Rutgers Scarlet Knights vs Purdue Boilermakers Prediction, 3/10/2023 College Basketball Picks, Best Bets & Odds
Game: Rutgers Scarlet Knights vs Purdue Boilermakers
Date: Friday, March 10, 2023
Location: United Center in Chicago, IL
Odds/Point Spread: Rutgers (+6)
The Purdue Boilermakers (26-5) will try to defeat the Rutgers Scarlet Knights (18-13) at United Center on Friday. Purdue opens this matchup as 6-point favorites. The total is set at 127.5.
The Rutgers Scarlet Knights stepped onto the hardwood against Northwestern and walked away from this one with a loss by a score of 65-53 in their last game. Rutgers walked away from the contest with a 36.4% field goal percentage (20 out of 55) and converted 2 out of their 17 3-point attempts. From the free throw line, the Scarlet Knights converted 11 of 21 shots for a percentage of 52.4%. With regard to rebounding, they earned 30 with 9 of them being of the offensive variety. They also dished out 11 dimes for the contest in addition to forcing the opposition into 16 turnovers and earning 10 steals. With respect to defense, Rutgers allowed 45.3% from the floor on 24 of 53 shooting. Northwestern recorded 13 assists and had 10 steals for this contest. Moreover, Northwestern snagged 39 boards (11 offensive, 28 defensive), but wasn't able to record a rejection. Northwestern finished 58.8% when shooting free throws by burying 10 of their 17 attempts. They converted 7 of their 23 shots from 3-point land. In the matter of fouls, the Scarlet Knights walked away with 19 and Northwestern totaled 18 fouls.
Clifford Omoruyi is a player who came through for the contest. He finished the contest at 58.3% from the floor but finished the game without a dime. He saw the court for 34 minutes and also grabbed 6 boards. He totaled 14 points on 7 of 12 shooting.
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Rutgers will enter this contest with a win-loss mark of 18-13 for the year. They are turning it over 11.6 times per contest and as a unit are committing 15.6 personal fouls per contest. As a unit, Rutgers is collecting 37.3 rebounds per contest and has earned 464 dimes so far this year, which has them ranked 79th in Division 1 in terms of passing the ball. The Scarlet Knights are hitting 31.9% on shots from distance (176 of 551) and 70.1% from the charity stripe. They currently have an average of 68.2 points per game (274th in the nation) on 43.0% from the floor.
When they are on the defensive end, the Scarlet Knights are forcing their opponents into 14.5 turnovers per game while drawing 16.1 personal fouls. They are currently ranked 105th in the nation in allowing assists to their opponents with 370 surrendered on the season. The Scarlet Knights are giving up a FG percentage of 39.3% (667 of 1,697) and they surrender 34.4 rebounds per contest as a team. They are giving up 30.3% on 3-pointers and they are ranked 7th in college hoops in PPG allowed (60.4).
The last time they took the hardwood, the Purdue Boilermakers walked away with a victory by a final of 76-71 when they played Illinois. When discussing how they rebounded, Purdue allowed Illinois to grab 28 in total (10 offensive). They shot 31.8% from beyond the arc by going 7 out of 22 and finished the contest at 16 of 24 from the charity stripe (66.7%). The Boilermakers permitted Illinois to bury 24 out of their 50 tries from the field which had them at 48.0% in the matchup. Overall, the Boilermakers went 25 out of 53 from the field which had them sitting at 47.2%. Pertaining to shots from distance, Purdue made 6 out of 18 tries (33.3%). They were able to make 20 of those for a percentage of 71.4%. Illinois was called for 23 fouls for this contest which got the Boilermakers to the charity stripe for 28 shots. They gave up possession of the ball 11 times, while recording 11 steals for the matchup. The Boilermakers pulled down 16 defensive rebounds and 12 offensive rebounds totaling 28 for this game.
Brandon Newman ended up being a factor for the Boilermakers for the matchup. He totaled 19 points in his 34 minutes on the hardwood and accumulated 5 assists in this game. He made 5 of 10 in this contest for a field goal percentage of 50.0%, and tallied 6 rebounds.
Purdue has a record of 26-5 on the campaign. When it comes to offense, the Boilermakers are shooting 46.1% from the field, which is ranked 87th in college basketball. Purdue has accumulated 2,268 pts this season (73.2 per contest) and they pull in 38.7 rebounds per game. They are assisting teammates 15.3 times per contest (42nd in the nation) and they are losing possession via turnover 11.2 times per contest. The Boilermakers are committing 13.5 fouls every game and they hit 74.7% from the free throw line.
The Boilermakers defensively are ranked 21st in D-1 in PPG surrendered with 62.5. They are able to force 10.1 turnovers on a nightly basis and have allowed teams to shoot 41.7% from the floor (64th in D-1). The Purdue defense allows 31.1% on shots from distance (195 of 628) and their opposition makes 73.1% of their free throw attempts. They concede 12.2 assists and 27.6 total rebounds per game, which is ranked 141st and 1st in those categories on the defensive end.
Who will win tonight's NCAA basketball game against the spread?
Tony Sink's Pick: Take Rutgers (+6)
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