Purdue vs Rutgers Prediction: Odds, Picks, Best Bets – Friday, March 10, 2023

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The No. 9 seed Rutgers Scarlet Knights (19-13, 10-10 Big Ten) play in the Big Ten Tournament against the No. 1 seed Purdue Boilermakers (26-5, 15-5 Big Ten) on Friday at United Center, starting at 12:00 PM.

Friday’s game between the Boilermakers and the Scarlet Knights sees the Boilermakers as a solid, 7-point favorite. The over/under for the game is 127.

Purdue vs. Rutgers Odds

Point Spread for Purdue vs. Rutgers

The spread for this matchup is set at 7 points, with bookmakers listing Purdue as the favorite.

Purdue vs. Rutgers Moneyline

As for the moneyline, Purdue has -316 odds to pick up the win, while Rutgers is listed at +250 to claim victory.


Finally, the total for the game is set at 127 points.

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Game Time and How to Watch

  • Game Day: Friday, March 10, 2023
  • Game Time: 12:00 PM ET
  • TV Channel: Big Ten Network
  • Location: Chicago, Illinois
  • Arena: United Center

Purdue vs. Rutgers Betting Trends

Purdue has 12 wins against the spread in 31 games this year. The Boilermakers have been chosen as favorites in 24 games this year and have walked away with the win 21 times (87.5%) in those games. Purdue has hit the over in 40.6% of its opportunities this year (13 times over 32 games with a set point total).

Rutgers has played 32 games, with 19 wins, against the spread. The Scarlet Knights have been the moneyline underdog 11 total times this season. They’ve finished 5-6 in those games. Rutgers’ games this year have hit the over on 12 of 32 set point totals (37.5%).

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Purdue vs. Rutgers Key Players to Watch


Zach Edey puts up 21.9 points and 12.8 rebounds per contest — both team highs. He is also posting 1.5 assists, shooting 61.1% from the floor. Braden Smith paces his team in assists per contest (4.2), and also posts 10 points and 4.3 rebounds. Defensively, he posts 1.2 steals and 0.2 blocked shots. Fletcher Loyer is posting 11.6 points, 2.5 assists and 1.7 rebounds per contest. Caleb Furst is averaging 5.9 points, 0.8 assists and 5 rebounds per game.


Clifford Omoruyi leads the Scarlet Knights in scoring (13.3 points per game) and rebounding (9.8), and posts 0.9 assists. He also puts up 0.5 steals and 2.1 blocked shots. Cam Spencer is posting 12.9 points, 3.7 rebounds and 3.1 assists per game, making 44.3% of his shots from the field and 42.7% from 3-point range, with 2 treys per game. Caleb McConnell gives the Scarlet Knights 9 points, 5.6 rebounds and 3 assists per contest. He also posts 2.6 steals (sixth in college basketball) and 0.4 blocked shots. Paul Mulcahy leads the Scarlet Knights in assists (4.9 per game), and produces 8.2 points and 3.6 rebounds. He also averages 1.6 steals and 0.3 blocked shots.

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What you need to know about the Purdue Boilermakers

Purdue has put together an 8-11-1 conference record against the spread this season. The Boilermakers have been led by their defense, as they rank 20th-best in the nation by allowing just 62.5 points per game. They rank 139th in college basketball in points scored (73.2 per contest). In terms of rebounding, things are clicking for Purdue, who is averaging 36.4 boards per game (ninth-best in college basketball) and allowing 24.4 boards per contest (best).

With 6.9 threes per game, Purdue is 232nd in college basketball. It has a 32.7% shooting percentage from beyond the arc, which ranks 259th in college basketball. The Boilermakers are ceding 6.3 threes per game (63rd-ranked in college basketball). They are allowing opposing teams to shoot 31.1% (42nd-ranked) from downtown.

The Boilermakers are 4-6 against the spread and 6-4 overall over their past 10 games. Purdue has gone over the total in six of its last 10 outings. Purdue has seen a downturn in scoring recently, racking up 72.2 points per game in its last 10 contests, one point fewer than the 73.2 it has scored this season. Purdue’s defense has been more porous as of late, as the team has given up 67.1 points per game during its past 10 compared to the 62.5 points per game its opponents are averaging on the season.

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What you need to know about the Rutgers Scarlet Knights

Rutgers is 12-9-0 ATS in conference action this season. The Scarlet Knights are 277th in the nation in points scored (68 per game) and fifth-best in points allowed (60). On the boards, Rutgers is 44th in the country in rebounds (34.4 per game). It is 185th in rebounds allowed (31.1 per game).

Rutgers is 331st in the country in 3-pointers made (5.7 per game) and 309th in 3-point percentage (31.8%). In 2022-23 the Scarlet Knights are 166th in the country in 3-pointers conceded (7.1 per game) and 22nd-best in defensive 3-point percentage (30.4%).

The Scarlet Knights are 4-6 against the spread and 4-6 overall in their past 10 contests. Rutgers has hit the over twice in its past 10 contests. Rutgers has played worse offensively in its past 10 games, scoring 60.4 points per contest, 7.6 fewer points its than season average of 68. The Scarlet Knights are ceding 63.3 points per game over their previous 10 games, which is 3.3 more points than they are allowing for the season (60).

Purdue vs. Rutgers Prediction & Pick

Our pick to win this contest is Purdue, and we predict that Rutgers will cover the spread (Purdue -7). Finally, we see the scoring in this one going over the posted total of 127 points.

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How to bet Purdue vs. Rutgers

You can bet on Purdue vs. Rutgers at every legal online sportsbook. For more college basketball odds, including moneylines, spreads, over/under totals, check out the latest NCAA lines as well as our guide to the best college basketball betting sites.

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Matt Rooney

Matt comes from Chicago and has lived in the area his whole life. Graduated from and played football at Illinois Wesleyan University in Bloomington, IL while also serving as the director of student sports broadcasting. He writes for Betsperts as well as appears on several shows across the network.

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