Rutgers vs Purdue Prediction College Basketball Picks 2/22/24

Purdue (23-3) vs Rutgers (14-11)

Game Info: Thursday, February 22, 2024 at 7:00 pm (Mackey Arena)

Betting Odds: Purdue -16 -- Over/Under: 139 Click Here for the Latest Odds

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The Rutgers Scarlet Knights will play the Purdue Boilermakers in a Big Ten game on Thursday night at Mackey Arena in West Lafayette, Indiana. Rutgers has won four of their last five games, while Purdue has won nine of their last ten. Let’s take a look at the betting matchup and the Rutgers vs Purdue prediction.

Rutgers Preview

The Rutgers Scarlet Knights are 14-11 (6-8) this season after they lost to Minnesota by a score of 81-70 in their last game. Rutgers was tied at 37 at the half, but they allowed 44 points in the second half for the win. The Scarlet Knights shot 38.7% from the field and were -4 in rebounding margin in the game. Rutgers had won their previous four games against Northwestern, Wisconsin, Maryland, and Michigan. The Scarlet Knights are scoring 66.9 points per game with 38.4 rebounds per game and 12.1 assists per game, while giving up 65.4 points against per game this year. Clifford Omoruyi is averaging 11.2 points per game, 9.0 rebounds per game, and 3.3 blocks per game. Rutgers is shooting 39.1% from the field, 66.4% on free throws, and 29.1% on three pointers this season.

Purdue Preview

The Purdue Boilermakers are 23-3 (12-3) this year after they lost to Ohio State by a score of 73-69 in their last game. Purdue trailed 35-30 at halftime, but they did win the second half 39-38 in the close loss. The Boilermakers shot 43.4% from the field and made 20 free throws in the game. Purdue had won their previous nine games and they are currently first in the Big Ten standings. The Boilermakers are scoring 84.4 points per game with 41.2 rebounds per game and 18.2 assists per game, while allowing 69.9 points against per game this season. Zach Edey is averaging 23.2 points per game, 11.9 rebounds per game, and 1.8 assists per game. Purdue is shooting 48.9% from the field, 71.8% on free throws, and 40.1% on three pointers this year. 

Rutgers vs Purdue Betting Prediction

Purdue comes into this game leading the Big Ten standings, but they are coming off of a bad loss against Ohio State in their last game. The Boilermakers are scoring 84.4 points per game and they are shooting 48.9% from the field, while Rutgers is only shooting 39.1% from the field. Rutgers has won four of their last five games, but their offense has been inconsistent this year, especially on the road. Purdue should be able to bounce back with a win, but Rutgers plays pretty good defense and is able to keep most games low scoring. Give me the points with the Scarlet Knights here. 

David’s Pick Rutgers +16

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