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Rutgers vs Purdue Prediction and College Basketball Betting Picks

In a Big Ten college basketball matchup today, the Rutgers Scarlet Knights are taking on the Purdue Boilermakers at Mackey Arena. Let’s take a look at the top college basketball betting odds, picks, betting trends and KenPom Rankings, then give our Rutgers vs Purdue prediction for the game today. 

Rutgers vs Purdue Game Info

Rutgers Scarlet Knights (16-9, 10-5 Big Ten) vs. No. 5 Purdue Boilermakers (23-4, 12-4 Big Ten)
Date: Sunday, February 20, 2022
Time: 5:30 PM EST
Venue: Mackey Arena — West Lafayette, IN
Coverage: FS1

Rutgers vs Purdue Prediction and College Basketball Betting Picks
Credit: Jamie Rhodes/USA TODAY Sports

Rutgers vs Purdue College Basketball Betting Picks and Odds

All college basketball betting odds for Rutgers vs Purdue can be found at BetUS Sportsbook.

Moneyline: RUTG: (+580) | PUR: (-780)
Point Spread: RUTG: +12.5 (-110) | PUR: -12.5 (-110)
Total: 138.5 — Over: (-110) | Under: (-110)

Rutgers vs Purdue College Basketball Betting Preview

How this team lost three straight to DePaul, Lafayette, and UMass earlier this season is beyond all comprehension. The Scarlet Knights had one of the easiest non-conference schedules in the country and limped into Big Ten play with a 6-4 record. They have now won four straight. All four games came against a ranked opponent with one of them on the road at #15 Wisconsin. Rutgers is playing some of their best basketball but have their toughest test yet in a road matchup against Purdue. Can they recreate the magic they had earlier this season when they upset them before?

Purdue has won two straight games since a blowout loss to unranked Michigan. Those wins were far from convincing though as they beat Maryland and Northwestern by a combined seven points. Purdue’s offense hasn’t scored more than 70 points in more than three games which is concerning seeing they average over 82 per game on the season. With one of the toughest defenses in the Big Ten coming into town, the Boilermakers need to find their form offensively to avoid being swept by Rutgers.

KenPom Rankings

KenPom Rankings are from KenPom.com

TeamRkAdjOAdjDAdjT
Alabama20115.896.872.1
Kentucky3118.890.568.6
  • Rutgers is 5-0 against the spread (ATS) in their last five games.
  • The OVER is 8-3 in Rutgers’ last 11 road games.
  • Rutgers is 6-1 ATS in their last seven games against Purdue.
  • Purdue is 6-0 straight up in their last six home games.
  • The OVER is 10-5 in Purdue’s last 15 games.

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Rutgers vs Purdue Prediction | College Basketball Betting Picks

It’s hard to argue that Rutgers is not the hottest college basketball team right now. The run they have gone on has been nothing short of incredible and it has been thanks to solid play on both sides of the ball. Purdue on the other hand has struggled to score and has barely escaped in their last two games against far lesser opponents.

Mackey Arena is one of the toughest places to play as a road team and it might be enough to give Purdue the edge. With everything we’ve seen recently from these two teams, however, this spread is way too large. Rutgers won the last meeting and it wouldn’t be surprising if they won again. Take the safer pick though for Rutgers to cover.

Our college basketball betting Rutgers vs Purdue prediction tonight will be Rutgers covers the spread at BetUS

For what it’s worth, the ESPN Matchup Predictor gives Purdue a 92.7% chance to win.

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