Purdue Boilermakers vs Rutgers Scarlet Knights Prediction, 12/9/2021 College Basketball Picks, Best Bets & Odds
Game: Purdue Boilermakers vs Rutgers Scarlet Knights
Date: Thursday, December 9, 2021
Location: Jersey Mike's Arena in Piscataway, NJ
The Purdue Boilermakers (8-0) are on their way to Jersey Mike's Arena on Thursday where they will attempt to beat the Rutgers Scarlet Knights (4-4).
The Purdue Boilermakers played Iowa and notched a win by a score of 77-70 in their last game. Purdue wrapped up the game having earned a 42.0% field goal percentage (21 out of 50) and converted 8 out of their 19 3-pointers. At the charity stripe, the Boilermakers made 27 of 37 attempts for a percentage of 73.0%. When it comes to pulling down rebounds, they earned 40 with 8 of them being offensive. They also doled out 14 assists for the contest as well as forcing the opposition into 9 turnovers and having 5 steals. When discussing defense, Purdue let their opponent shoot 40.3% from the floor on 25 of 62 shooting. Iowa doled out 12 dimes and had 6 steals for this contest. Moreover, Iowa snagged 27 rebounds (5 offensive, 22 defensive), but wasn't able to record a block. Iowa finished shooting 68.2% at the free throw line by burying 15 of their 22 attempts. They converted 5 out of their 21 shots from long range. Concerning fouls, the Boilermakers left the arena with 18 while Iowa totaled 29 fouls.
Jaden Ivey is one guy who had an impact for this game. He walked away with 19 points on 7 out of 13 shooting. He saw the court for 29 minutes and also totaled 2 rebounds. He finished the contest at 53.8% from the field and also dished out 2 assists.
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Purdue heads into this matchup with a mark of 8-0 this season. They lose possession via turnover 13.0 times per game and as a unit they are committing 13.5 personal fouls per contest. As a team, Purdue is pulling down 42.5 rebounds per contest and has totaled 152 assists on the year, which ranks 23rd in the nation in terms of passing the ball. The Boilermakers are hitting 44.0% on shots from distance (84 of 191) and 75.6% from the free throw line. They are averaging 90.5 pts per contest (4th in college basketball) while shooting 53.1% from the floor.
When they are on defense, the Boilermakers are able to force 10.8 turnovers every game while drawing 19.6 personal fouls. They currently rank 124th in the country in giving up assists with 97 surrendered on the campaign. The Boilermakers defense is allowing a shooting percentage of 38.6% (192 of 497) and they concede 27.0 rebounds per game as a basketball team. They are giving up 29.6% on shots from downtown while they are 106th in college hoops in points per game allowed (64.9).
For their last game, the Rutgers Scarlet Knights took a defeat with a final score of 86-51 when they played Illinois. The Scarlet Knights were able to pull down 16 defensive rebounds and 11 offensive boards for a total of 27 in this matchup. They coughed up the ball 13 times, while recording 5 steals in this contest. Illinois had 10 fouls in this matchup which got the Scarlet Knights to the charity stripe for 4 attempts. They were able to knock down 2 of the free throw tries for a percentage of 50.0%. With regard to shots from downtown, Rutgers converted 7 out of 17 tries (41.2%). In all, the Scarlet Knights went 21 for 68 from the floor which had them shooting 30.9%. The Scarlet Knights allowed Illinois to make 32 of 66 tries from the field which had them shooting 48.5% for this contest. They finished 36.4% from downtown by connecting on 12 of 33 and ended up shooting 10 out of 11 at the charity stripe (90.9%). When it comes to cleaning up the glass, Rutgers permitted Illinois to grab 45 in total (12 offensive).
Jaden Jones ended up having an impact for the Scarlet Knights for the contest. He totaled 10 points in his 27 minutes on the court and accounted for 1 assist for the contest. He made 4 out of 14 for this contest giving him a rate of 28.6%, and totaled 5 rebounds.
Rutgers has a mark of 4-4 on the season. The Scarlet Knights are committing 13.9 fouls every game and they hit 66.2% from the charity stripe. Their rate of dishing out assists is at 15.0 times per contest (84th in the country) and they lose possession via turnover 10.4 times per game. Rutgers has 525 points this year (65.6 per contest) and they grab 39.4 boards per contest. On the offensive side of the ball, the Scarlet Knights are hitting on 39.4% from the field, which is ranked 327th in the country.
The Scarlet Knights defensively are ranked 129th in D-1 in PPG allowed with 65.9. They are forcing their opponents into 12.1 turnovers on a nightly basis and allow teams to shoot 40.8% from the field (122nd in D-1). The Rutgers defense allows 34.7% on shots from 3-point land (68 of 196) and opponents are converting on 68.9% of their shots from the free throw line. They have conceded 13.0 dimes and 36.9 boards on a nightly basis, which is ranked 220th and 265th in the country.
Who will win tonight's NCAA basketball game against the spread?
Guy Bruhn's Pick: Take Rutgers
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