Purdue vs. Penn State Pick
Will No. 14 Purdue avoid a letdown performance when it hits the road to face Penn State tonight at 6PM ET?
According to oddsmakers at BetDSI, Purdue is favored on the road, as the Boilermakers are getting odds of -8.5 points against Penn State. The over/under total for the game is listed at 146 points. Purdue has won four straight in this series, including a 77-52 win at home on Jan. 21. The Boilermakers have covered the spread in three of the four victories.
Purdue sits tied atop the Big Ten thanks to a five-game winning streak right now. The Boilermakers are 22-5 on the season and 11-3 in the Big Ten. Purdue is 7-1-1 against the spread in its last nine game to get to 16-7-1 ATS on the season. The Boilermakers average 81.3 points per game on offense while allowing 66 on defense. On the road, Purdue allows 74.4 per game and scores just 74.9. Caleb Swanigan is averaging 18.9 points and 13 rebounds per game to be in the MVP discussion. Isaac Haas is adding 13.4 points and 5.3 rebounds per contest.
Penn State is coming off an 82-66 loss at Nebraska last Tuesday to fall to 14-13 on the season and 6-8 in the Big Ten. The Nittany Lions are just 13-10-1 against the spread on the season and 3-5 ATS in their last eight. PSU is averaging 72.2 points per game on offense while allowing 71.8 on defense. Tony Carr is averaging 12.6 points and 4.7 rebounds per game to lead the team while Lamar Stevens adds 12.3 points and 5.7 rebounds per contest.
Purdue hasn’t been the best on the road. While the Boilermakers win, they still struggle to pull away from their opponent. Penn State hasn’t always won at home, but the Nittany Lions keep things close. Their last home game saw them beat Maryland by six. Their last two home losses have been by a combined five points.
COLLEGE BASKETBALL DAILY PREDICTION: PENN STATE +8.5