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Purdue vs Rutgers 1/2/23 College Basketball Picks, Predictions, Odds

Rutgers Scarlet Knights (9-4) vs. Purdue Boilermakers (13-0)
January 2, 2023 7:00 pm EDT
The Line: Purdue Boilermakers -8.5 / Rutgers Scarlet Knights +8.5; Over/Under: +125.5
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The Rutgers Scarlet Knights and Purdue Boilermakers meet Monday in college basketball action at the Mackey Arena. The Rutgers Scarlet Knights look for their 10th win. The Purdue Boilermakers look for their 14th win.

The Rutgers Scarlet Knights are averaging 73.1 points on 44.3 percent shooting and allowing 54.5 points on 36.1 percent shooting. Clifford Omoruyi is averaging 15 points and 10.1 rebounds, while Cam Spencer is averaging 12.8 points and 2.6 rebounds. Aundre Hyatt is the third double-digit scorer and Caleb McConnell is grabbing 5.5 rebounds. The Rutgers Scarlet Knights are shooting 30.7 percent from beyond the arc and 72.4 percent from the free throw line. The Rutgers Scarlet Knights are allowing 24.6 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 36.7 rebounds per game.

The Purdue Boilermakers are averaging 77.2 points on 45.9 percent shooting and allowing 60.5 points on 38.5 percent shooting. Zach Edey is averaging 21.9 points and 13.6 rebounds, while Fletcher Loyer is averaging 12.3 points and 1.5 rebounds. Braden Smith is dishing 3.6 assists and Brandon Newman is grabbing 3.6 rebounds. The Purdue Boilermakers are shooting 30.5 percent from beyond the arc and 75.6 percent from the free throw line. The Purdue Boilermakers are allowing 27.7 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 39.3 rebounds per game.

The Scarlet Knights are 20-6 ATS in their last 26 Monday games and 5-1 ATS in their last 6 games overall. The Boilermakers are 0-4-1 ATS in their last 5 home games and 6-17-3 ATS in their last 26 games overall. The under is 4-0 in Scarlet Knights last 4 road games. The under is 19-7 in Boilermakers last 26 overall. The home team is 4-1-1 ATS in the last 6 meetings.

The Rutgers Scarlet Knights are having one of their best seasons in recent memory, and I’d assume they’re going to be up for this game. However, this is a spot where Rutgers still has to prove itself. The Purdue Boilermakers are a step up from any of the teams Rutgers has played so far, and they win at home by an average of 21 points while allowing 39.3 percent shooting. The line is reasonable. Give me Purdue.

Randy Chambers's Free Pick: Purdue Boilermakers -8.5

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