Rutgers vs Purdue Prediction - Basketball Picks 3/10/23

Purdue Boilermakers (26-5) vs Rutgers Scarlet Knights (19-13)

Game Info: Friday, March 10, 2023 at 12:00 pm (United Center)

Betting Odds: Purdue Boilermakers -5.5 -- Over/Under: 127.5 Click Here for the Latest Odds

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The Rutgers Scarlet Knights will play the Purdue Boilermakers in the Quarterfinals of the Big Ten Tournament on Friday afternoon at the United Center in Chicago, Illinois.

Rutgers Preview

The Rutgers Scarlet Knights are 19-13 (10-10) this season after they defeated Michigan by a score of 62-50 in their last game. Rutgers shot 39.3% from the field and was +7 in rebounding margin in the win. The Rutgers Scarlet Knights are averaging 68.2 points per game, 60.4 points against per game, 37.3 rebounds per game, and 15 assists per game. Clifford Omoruyi has led the Scarlet Knights this season with 13.5 points per game, 9.8 rebounds per game, and 2.1 blocks per game. Rutgers is shooting 43% from the field, 70.1% on free throws, and 31.9% on three pointers this year.

Purdue Preview

The Purdue Boilermakers are 26-5 (15-5) this season after they defeated Illinois by a score of 76-71 in their last game. Purdue shot 47.2% from the field and forced 15 turnovers in the win. The Purdue Boilermakers are averaging 73.2 points per game, 62.5 points against per game, 38.7 rebounds per game, and 15.3 assists per game. Zach Edey has led the Boilermakers this season with 21.9 points per game, 12.8 rebounds per game, and 2.3 blocks per game. Purdue is shooting 46.1% from the field, 74.7% on free throws, and 32.7% on three pointers this year.

Trends

Rutgers is 2-6-1 ATS in their last 9 games and 1-5 ATS in their last 6 games following a win. The under is 5-1 in Rutgers’ last 6 games. Purdue is 4-1 ATS in their last 5 neutral site games and 1-5 ATS in their last 6 games. The over is 7-3-1 in Purdue’s last 11 games. The underdog is 3-1-1 ATS in these two teams last 5 head to head meetings.

Pick

Rutgers really struggled over the last month of the regular season, but they were able to knock off Michigan in their first game in the tournament. Rutgers has lost three of their last five games and they have scored fewer than 63 points in four of their last six games. Purdue has won three of their last four games and is the better offensive team. I like Purdue in this game and I think they will win by double digits. 

David’s Pick Purdue -5.5

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