Rutgers Scarlet Knights vs. Purdue Boilermakers, Las Vegas Odds, NCAA Basketball Betting, Picks and Prediction

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RUTGERS SCARLET KNIGHTS PURDUE BOILERMAKERS
13-13 February 14, 7:00 PM | Mackey Arena 20-5
Rutgers at Purdue, Betting Lines
When: 7:00 PM ET, Tuesday, February 14, 2017
Where: Mackey Arena, West Lafayette, Indiana
TV: 7 p.m. ET, Big Ten Network
Team / Live in game Betting at bovada-logo-top-book Spread Money Line Total
713 –Rutgers Scarlet Knights +18½ -110 +1625 Ov 135½ -110
714 –Purdue Boilermakers -18½ -110 -3250 Un 135½ -110

The fans at Mackey Arena will be treated to a game between the Rutgers Scarlet Knights and the Purdue Boilermakers when they take their seats on Tuesday.

ABOUT RUTGERS (13-13, 2-11 Big Ten): Pikiell is encouraged that seven of his squad’s last 10 games have been decided by single digits, particularly after 15 of last season’s 17 conference defeats were by double digits. The Scarlet Knights were just 10-of-22 from the free-throw line in the loss to Minnesota, continuing a season-long problem in which they shoot just 61.6 — 344th nationally out of 347 teams. Sophomore guard Corey Sanders has team-best averages of 13.1 points and 3.5 assists, while junior forward Deshawn Freeman (11.3 points, team-best 8.3 rebounds), junior guard Nigel Johnson (10.3) and junior guard Mike Williams (10 per game) also average in double figures.

ABOUT PURDUE (20-5, 9-3): Junior forward Vincent Edwards, who ranks third on the team in scoring (11.8), matched his career best of 26 points and enjoyed a superb all-around game against Indiana after being scoreless on 0-of-7 shooting against Maryland in the previous game. “I was just being active and being around the ball,” Edwards, who recorded eight rebounds, three steals and no turnovers, said after the contest. “I think I play a whole lot better when I’m active and try to play hard and don’t really worry about scoring.” Junior center Isaac Haas averages 12.8 points while shooting 57.7 percent from the field while freshman guard Carsen Edwards (11 per game) and junior point guard Dakota Mathias (10 per outing) also average in double digits.

Bovada Sportsbook currently has the Boilermakers listed as 18½-point favorites versus the Scarlet Knights, while the game’s total is sitting at 135½ according to GTBETS.

In their last action, Purdue was a 69-64 winner on the road against Hoosiers. They covered the -2-point spread as favorites.

Rutgers lost its last outing, a 72-63 result against Golden Gophers on February 11. They failed to cover in that game as a +6-point underdog.

Purdue is right on the heels of first-place Wisconsin in the Big Ten and looks to keep pressure on the Badgers when it hosts lowly Rutgers on Tuesday. The No. 16 Boilermakers have won three straight games and eight of their last 10 and are tied for second place in the conference with Maryland — one game behind Wisconsin.

National Player of the Year candidate Caleb Swanigan leads the way for Purdue with averages of 19 points and 12.8 rebounds — the latter ranks second nationally — and he tops the country with 21 double-doubles. The sophomore forward has produced seven consecutive double-doubles and contributed 16 points and 14 assists in Thursday’s 69-64 road victory over Indiana. Rutgers has dropped five of its last six games and is in last place in the 14-team conference but coach Steve Pikiell promised the Scarlet Knights will keep battling after Saturday’s 72-63 setback against Minnesota. “It doesn’t get any easier, we’re off to Purdue next,” Pikiell told reporters. “Everyone knows how good Purdue is. We’re going to go out there and fight too. I’m proud of the team’s development in that way. We have gotten better. I know what our record is, but we’re playing much better teams obviously and we’re getting better.”

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Rutgers:
Team record: 13-13 SU,10-10 ATS
Rutgers is 2-12 SU in its last 14 games
The total has gone UNDER in 11 of Rutgers’s last 15 games
Rutgers is 3-22 SU in its last 25 games on the road

Purdue:
Team record: 20-5 SU,14-7-1 ATS
Current Streak: won 3 straight games.
Purdue is 5-1-1 ATS in its last 7 games
Purdue is 6-1 SU in its last 7 games
The total has gone UNDER in 4 of Purdue’s last 6 games

Next up:
Rutgers at Northwestern Saturday, February 18
Purdue home to Michigan State Saturday, February 18

COLLEGE HOOPS UPDATES

1. Purdue leads the series 7-1 and rolled to a 107-57 victory in last season’s lone encounter.

2. The Scarlet Knights rank 340th nationally in 3-point shooting percentage (28.8).

3. Swanigan’s 320 rebounds are just 52 shy of the single-season mark set by Joe Barry Carroll in 1978-79.

Vegas Coverage pick and prediction:
Picks: Rutgers Scarlet Knights will cover the spread at +18.5 and the game will go over 135½ points, according to scamdicappers scamdicappers.com

PREDICTION: Purdue 75, Rutgers 63 at bovada-logo-top-book betnow-vegas-coverage.

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