Purdue vs. Nebraska Pick
Can No. 20 Purdue go on the road and pick up a Big Ten cover over Nebraska when the two meet up today at 4:30PM ET?
According to oddsmakers at BetDSI, Purdue is favored on the road today, as the Boilermakers are getting odds of -9 points against Nebraska. The over/under total for the game is listed at 145 points. Purdue has won and covered the spread in its last three meetings with Nebraska.
Purdue is riding a three-game winning streak coming into today’s game, including an 84-73 win at Michigan State on Tuesday. Purdue sits at 17-4 overall and 6-2 in the Big Ten. It has covered the spread in three straight as well to get to 12-6 against the spread on the season. Purdue has a good balance of offense and defense, as it averages 82.8 per game on offense and holds opponents to 66 points per game. However, on the road, Purdue is scoring and allowing 75.5 points per game. Caleb Swanigan is the clear leader of the team, averaging 18.8 points and 12.7 rebounds per game this season. Isaac Haas is adding 13.5 points and 5.2 rebounds per game.
Nebraska is struggling right now, losing five straight after starting the Big Ten 3-0. The Huskers are now 9-11 on the season and 3-5 in the conference. Nebraska has failed to cover in three straight and is now 9-9 against the spread on the season. The offense is averaging 71 points per game while the defense is giving up 72.7. The Huskers have been without Ed Morrow, who has a foot injury. He was averaging 10.1 points and 7.9 rebounds in 16 games. Tai Webster is the leading scorer for Nebraska with 18.3 points per contest. He also adds 5 rebounds and 3.9 assists per game.
Nebraska has been a mess and I don’t think it will change against Purdue today. The Boilermakers have arguably the top player in the conference in Swanigan and the Huskers are hampered without Morrow. Purdue should be able to score on this Nebraska defense while Webster won’t have enough help to keep pace.
COLLEGE BASKETBALL DAILY PREDICTION: PURDUE -9