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Rutgers vs Purdue Pick & Preview: Monday, January 2nd Betting Odds

Scarlet Knights vs Boilermakers Matchup at a Glance

  • Sport: NCAAB
  • Teams: Rutgers Scarlet Knights at Purdue Boilermakers
  • Where: West Lafayette at Mackey Arena
  • Date: Monday, January 2nd
  • Betting Odds: Rutgers +7.5, RUTGER +275 | PUR -362 O/U 130.5

Scarlet Knights Preview:

Rutgers will take their 3 game win streak into today’s game. So far, the team has an overall record of 9-4. So far, the Scarlet Knights have played 3 games on the road, with a record of 0-3. For the season, Rutgers has been the underdog in 3 games, sitting with a mark of 1-2. Currently, the oddsmakers have the lines set with the Scarlet Knights being +7.5 point underdogs.

Clifford Omoruyi comes into today’s game as the Scarlet Knights’ leading scorer at 15.0 points per contest. Not only has Omoruyi been key to the team’s scoring efforts, but he is Rutgers’ top rebounder at 10.08 boards per contest. Behind Omoruyi, the team has benefited from the strong play of Cam Spencer who is second on the team in scoring at 12.77 points per game. Overall, he has hit 48.3% of his shots and is adding 2.62 boards per game.

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Offensive production has been hard to come by for Rutgers this season, as they are currently ranked 302nd in college basketball at 67.9 points per game. A major reason for low scoring totals is the fact that that have played at a below average pace, and have struggled to knock down outside shots. As a team, the Scarlet Knights’ 3-point shooting percentage sits at just 33.6%, placing them 278th in the NCAA.

Boilermakers Preview:

The Purdue Boilermakers head into today’s game in what will be their 14th game of the season, posting a record of 13-0. Currently, the Boilermakers have been the home team 9 times, sitting with a record of 9-0. The Boilermakers’ are sitting with a betting line that is -7.5 points in their favor. For the season, Purdue has been favored to win in 11 games, sitting with a mark of 11-0.

Zach Edey comes into today’s game as the Boilermakers’ leading scorer at 21.92 points per contest. Not only has Edey been key to the team’s scoring efforts, but he is Purdue’s top rebounder at 13.58 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 12.31 points per game. Overall, he has hit 37.0% of his shots and is adding 1.46 boards per game.

Through 13 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.

Free Spread Prediction: Purdue Boilermakers -7.5

According to our key indicators, the best bet for today’s matchup between the Rutgers Scarlet Knights and Purdue Boilermakers is to get money down on the Purdue to win an cover as -7.5 point favorites. Even though the team has not been great vs the spread as the home team, we see them putting together a strong game from behind the arc, as they are one of the NCAA’s best 3-point shooting units at 8.74 made 3’s per game. When it comes time to getting your bets down, we like the Purdue Boilermakers at -7.5.

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