Purdue Boilermakers (7-3) at Rutgers Scarlet Knights (6-1)
College Basketball: Tuesday, December 29, 2020 at 7:00 pm (Rutgers Athletic Center)
The Line: Rutgers Scarlet Knights -3.5 -- Over/Under: 139.5 Click to Get Latest Betting Odds
The Purdue Boilermakers and the Rutgers Scarlet Knights meet in Big Ten conference college basketball action from Rutgers Athletic Center on Tuesday night.
The Purdue Boilermakers will be out to build off of a 73-70 win over Maryland in their last game. Brandon Newman led the Boilers with 17 points on 7 of 11 shooting with 3 threes while Eric Hunter Jr. chipped in 16 points with a pair of threes. Jaden Ivey added 11 points on 4 of 6 shooting with a pair of threes, 5 rebounds and a team-high 4 assists while Trevion Williams added 10 points with a team-high 8 rebounds to finish off the scoring in double figures for the Boilermakers in the winning effort. Zach Edey chipped in 6 points with 7 rebounds and a pair of blocks while Mason Gillis chipped in 5 points with 6 rebounds as well in the victory. Williams leads Purdue in scoring and rebounding with an average of 13.4 points and 9.5 rebounds per game while Hunter Jr. is Purdue’s top assist man, dishing out 3.5 assists per game this season. As a team, Purdue is averaging 72.5 points on 46.5% shooting from the field, 38.7% from 3-point range and 69.8% from the foul line while allowing opposing teams to average 66 points on 41.5% shooting from the field and 30.8% from 3-point range this season.
The Rutgers Scarlet Knights will look to bounce back after a frustrating 80-68 loss to Ohio State last time out. Ron Harper Jr. led Rutgers with 20 points on 8 of 20 shooting with 4 threes and a team-high 5 rebounds while Montez Mathis added 16 points on 5 of 10 shooting with a pair of triples and Jacob Young chipped in 12 points with a team-high 5 assists to finish off the trio of double-digit scorers for Rutgers in the losing effort. Patrick Mulcahy also added 7 points with 5 assists of his own as well in the defeat for the Scarlet Knights. Harper Jr. leads Rutgers in scoring with an average of 23.4 points per game while Myles Johnson leads the Scarlet Knights in rebounding with 8.6 rebounds per game and Young leads Rutgers in assists with 5.6 assists per game this season. As a team, Rutgers is averaging 80.6 points on 49.8% shooting from the field, 37.2% from behind the arc and 60.3% from the foul line while allowing opposing teams to average 70.1 points on 40.9% shooting from the field and 30.5% from 3-point range this season.
Purdue is 0-6-1 ATS in their last 7 games against a team with a winning record and 1-5-1 ATS in their last 7 games overall while the under is 4-1 in their last 5 games following a win. Rutgers is 3-1-1 ATS in their last 5 games overall and 13-5-2 ATS in their last 20 home games while the over is 5-0 in their last 5 games against a team with a winning record. The home team is 5-2 ATS in the last 7 meetings between these two teams.
Neither of these teams tends to light the scoreboard on fire despite high-scoring averages and while the numbers and trends suggest we could be in for a shootout, I’m thinking the opposite. I’m expecting a physical, hard-nosed style of conference game, one where the first to 70 wins so I’ll side with the under as my free pick for this game, but my stronger play is on the side and I have that available as a premium pick that you can find here.