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Penn State vs Purdue 1/8/23 College Basketball Picks, Predictions, Odds

Purdue Boilermakers (14-1) vs. Penn State Nittany Lions (11-4)
January 8, 2023 6:00 pm EDT
The Line: Penn State Nittany Lions +4.5 / Purdue Boilermakers -4.5; Over/Under: +135.5
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The Purdue Boilermakers and the Penn State Nittany Lions meet in college basketball action from the Palestra on Sunday.

The Purdue Boilermakers will look to build on a 71-69 win over Ohio State last time out. Zach Edey leads the Boilermakers in scoring and rebounding, averaging a double-double per game with 21.3 PPG and 13.2 RPG while Fletcher Loyer has 12.1 PPG and 2.4 APG as the only other double-digit scorer for Purdue up to this point in the season. Braden Smith has a team-high 3.8 APG to lead Purdue in the assist department up to this point in the season. As a team, Purdue is averaging 75.9 PPG on 45.4% shooting from the field, 31.5% from three and 75.1% from the foul line this season.

The Penn State Nittany Lions will look to rebound from a 79-69 road loss to Michigan last time out. Jalen Pickett leads the Nittany Lions in scoring, rebounding and assists with 17.4 PPG, 7.5 RPG and 7.3 APG while Andrew Funk has 12.1 PPG this season. Seth Lundy has 13.7 PPG to round out the scoring in double figures for Penn State this season, with Lundy logging 6.7 RPG as well this season. As a team, Penn State is averaging 75.5 PPG on 46.4% shooting from the field, 38.4% from three and 77.6% from the foul line this season.

Purdue is 1-4 ATS in their last 6 games against a team with a winning record and 6-17-3 ATS in their last 26 games following a win while the under is 5-0 in their last 5 games following a win. Penn State is 4-0 ATS in their last 4 Sunday games and 7-1 ATS in their last 8 games following a loss while the under is 4-0 in their last 4 neutral site games.

I get the case to be made for either side in this game, but I’m taking the points with Penn State here. Purdue’s been in a ton of close games away from home already this season, having to go to OT with Nebraska and then narrowly beating Ohio State by 2 in what honestly was a good win. But now that flips back to Purdue laying points on the road and I’m just not in a position where I feel like doing that. This feels like a one-score game whichever way you have it going so give me the points with Penn State here.

Chris Ruffolo's Free Pick: Penn State +4.5

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