Purdue vs Yale Predictions | Best Bets & Odds

Last Updated: Mar 18, 2022

Purdue fell one win short of winning the Big Ten tournament, but now is their real test.

The Boilermakers were my team to beat at the beginning of the season, and I thought for sure they’d be a No. 1 seed in this year’s March Madness tournament. Unfortunately, they’re merely a No. 3 seed due to their defensive woes, as they don’t look like a contender on that side of the ball.

Yale knocked off Princeton in the Ivy League final to book their ticket to the dance. The Bulldogs went 0-4 against tournament teams, however, making them unlikely to pull off a huge upset when they clash with the Boilermakers at 2 p.m. ET on Friday, March 18.

Purdue vs Yale Odds

Purdue vs Yale CBB gameday odds are provided by Caesars and are current as of 12 p.m. ET on Tuesday, March 15.

  • Moneyline: Purdue (-1700) vs Yale (+900)
  • Spread: Purdue -15.5 (-110) vs Yale +15.5 (-110)
  • Over/Under: Over 143 (-110) / Under 143 (-110)
  • Implied Score: Purdue 79.25, Yale 63.75

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Purdue vs Yale Prediction

This one is a no-brainer. Despite Purdue’s struggles on the defensive end of late, especially defending the pick and roll, they should still cruise against Yale. Their size alone gives them a substantial advantage in this contest.

Look for the Boilermakers to exploit this edge by feeding their star center Zach Edey, who is 7-foot-4. The Bulldogs don’t have anyone taller than 6-foot-10 on their roster, so Edey is going to have at least half a foot on anyone trying to guard him.

Accordingly, Edey should feast in the paint on the glass, helping Purdue roll to an easy victory.

Purdue vs Yale Score Pick

Purdue 80, Yale 62

Purdue will take care of business, but Yale should still be able to put up points against Purdue’s leaky defense.

The total is going to come down to the last minutes of the game, and hopefully the Boilermakers don’t leave the backdoor open for the Bulldogs.

Purdue vs Yale Best Bets

Purdue -15.5 (-110) at Caesars Sportsbook

WAGER: 0.5 Units

I usually don’t like betting on double-digit favorites in the NCAA Tournament to cover, but Yale’s lack of size is holding me back from taking the underdogs here.

Purdue should dominate this game from the start and the score could get ugly quickly. I have no lean on the game’s total as a blowout can be unpredictable on how the game will end.

Back the Boilermakers to roll in their first-round matchup for our CBB bet of the day.


Ani Sridhar

Ani Sridhar is an NBA and soccer betting analyst at The Gameday as well as a producer at SiriusXM Fantasy Sports Radio. Residing in NY, but originally from Washington D.C and a University of Maryland alum, Ani is a long-time (and occasionally suffering) fan of all the Washington sports teams. He loves TV and movies, so just holler if you ever need someone to join your bar trivia team.

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