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Purdue vs Rutgers Pick – Basketball Predictions & Odds 3/10/23

Rutgers Scarlet Knights (19-13) vs. Purdue Boilermakers (26-5)
March 10, 2023 12:00 pm EDT
The Line: Purdue Boilermakers -5.5 / Rutgers Scarlet Knights +5.5; Over/Under: +128
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The Rutgers Scarlet Knights and Purdue Boilermakers meet Friday in the college basketball Big Ten Tournament Quarterfinal at the United Center. Let’s preview this game and give out a pick and prediction.

The Rutgers Scarlet Knights are averaging 68.2 points on 43 percent shooting and allowing 60.4 points on 39.3 percent shooting. Clifford Omoruyi is averaging 13.5 points and 9.8 rebounds, while Cam Spencer is averaging 12.7 points and 3.7 rebounds. Aundre Hyatt is grabbing 4.2 rebounds and Caleb McConnell is dishing 3 assists. The Rutgers Scarlet Knights are shooting 31.9 percent from beyond the arc and 70.1 percent from the free throw line. The Rutgers Scarlet Knights are allowing 30.3 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 34.4 rebounds per game.

The Purdue Boilermakers are averaging 73.2 points on 46.1 percent shooting and allowing 62.5 points on 41.7 percent shooting. Zach Edey is averaging 21.9 points and 12.8 rebounds, while Fletcher Loyer is averaging 11.6 points and 1.7 rebounds. Braden Smith is the third double-digit scorer and Mason Gillis is grabbing 3.5 rebounds. The Purdue Boilermakers are shooting 32.7 percent from beyond the arc and 74.7 percent from the free throw line. The Purdue Boilermakers are allowing 31.1 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 36.4 rebounds per game.

The Scarlet Knights are 2-6-1 ATS in their last 9 games overall. The Boilermakers are 4-1 ATS in their last 5 neutral site games and 1-5 ATS in their last 6 games overall. The under is 5-1 in Scarlet Knights last 6 overall. The over is 7-3-1 in Boilermakers last 11 overall. The underdog is 3-1-1 ATS in the last 5 meetings.

The Purdue Boilermakers should have revenge on their mind after losing at home to Rutgers in January. However, Rutgers beat Purdue on the road and it shouldn’t go unnoticed here. Purdue is also 2-5-1 ATS when favorites of 7 or fewer points. While not always pretty, Rutgers Scarlet Knights are a feisty group that hangs around and loses as underdogs by an average of just 1.6 points. Give me the points in what could be a sluggish Big Ten battle.

Randy Chambers's Free Pick: Rutgers Scarlet Knights +5.5

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