Purdue Boilermakers vs Nebraska Cornhuskers Prediction, 2/20/2021 College Basketball Pick, Tips and Odds
Game: Purdue Boilermakers vs Nebraska Cornhuskers
Date: Saturday, February 20, 2021
Location: Pinnacle Bank Arena in Lincoln, NE
Odds/Point Spread: Purdue (-7.5)
The Purdue Boilermakers (14-8) are headed to Pinnacle Bank Arena on Saturday where they'll take on the Nebraska Cornhuskers (5-14). Purdue opens this contest as 7.5-point favorites. The O/U has been set at 136.5.
Purdue heads into this matchup with a mark of 14-8 for the campaign. They currently have an average of 70.6 points per outing (197th in the nation) while shooting 44.6% from the field. The Boilermakers are shooting 33.6% on shots from 3-point land (155 of 461) and 72.0% from the free throw line. As a unit, Purdue is pulling in 37.1 boards per game and is sitting with 310 dimes for the year, which ranks 45th in Division 1 in terms of passing the rock. They are losing possession via turnover 12.6 times per contest and as a basketball team they are committing 17.6 fouls on a nightly basis. On defense, the Boilermakers are forcing 11.6 turnovers every game while drawing 18.6 fouls. They give up 32.6% on shots from beyond the arc while they are 79th in the nation in points per game allowed (66.6). The Boilermakers defense is giving up a FG percentage of 42.0% (512 of 1,220) and they relinquish 31.4 rebounds per game as a group. They rank 321st in D-1 in giving up assists with 312 relinquished on the year.
The Purdue Boilermakers faced the Michigan State Spartans and notched a win by a score of 75-65 in their last game. Purdue ended the contest having earned a 49.1% field goal percentage (28 out of 57) and made 3 of their 12 shots from 3-point land. At the free throw line, the Boilermakers converted 16 of their 24 shots for a rate of 66.7%. With regard to grabbing boards, they collected a total of 27 with 8 of them being of the offensive variety. They also doled out 12 assists in the matchup in addition to earning 6 steals and 6 blocks. In regard to the defense, Purdue let their opponent shoot 49.1% from the floor on 28 out of 57 shooting. Michigan State distributed 12 dimes and had 2 steals for the contest. Additionally, the Spartans had 35 rebounds (11 offensive, 24 defensive) and had 6 rejections. Michigan State finished 66.7% from the free throw line by making 12 of their 18 tries. They also made 7 of their 16 tries from distance.
Trevion Williams is a guy who was a major factor for the matchup. He ended up with 28 points on 13 of 21 shooting. He saw the court for 31 mins and also snagged 6 boards. Williams ended up going 61.9% from the field and recorded 3 assists. An additional guy that was a major contributor in this contest for the Boilermakers was Eric Hunter. He pulled down 2 rebounds and had 2 assists. He finished the game shooting 75.0% from the floor in this contest by going 6-of-8 (15 points). When all was said and done, Hunter was on the hardwood for 31 min.
Nebraska has a mark of 5-14 on the year. The Cornhuskers commit 17.7 fouls every game and they shoot 63.4% from the free throw line. They are assisting teammates 12.8 times per contest (206th in college basketball) and they are giving up possession 13.4 times per game. Nebraska has tallied 1,320 pts so far this year (69.5 per contest) and they collect 37.4 rebounds per game. As an offense, the Cornhuskers are hitting on 40.7% from the field, which is 322nd in D-1. The Cornhuskers on the defensive end are ranked 235th in D-1 in PPG allowed with 72.6. The Nebraska defense gives up 31.5% on three-point shots (167 of 531) and their opponents are converting on 71.9% of their free throw attempts. They have given up 14.0 assists and 39.8 boards every game, which ranks 246th and 333rd in Division 1. They are able to force 13.5 turnovers on a nightly basis and allow teams to shoot 41.5% from the floor (95th in college basketball).
In their last game, the Nebraska Cornhuskers took a loss by a final score of 79-71 when they faced the Maryland Terrapins. The Cornhuskers pulled down 26 defensive boards and 4 offensive boards totaling 30 in this game. They rejected 2 attempts while getting 2 steals in this matchup. The Terrapins committed 9 fouls for the matchup which got the Cornhuskers to the charity stripe for a total of 12 attempts. They were able to make 10 of the free throw tries for a percentage of 83.3%. Pertaining to shots from downtown, Nebraska made 13 out of 28 tries (46.4%). When the game finished, the Cornhuskers went 24 out of 56 from the field which gave them a rate of 42.9%. The Cornhuskers allowed the Terrapins to bury 29 out of 61 tries from the floor which left them shooting 47.5% in this matchup. They went 39.4% from three-point range by going 13 out of 33 and ended up going 8 of 12 from the charity stripe (66.7%). In relation to cleaning up the glass, Nebraska permitted Maryland to collect 30 overall (7 offensive).
Teddy Allen ended up being a major contributor for the Cornhuskers for the contest. He buried 8 out of 14 in this contest for a rate of 57.1%, which got him 25 points. Allen snagged 5 rebounds in his 32 minutes played and totaled 3 dimes for the matchup. An additional guy who was a determining factor for Nebraska was Lat Mayen. He totaled 13 points in his 33 minutes on the hardwood via 4 out of 8 shooting in this game. Mayen wrapped this one up going 50.0% from the field as well as totaling 2 dimes and 6 boards.
Who will win tonight's college basketball game against the spread?
Tony Sink's Pick: Take Purdue (-7.5)
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