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Lay Points with Purdue vs Rutgers

Following a shocking loss to Ohio State, third-ranked Purdue might have lost its tentative spot as the No. 1 overall seed in the upcoming NCAA Tournament, but are still likely atop many March Madness picks to win it all. The Boilermakers return home to take on Rutgers and are favored by the college basketball betting odds to a tune of 15½ points.


Lay Points with Purdue vs Rutgers
Lay Points with Purdue vs Rutgers

Rutgers vs Purdue Game Information

  1. Game: Rutgers  (14-11, 6-8 Big Ten) vs Purde (23-3, 12-3)
  2. Location: Mackey Arena, West Lafayette, Ind.
  3. Date/Time: Feb. 21, 7 p.m.
  4. Rutgers vs Purdue Live Stream: TBS.com


Purdue has the second-best Vegas March Madness odds to win the championship at +750, trailing only UConn, who also lost in the past week. Rutgers, meanwhile, enters the contest on the heels of a loss to Minnesota following two impressive wins against likely tournament teams Wisconsin and Northwestern.

Rutgers vs Purdue Odds and Spreads


  1. The Boilermakers are 6-3 this season ATS when favored by 15 or more points.
  2. The Scarlet Knights have won ATS 7 of their last 8 games against the Boilermakers.
  3. The Scarlet Knights are 5-1 ATS in their last 6 games following an ATS loss.
  4. The under is 7-1 in the Scarlet Knights last 8 Thursday games.
  5. The over is 5-1 in the Boilermakers last 6 games following an ATS loss.
  6. he over is 5-1 in the Scarlet Knights last 6 games as a road underdog of 13.0 or greater.


Rutgers vs Purdue Over/Under Pick: Under 138½

Purdue’s team calling card all season has been its offense. Its 84.4 points per game is good enough for 10th best in the nation. But Rutgers’ strength is defense. They allow just 65.4 points per game and held the Boilermakers to just 68 in their first meeting. But Rutgers’ offense is nearly at the bottom of the country offensively. They score just 66.9 points per contest while averaging 61.1 field goal attempts. Steve Pikiell’s squad is nearly last in the country, connecting on just 39-percent of its field goal attempts.

They have eclipsed 70 points just three times in their last 10 games, including a 46-point showing against Penn State. The Scarlet Knights simply have trouble finding the bottom of the net. And if their defense plays up to snuff, the two teams will have a hard time reaching 138½ points, which is the highest over/under in college basketball betting odds in a Rutgers game since the aforementioned Penn State dud.


Rutgers vs Purdue ATS Pick: Purdue -15½

The Boilermakers live and die by Zach Edey, who is likely en route to winning National Player of the Year for the second year in a row. The 7-foot-4 specimen is third in the nation in both scoring and rebounds per contest, accounting for 23 points and 11.9 boards. In the last meeting between the two teams, Edey had 26 points, 12 rebounds, four assists and four blocks in the road win. He is averaging 24 points in his last three contests overall. But what takes Edey to the next level is his vision and passing down low.

It helps that Purdue is third in the nation, knocking down just over 40 percent of its attempted 3-pointers thanks in part to sharpshooters like Braden Smith, Fletcher Loyer and Mason Gillis. The Boilermakers can beat you from anywhere, which makes them extremely dangerous. But will they cover the massive 15½-point spread set by the college basketball oddsmakers?

Following both of their previous losses, the Boilermakers rebounded by winning home games by at least 17 points. Rutgers prides itself in its defense, but we think Purdue will come out swinging following the disappointing loss. And combined with Rutgers’ lackluster offensive output, we believe they will cover the 15½-point college basketball spread .

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Rutgers vs Purdue Prediction

Purdue 77, Rutgers 58



Questions Of The Day

Who will lead Rutgers in scoring?

Jeremiah WIlliams averages 13.2 points, though he has only played in the last five games.

Is Purdue the favorite to win the National Championship?

No, at +750, they have the second-best odds, trailing UConn


The odds and predictions in the article are based on the time of writing and publication. They may differ as to when the actual event takes place.

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