There is college hoops betting action on Sunday, February 20, 2022. We take a close look at the Big 10 Conference showdown from Mackey Arena in West Lafayette, Indiana. We want to give you the best Rutgers vs. Purdue betting pick and college basketball wagering odds.
The Scarlet Knights and the Boilermakers renew acquaintances for the second time this season, with Rutgers aiming to extend its winning streak against Purdue. In December, Rutgers surprised then-No. 1 Purdue Boilermakers 70-68 as underdogs of 13.5 points at home at the best Indiana online gambling sites.
The Rutgers Scarlet Knights improved to 10-5 in conference play following their impressive 70-59 victory over the 12th ranked Illinois Fighting Illini. This was their fourth win in a row, and during that streak, they outlasted the 13th ranked Michigan State Spartans 84-63, the 16th ranked Ohio State Buckeyes 66-64.
Rutgers dominated Illinois with defense. Rutgers made it hard for Illinois to make shots. Illinois only made 26.1% of its 3 pointers. Rutgers shot 47.5% from the field during the game. Ron Harper, a senior guard, led the way with 16 points and eight rebounds. Clifford Omoruyi, a sophomore center, had a 15-point, 13-rebound double-double.
In a nutshell, the Scarlet Knights are one of the most inefficient and ineffective offenses in all of college basketball. Rutgers has been far more efficient on defense, however. In terms of defensive efficiency (points allowed per 100 possessions), they rank No. 80 nationally and No. 43 in the Big Ten Conference (94th and 65th, respectively).
The Purdue Boilermakers (23-4; 13-13-1 ATS) won 70-64 against the Northwestern Wildcats this past Wednesday. They were favored by 6 points to win, and they did. But they didn’t cover the point spread for the third game in a row.
Purdue held Northwestern to shooting 35% from the field and 28.6% from beyond the arc. The Boilermakers were in control for all 40 minutes, led by sophomore big man Zach Edey who scored 14 points, grabbed 8 rebounds, and had 4 assists.Mason Gillis, a sophomore forward, scored 11 points and grabbed 7 rebounds. Jaden Ivey, also a sophomore guard, scored 8 points and had 5 rebounds as well as 3 assists.
The Boilermakers are in the top 5 of the AP Top 25 Poll, the top 13 in the KenPom rankings, and the top 10 in the NCAA NET Rankings. They have the highest offensive rating in all of college basketball, scoring 123.2 points per 100 possessions. Purdue allows 99.3 points per game (ranked 97th).
The Boilermakers will be very motivated when they play Rutgers again. They lost the last game against them, so they will want to win this time. However, it might be hard to cover the spread of 12 points. Rutgers is doing well right now.
Rutgers has won four games in a row against teams that are ranked in the top 25 according to the AP Poll. The Scarlet Knights’ defense has improved recently, and the visitors will keep it close if they can defend the 3-point line well.
The Rutgers Scarlet Knights will need to play their best defense to have a chance of winning against Purdue. They also need to take their time and not turn the ball over. The Scarlet Knights usually only have 65.2 possessions in a 40 minute game (301st in the country).
The Boilermakers have had a lot of possessions in their games so far. They are not a good defensive team, so the other team has scored a lot of points against them.In their last nine games, Purdue has played seven games where more than 137 points were scored in total. Rutgers has played five of their last nine games where more than 137 points were scored.