2016 March Madness Futures – Purdue Boilermakers

Shane Lambert, in this quick article, takes a quick look at the Purdue Boilermakers in NCAA basketball futures.

There’s still a handful of teams that remain undefeated in NCAA basketball for the 2015/16 season. At 10-0, the Purdue Boilermakers are one of those teams. Thus far, this season’s team has put up some pretty staggering spreads, but often against competition considered not-so-staggering.

For example, Purdue opened their season with a 41-point shellacking of NCAT (you know – the Aggies). In game three of their season, the Boilermakers torched one ‘Incarnate Word’ by 35 points. More recently, Purdue beat Howard by 38. While those teams are not likely tournament bound, the spreads are very significant in my opinion. Furthermore, Purdue have won each of their other games by at least double digits, including wins at Florida, at Pitt, and against New Mexico.

For ranking, the Boilermakers were 11th in the AP poll as of December 7th and some have suggested that they are under-rated. Gary Parrish, for example, writing or podcasting at CBSSports this week posed that question. Now, if you are ranked 11th in the nation out of hundreds of college basketball teams and people that are in the know, like Parrish, are still wondering if you are under-rated, then it is a major compliment.

But when you look at betting odds, the Boilermakers are not considered to be one of the best teams out there. They sit well out of the Top 10 favorites with many sportsbooks that offer odds at the moment on March Madness futures for the NCAA national championship. Coral, for example, have Purdue at 66 to 1 to win everything this season – a betting line that has to be recommended for a team that’s 10-0. As a contrast, Ladbrokes offer the same result at 25 to 1, highlighting the value that appears to be available with Coral.

Recommendation:

1 point win on Purdue with Coral at 66 to 1 to win NCAAB national title (each-way not available)