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#633 Purdue 143 vs.
#634 Marquette -1
Wednesday, November 13, 2019 at 9:00pm EST
Written by Daniel Benjamin

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As part of the annual Gavitt Games, the Purdue Boilermakers will make the trip up to Milwaukee to take on the Marquette Golden Eagles on Wednesday night. The Gavitt Games is an annual event that began in 2015 which pits eight Big East and Big Ten teams against each other. Purdue is 1-1 all-time in these games while Marquette has yet to secure a win in three contests. Purdue and Marquette have met eight previous times with the Boilermakers coming out victorious in each matchup, with the most recent occurring in 2017.

Purdue looking to get back to winning ways

Purdue is on the road for the first time this season. The Boilermakers are 1-1 on the season for the first time since 2016-17. They defeated Green Bay and fell to Texas 70-66 on Saturday. Sophomore Sasha Stefanovic led the way against Texas as he tied his career-high as he knocked down four treys on his way to tying his career-high of 14 points. Jahaad Proctor, who has scored in double-figures in 18 straight games, and Eric Hunter Jr. chipped in 12 points apiece. Trevion Williams (eight rebounds), Nojel Eastern (seven), and Aaron Williams (seven) combined to haul in 22 of the team's 35 caroms. Purdue shot 41% (25 of 61) from the field, and 50% (8-for-16) from beyond the arc, but the Boilermakers permitted the Longhorns to connect on 53.3% of their shots overall, including 40.9% from long distance. Texas was 13 of 16 from the free throw line compared to Purdue which made eight of 12 attempts.

Proctor leads four players in double-figures with 19 points, on 57.1% shooting, and 4.5 rebounds. Stefanovic (14 points), Hunter (13.5), and Matt Haarms (12.5) are the team's other leading scorers. Wheeler is the only Boilermaker averaging more than five rebounds with eight.

Purdue is shooting 45.9% from the field and 40% from the 3-point line. The Boilermakers are averaging 11 offensive rebounds, 14 assists, and 12.5 turnovers. Defensively, Purdue is allowing 63.5 points while permitting its opponents to shoot 43.5% from the field and 38.1% from beyond the arc. They are holding their opponents to six offensive rebounds and forcing 16 turnovers.

Golden Eagles return to action

Marquette finally gets to play again. The Golden Eagles have been off since ripping Loyola (MD) 88-53 on the opening day of the season. Unsurprisingly, preseason All-American first-team selection Markus Howard was the catalyst for Marquette as he poured in 38 points on 11 of 20 shooting, including seven of 10 from beyond the arc. Howard, who became the program's all-time leading scorer, added five rebounds and two assists. Sacar Amin and Utah State transfer Koby McEwen contributed 11 points apiece. Theo John added eight rebounds while McEwen, who was playing in his first game for the Eagles, hauled in seven boards.

Marquette is shooting 51.7% from the floor, and an incredible 60.9% percent on 3-pointers as the Eagles have drained 14 of 23 attempts. The Golden Eagles also have collected 52 rebounds, with 10 coming on the offensive end, doled out 18 assists, and committed 21 turnovers. Defensively, MU is holding opponents to 30.8% shooting from the field and 22.2% from the 3-point line while allowing 10 offensive rebounds and forcing 10 turnovers.

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I like Marquette in a reasonably close game. And if there is any wonder why it is because Howard is the most dynamic player in the college game. Not only is he a superb scorer as well as a shooter, but Howard is also clutch. Howard, who tallied 21 points in the Eagles' most recent game against the Boilermakers, just saw Texas guard Matt Coleman pump in 22 points against Purdue's guards, which should have made him salivate. Plus, Marquette has had over a week to prepare for the matchup, and I believe that Theo John, who blocked eight shots in the opener, will cause the Boilermakers' frontcourt issues.

Prediction: Marquette +2

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Both teams are excellent shooting teams and neither team worries too much about the other end of the floor. Expect Marquette to push the pace and move the ball while Purdue will try to control the tempo. The Eagles jsut have too many shooters, and Texas defense demonstrated that Purdue's defense could be exploited when thinned out.

The over is 4-1 in the Boilermakers' last five games overall as well as their previous five contests against a non-conference opponent. Also, the over has hit in each ofย  Marquette's last four games versus the Big Ten.

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Prediction: Over 142
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Written By Daniel Benjamin

Daniel Benjamin is extremely passionate about sports particularly all things basketball. He loves crunching numbers and providing in-depth analysis. Prior to joining our staff here at Winners & Whiners and StatSalt, Daniel has written sports for a variety of outlets. He has covered the NBA, college basketball, NFL, college football, WNBA, soccer, and MLB since 2010.