Can Purdue Basketball Get Over the Hump and Win the Big 10
Basketball teams go from powerhouse, to also-rans more quickly in the NCAA than in any sports league in the nation. Purdue Boilermakers basketball has been a constant powerhouse in the Big Ten under the tutelage of head coach Matt Painter. Equipped with a veteran, battle-tested roster, the 2020 NCAA Tournament could very well be Purdue’s time to shine. West Lafayette ain’t ready for this one.
After losing point guard Carsen Edwards to the NBA draft, much will be expected of the other returning veterans to pick up the slack. The number 33 overall pick lit up the Las Vegas Summer League and earned himself a guaranteed NBA contract. Key losses also include 3-point specialist Ryan Cline and the steady Grady Eifert. Boilermakers basketball will undergo significant roster turnover heading into 2019-20. Edwards was a 1st team All American, and he, Cline, and Eifert combined for 77% of Purdue’s total three-pointers last season.
All the while, the triplets spent last year accounting for 57% of the team’s total scoring output. Figuring out how to replace that offensive production will be Painter’s greatest challenge heading into the season. Nojeel Eastern will be relied on to become the primary focus of much of the Boilmermakers offense. Accompanied by big man Matt Haarms, the bruising Trevion Williams, and breakout candidate Aaron Wheeler, the squad should be able to build upon last year’s momentum.
What the Recent Past Can Teach Us About Future Boilermaker Basketball Odds
Head coach Matt Painter has led the Boilermakers to three straight Sweet 16s, while winning a pair of Big Ten Championships along the way. Reasonable expectations are developing into yearly. An Elite Eight appearance ended with a heartbreaking loss. Nevertheless, the 2019-20 season will begin in West Lafayette with the squad chasing a record 25th Big Ten Championship. That game is sure to stick with Purdue fans for years to come. Virginia pulled out a miracle buzzer beater and tight win in OT, sending the Boilermakers back to the drawing board.
However, a new year breeds new opportunity, and this experienced squad is ready for anything the Big Ten has the throw at them. The Boilermakers should be one of the favorites to win the Big Ten, and with good reason. Michigan and Michigan State stand in the way as challengers, and bettors should hope the names of their schools would drive them towards standing as the conference favorites. See where the odds fall, and grab the value play in betting Purdue to win the Big Ten, you won’t be disappointed.
MacKey Arena will play host to the season opener against the Green Bay Phoenix on November 5th. As most seasons do initial tune-up games will allow the Boilermakers to establish a rhythm. Painter can then look instil his mindset and set the tone for the rest of the year. The Purdue Boilermakers National Championship odds are +3900 at time of writing, offering bettors fantastic value on a team that nearly made last year’s Final Four.
No matter the roster turnover, Painter has bred a program built on sustained excellence. Another Big Ten Championship, and a deep sojourn into the 2020 NCAA Tournament will only build to his legacy. To finally be seen as a member of the nation’s elite, Purdue will need to push through and win the NCAA tournament. At +3900, a Boilermakers basketball victory could make you a member of the nation’s elite as well. Bet big on Purdue basketball.