Bet on March Madness handicappers will have to be careful, however, as the Boilermakers lost one of their top March Madness bet assets in Robbie Hummel. Hummel will miss the bet on March Madness tournament due to a serious injury to his right knee.
With the loss of Hummel there are now many March Madness bet handicappers that have reservations about basketball betting Madness March action with Purdue. But head coach Matt Painter refuses to use the injury as a bet on March Madness excuse to fail. “A lot of people will dwell on what you lose,” said Painter.
“But you have to be consumed with what you have. I really like what we have.” Purdue has a solid bet on March Madness resume as they had a record of 24-3 straight up and 12-14-1 against the spread while contending for the Big Ten Conference championship.
One of the reasons for Painter’s positive outlook towards Purdue’s bet on March Madness chances is based in large part on a defense that ranked 28th nationally out of over 350 teams for points allowed. It is that type of team performance that will make Purdue a bet on March Madness threat against anyone that they play.
Hummel was the team’s second leading scorer, however, and will be missed. Illinois coach Bruce Weber praised Purdue, however, and said that they can still lead the Big Ten into bet on March Madness action. “The can still win the Big Ten championship,” said Weber.
Painter feels that injuries are part of the game and equation heading into bet on March Madness action. “Injuries are part of the game,” said Painter. “You feel for Rob because he worked so hard last season to overcome his back injury.
From a coaching standpoint, these things happen, and you have to be able to deal with adversity.” Painter said that Purdue will play more “small ball” and rely on their quickness the rest of the way.