Indiana-Purdue takes on Oakland in a Horizon League matchup on Saturday afternoon at 3pmET. Oakland is 2-6 in the Horizon League and 7-14 overall, while IUPUI is 1-7 in the league and 5-16 overall.
Streak continuesIndiana-Purdue has lost four straight and eight of their last nine games. They fell at Detroit Mercy 76-64 on Thursday despite a strong game from Marcus Burk, who had 25 points and 10 boards. Elyjah Goss added 15 points and 12 boards, while Jaylen Minnett also had 15 points. The Jaguars shot just 41% from the floor and 2-7 from the line.
Burk leads the Jaguars with 19.2 points per game on 43.7% shooting (38.8% 3pt). Minnett adds 15.3 points on 37% shooting. Defense is the main problem for IUPUI as they rank 334 in points allowed with 77.5 ppg. On offense, they are averaging 68.5 points per game on 41.3% shooting (33.2% 3pt). They are also getting outrebounded by 1.5 per game. According to KenPom, they rank 337th in adjusted defensive efficiency.
Struggling to competeWhile IUPUI has lost four straight, Oakland has lost three in a row. The Golden Grizzlies were crushed at home by Illinois-Chicago 80-50 on Thursday night. Oakland shot just 34.5% overall and 6-of-21 from three-point range. They were also outrebounded by eight, 34-26. Brad Brechting led the with 13 points, while Rashad Williams and Xavier Hill-Mais added 12 points apiece.
Hill-Mais leads the Golden Grizzlies with 15.5 points per game and 76 rebounds on 52.4% shooting (25.6% 3pt). Williams adds 12.0 points per game and 3.0 rebounds on just 26.1% shooting (25.8% 3pt). On the season, Oakland is averaging just 63.8 points per game (327th) on 42.2% shooting (258th) and 28.7% three-point shooting (335th). Defensively, they aren't bad, allowing 67.8 points per game on 41.7% shooting (32% 3pt).
- 4-1 ATS last 5 as a road dog of 0.5-6.5.
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- 1-5 ATS last 6 home games.
- 9-20 ATS last 29 as a home favorite.