will have two days off before resuming action as part of Wednesday’s college hoops schedule.  Purdue returns home to meet the Penn State Nittany Lions, while the Mountaineers remain at WVU Coliseum to face the Marshall Thundering Herd.

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