Photo: flickr Writer: Eric Daniel
Cleveland State has had their issues on the road this season, especially against tougher competition losing by over 25 points at Kentucky and Arkansas State. The Vikings dominated a weak Western Michigan squad in their last outing at home picking up the win by a final of 85-62. Cleveland State is expected to finish in the bottom of the Horizon League this season and that’s probably a safe bet given what we’ve seen out of this group thus far. The Vikings have shown weaknesses on both sides of the ball ranking under 250th in the nation in both scoring average and total defense. Rob Edwards has been leading the offensive attack averaging 16 points per game.
The Purdue Boilermakers are expected to finish right near the top of the Big Ten this season as they build off of their elite frontcourt. Purdue has gotten off to a nice start this season standing 7-2 overall with their defeats coming in their tougher matchups against Villanova and Louisville. In their last outing Purdue impressed on a neutral site getting past Arizona State by a final of 97-64. The Boilermakers have proven time and again that they can put up huge offensive numbers against manageable opposition and this squad currently ranks 28th in the nation in scoring average and 76th in total defense. Purdue is loaded with weapons with 5 guys averaging in double figures and Caleb Swanigan has led the team averaging 16.2 points per game.
Purdue has shown they can blowout weaker competition this season and the Boilermakers figure to get a nice boost from their home crowd in this contest. Cleveland State is one of the lesser teams in the Horizon and the Vikings have lost in blowout fashion on the road consistently against solid competition this year. Take Purdue to come through as they win and cover this large spread.
Purdue -26 -110