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Purdue vs. Rutgers Game Info, NCAAB Odds & Pick

Written by on February 3, 2018

Very educated college basketball folks have been made to look a little silly at times this season, as the top teams in the country have all had moments when they were beaten by an inferior opponent. March Madness is just a couple of weeks away, yet it is fair to suggest that no clear favorite has truly emerged. Sure, Villanova has looked great, and Duke has an offense that is about as explosive as it gets, but every team this year has looked a little fragile at times. It has been a while since the Purdue Boilermakers looked anything but strong at the NCAAB odds to win it all.Their two losses came in back to back games in the very early part of the season, and all they have done since then is reel off 18 straight wins. Their run is all the more impressive given that they are in a very tough Big 10 Conference, and I have them as my pick to win it all this season. Purdue will try to keep their hot streak alive when they visit Rutgers on Saturday night.

Purdue vs. Rutgers Game Info, NCAAB Odds & Pick

  • When: Saturday, February 3 at 4 PM EST
  • Where: Wells Fargo Center, Philadelphia
  • TV: BTN
  • Radio: 96.5 FM (Purdue) / 97.3 FM (Rutgers)
  • Live Stream: BTN Live
  • NCAAB Odds: Purdue -15.5 (Over/Under at 131.5 points)

Team Records

  • All: Purdue Boilermakers 22-2 / Rutgers Scarlet Knights 12-12
  • Home: Purdue Boilermakers 14-1 / Rutgers Scarlet Knights 12-6
  • Away: Purdue Boilermakers 8-1 / Rutgers Scarlet Knights 0-6
  • ATS: Purdue Boilermakers 14-9 / Rutgers Scarlet Knights 8-8
  • Over/Under: Purdue Boilermakers 11-12 / Rutgers Scarlet Knights 6-10

Recent Head to Head (Last 5 Games)

  • Record: Purdue Boilermakers lead 5-0
  • Score: Purdue Boilermakers 83.20 / Rutgers Scarlet Knights 59.80
  • Field Goal Percentage: Purdue Boilermakers 48.34 / Rutgers Scarlet Knights 36.58
  • Rebounds: Purdue Boilermakers 45.20 / Rutgers Scarlet Knights 30.80
  • 3 Point Shots: Purdue Boilermakers 39-109 / Rutgers Scarlet Knights 23-79
  • Steals: Purdue Boilermakers 5.80 / Rutgers Scarlet Knights 6.20

Why consider the Boilermakers NCAAB Odds?

The run that Purdue has been on since taking their two losses early in the season, mostly because they have made it look easy. Other than a couple of close calls against Northwestern and Michigan, the Boilermakers have eased past most of the 18 teams that they have faced during their winning run. This probably shouldn’t come as much of a surprise given that they are winning games by an average of around 21 PPG.The Boilermakers appear to have found the perfect balance and are in the top 20 in point scored and allowed per game. The currently sit atop the conference standings in the Big 10 with a perfect 10-0 record, but they also know that they cannot yet relax, as Ohio State are right on their heels. Purdue is 14-9 ATS and 10-13 O/U this season. They are also a perfect 6-0 in road games.

Team Statistics

Offense
  • Total Score: 84.21
  • Field Goal Percentage: 50.43
  • Three-Point Percentage: 43.16
  • Free Throw Percentage: 74.54
  • Total Rebounds: 36.46
Defense
  • Total Score: 63.67
  • Field Goal Percentage: 39.36
  • Three-Point Percentage: 32.48
  • Free Throw Percentage: 67.76
  • Total Rebounds: 32.46

Why consider the Scarlet Knights NCAAB Odds?

The Rutgers Scarlet Knights came into conference play with a record of 10-3 and are the perfect example of just how good the Big 10 is this season. They have gone just 2-9 in Big 10 play and are now sitting with a 12-12 record. Rutgers is coming into this one on a 4-game losing skid and probably don’t have much in the way of confidence when you consider that they lost 82-51 to Purdue in their earlier meeting this season.Rutgers is a huge underdog at the NCAAB Odds against Purdue.Rutgers is actually a pretty solid ball club on the defensive side of the court, giving up just 63.2 PPG, which put them in the top 15 in the nation in that category. It is their inability to generate offense that has killed them, though, as they are scoring just 66.4 PPG, which is way down the offensive rankings. Home court has been good to them, though, as they come into this one with a 12-6 home record. Rutgers are 8-8 ATS and 6-9-1 O/U.

Team Statistics

Offense
  • Total Score: 66.42
  • Field Goal Percentage: 40.41
  • Three-Point Percentage: 29.59
  • Free Throw Percentage: 63.56
  • Total Rebounds: 39.71
Defense
  • Total Score: 63.17
  • Field Goal Percentage: 39.91
  • Three-Point Percentage: 31.50
  • Free Throw Percentage: 68.57
  • Total Rebounds: 37.17

Latest Betting Trends for NCAAB

  • Purdue is 5-2 ATS in its last 7 games on the road
  • Purdue is 5-0 SU in its last 5 games
  • The total has gone UNDER in 8 of Purdue’s last 9 games
  • Rutgers is 1-5 ATS in its last 6 games
  • Rutgers is 1-6 SU in its last 7 games
  • The total has gone UNDER in 4 of Rutgers’s last 6 games

Expert Pick and Final Score Prediction

I think the only real question here is how big the margin of victory will be, as Purdue really should have no issue extending their win streak to 19 games.Score: Purdue Boilermakers 80 – Rutgers Scarlet Knight 58
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