Jaden Ivey fist pump

Purdue guard Jaden Ivey celebrates the team’s 77-70 win over Iowa in an NCAA college basketball game in West Lafayette, Ind., Friday, Dec. 3, 2021. (AP Photo/Michael Conroy)

  • After taking their first L of the year, top-ranked Purdue battles NC State Sunday
  • The Wolfpack are 7-2 and coming off a win over Bethune-Cookman 
  • The odds and matchups can be found below with a prediction

The top-ranked Purdue Boilermakers were on the receiving end of college basketball’s best buzzer beater this season.

We’ll see how they bounce back from their first loss of the year when they take on an impressive NC State Wolfpack Sunday.

It’s all part of the Basketball Hall of Fame Invitational. Their game will be played at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn, which will tip off at 2pm ET. The game can be seen live on the Big Ten Network.

The Boilermakers are a hefty 13.5-point favorite, against an NC State side that’s 7-2 on the year, and hasn’t lost by more than six points this season.

Purdue vs NC State Odds

Team Moneyline Spread Total
Purdue Boilermakers OFF -13.5 (-105) Ov 142 (-110)
North Carolina State Wolfpack OFF +13.5 (-115) Un 142 (-110)

Odds as of Dec 11 at DraftKings

Boilermakers Outlook

It’s been about as solid a start top-ranked Purdue could have hoped for. They’ve stood up to early high-end competition, with wins over North Carolina, Villanova, Florida State and Iowa already stashed away.

The loss to Rutgers was unexpected, but a Ron Harper Jr wild chuck as time expired ended could have easily gone the other way.

Trevion Williams led the way for Purdue with 21 points and 11 boards off the bench, while stud guard Jaden Ivey had 15 points, three assists and three steals, though he took only nine shots across his 34 minutes of play.

The 70-68 loss was the  only game they’ve had all year that’s been settled by one possession.

That’s because few teams can keep up with the offensive firepower the Boilermakers throw at the competition. They are fourth in the nation in scoring at 88 points a game, while holding teams to 65.4 points a night, which falls into the top-115.

Adding more punch to the star tandem of Ivey and Williams is big man Zach Edey. The 7-foot-4 center is averaging  15.2 points and seven boards per game on the season.

Wolfpack Outlook

NC State has its own star guard, and Purdue should have his hands full trying to deal with Dereon Seabron, The 6-foot-7, 180-pound Seabron leads the Wolfpack scoring 19.9 points per game, and hauling in 11.1 rebounds.

He’s led NC State in scoring in five games already this year, and has had a double-double in six games. He had a monster showing in a 4OT win over Nebraska, when he went for 39 points and 18 boards.

Last time out, he had 16 points and 14 boards in a 65-48 win over Bethune-Cookman.

But NC State is far from a one-man band. Four other players;  Jericole Hellems, Casey Morsell, Cam Hayes, and Terquavion Smith are all scoring in double figures on the year.

They’re no slouches on offense, either putting up a respectable 78.2 points per game. But this will certainly be a level up for them in terms of competition. NC State doesn’t have a signature win, and have lost to Oklahoma State and Louisville this season.

Purdue vs NC State Pick

This has the makings of a bounce back game written all over it. Purdue is a strong basketball team, and will be challenging for the Big Ten crown and potentially a top seed in the NCAA Tournament.

The Wolfpack are just 6-27 in their history against no. 1 teams, and none of the players and coaches were around when they last played the top-ranked team, losing to Syracuse by a point in 2014.

Look for the Boilermakers to jump out early and take control of this game on the offensive end. Defensively, it’s no secret Seabron wants to get to the tin — he’s attempted 14 three-pointers all year — but look for the the big man tandem of Williams and Edey to make life tough for him in the paint.

The Pick: Purdue -13.5 (-105)

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