Nicholls State at Purdue: 12/29/21 College Basketball Picks and Predictions

Nicholls State at Purdue: 12/29/21 College Basketball Picks and Predictions Photo by Michelle Pemberton/IndyStar / USA TODAY NETWORK

Purdue Boilermakers (11-1) vs Nicholls State Colonels (8-5)

Game Info: Wednesday, December 29, 2021 at 5:00 pm (Mackey Arena)

Betting Odds: Purdue Boilermakers -26.5 -- Over/Under: 148.5 Click Here for the Latest Odds

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The Nicholls State Colonels and Purdue Boilermakers face off on Wednesday in a college basketball showdown at Mackey Arena. 

The Nicholls State Colonels come into this game with an 8-5 record overall and they have gone 4-5 against the spread. The Colonels last game came against Oregon State, and the defense really struggled in that game giving up 83 points. The offense could only manage 61 points, and that led to the 22 point defeat. Nicholls comes into this game averaging 20.4 points while shooting 48.8 percent from the field and 39.8 percent from behind the three point line. Devante Carter has also been good, averaging 11.1 points while shooting 43.4 percent from the field and 20 percent from behind the three point line.

On the other side of this matchup is the Purdue Boilermakers who sit with an 11-1 record and they have gone 7-5 against the spread. The only loss for Purdue came against Rutgers by two points, but since that point they have won three games in a row. In the last game against Incarnate Word the offense scored 79 points, and that led to the 20 point victory. Purdue is averaging 85.8 points while their defense is giving up 64 points per game. Jaden Ivey has been the top player for Purdue averaging 16.5 points while shooting 52.6 percent from the field and 44.6 percent from behind the three point line. 

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Purdue is 1-4 against the spread in their last five games overall. The over is 6-0 in Nicholls last six games. The over is 4-0 in the Colonels last four road games. The under is 4-1 in Purdue’s last five games overall. The under is 4-1 in Purdue’s last five home games. 

Purdue is an elite offensive team, but Vegas has usually overinflated their totals, and that is the case again in this game. Look for Purdue to find offensive success, but Nicholls State will have issues scoring, and that is going to lead to this game being lower scoring. Back the under to cash. In terms of the side I do think Nicholls State will do enough to cover the spread. 

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