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Purdue vs Penn State Pick & Preview: Sunday, January 8th Betting Odds

Boilermakers vs Nittany Lions Matchup at a Glance

  • Sport: NCAAB
  • Teams: Purdue Boilermakers at Penn State Nittany Lions
  • Where: Philadelphia at The Palestra
  • Date: Sunday, January 8th
  • Betting Odds: Purdue -5, PUR -221 | PENNST +178 O/U 135.0

Boilermakers Preview:

Purdue heads into this matchup having played 15 games and have an overall record sitting at 14-1. So far, the Boilermakers have played 5 games on the road, with a record of 5-0. This season, Purdue has been favored to win in 12 games, sitting with a mark of 11-1. For today’s contest, Purdue has a betting line set -5 points in their favor.

Zach Edey comes into today’s game as the Boilermakers’ leading scorer at 21.29 points per contest. Not only has Edey been key to the team’s scoring efforts, but he is Purdue’s top rebounder at 13.21 boards per contest. Behind Edey, the team has benefited from the strong play of Fletcher Loyer, who is second on the team in scoring at 12.07 points per game. Overall, he has hit 36.5% of his shots and is adding 1.53 boards per game.

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Through 15 games, Purdue has been playing well on offense, averaging 79.8 points per game. Even though the team has been methodical with their pace, the Boilermakers’ shooters have been hot from outside, hitting 39.1% of their shots per game. This strong shooting percentage has equated to an average of 8.74 made 3’s per contest.

Nittany Lions Preview:

Through 15 games, the Penn State Nittany Lions have an overall record of 11-4. Currently, the Nittany Lions have been the home team 10 times, sitting with a record of 9-1. So far, the Nittany Lions have been the underdog 4 times, going 1-3 straight up. Heading into today’s contest, they are the +5 underdogs on the spread.

Jalen Pickett comes into today’s game as the Nittany Lions’ leading scorer at 17.4 points per contest. Not only has Pickett been key to the team’s scoring efforts, but he is Penn State’s top rebounder at 7.47 boards per contest. Behind Pickett, the team has benefited from the strong play of Seth Lundy, who is second on the team in scoring at 13.71 points per game. Overall, he has hit 48.4% of his shots and is adding 6.71 boards per game.

Offensive production has been hard to come by for Penn State this season, as they are currently ranked 391st in college basketball at 64.6 points per game. A major reason for low scoring totals is the fact that they have played at a below average pace, and have struggled to knock down outside shots. As a team, the Nittany Lions’ 3-point shooting percentage sits at just 34.2%, placing them 237th in the NCAA.

Free Spread Prediction: Purdue Boilermakers -5

For this showdown between the Purdue Boilermakers and Penn State Nittany Lions, our analysis points to 3-point shooting being a key factor in the outcome of this game. Both team’s come into the game with above average numbers in made 3’s per game. So far, Purdue and Penn State are 139th and 207th in that department, respectively. After crunching the numbers, we anticipate Purdue continuing to shoot the ball well. For the season, they have hit 39.1% of their looks from deep. With a point spread sitting at -5 in favor of Purdue, we like them to not only win but cover the spread.

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