Nebraska Cornhuskers (9-8) vs. Purdue Boilermakers (15-1)
January 13, 2023 7:00 pm EDT
The Line: Purdue Boilermakers -14.5 / Nebraska Cornhuskers +14.5; Over/Under: +130
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The Purdue Boilermakers and the Nebraska Cornhuskers meet in college basketball action from the Mackey Arena on Friday night.
The Nebraska Cornhuskers will try to find consistency after alternating wins and losses in each of their last four games after a 78-50 loss to Illinois last time out. Derrick Walker has 14.7 PPG and 7.8 RPG through 12 games so far while Sam Griesel has 11.1 PPG with 5.4 RPG and a team-high 4.2 APG to lead the Cornhuskers in the assist department while also capping off the scoring in double figures for Nebraska so far this season. Juwan Gary also has 9.5 PPG with 6.7 RPG this season. As a team, Nebraska is averaging 67.1 PPG on 44% shooting from the field, 29.4% from three and 64.1% from the foul line this season.
The Purdue Boilermakers will try to build on back-to-back wins after a 76-63 win over Penn State in their last matchup. Zach Edey leads the Boilermakers in scoring and rebounding, averaging a double-double per game with 21.9 PPG and 13.2 RPG while Fletcher Loyer has 12.4 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 4 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 46% shooting from the field, 32.2% from three and 75.3% from the foul line this season.
Nebraska is 0-4 ATS in their last 4 road games and 0-4 ATS in their last 4 road games against a team with a winning home record while the under is 6-0 in their last 6 games against a team with a winning percentage above .600. Purdue is 1-9-2 ATS in their last 12 home games against a team with a losing road record and 2-7-1 ATS in their last 10 games overall while the under is 9-1 in their last 10 games following an ATS loss.
I get the case to be made for both sides coming into this game, but I’m backing the over here. This just feels like a total that’s a few points too light. I get that we needed OT to get to 127 points in the first meeting but I’m expecting Purdue’s output to increase at home where they’ve played better all season from a points per game standpoint, and I think Nebraska only has to get into the low to mid 60s, which should be doable as they’re averaging almost 62 PPG on the road this season. Not one I’m rushing to bet, but I’d side with the over here.