The Penn State Nittany Lions host the Purdue Boilermakers on Friday night in a Big Ten Conference showdown. It’s rare to see a Big Ten matchup without a Top 25 team, but that is the case in this game.
Penn State has gone just 5-11 in conference action, and they are just 8-12 overall. The Nittany Lions just snapped a rough four-game losing streak with a win over Nebraska.
Purdue Boilermakers Betting Preview: Purdue Wants to Defend
The Purdue Boilermakers have plenty of young talent on the roster, but this team wants to win games with their defense. Purdue is allowing just 66 points per game, and that has come against some great opponents in the Big Ten Conference.
Purdue is only averaging 70 points per game, but they managed to score 80 against Penn State in the first meeting of the season. Forward Trevion Williams leads the way with 16.0 points per game, and he is actually the only player in double-figures.
This Purdue team could make some serious noise in March, especially on the defensive end. Head coach Matt Painter knows how to get the job done late in the season.
Penn State Nittany Lions Betting Preview: Penn State Must Make Shots
Penn State is averaging over 73 points per game, which is good, but they are allowing over 74 points a night to their opponents. The Nittany Lions just haven’t been able to get enough stops when needed, and defending the paint will be a big key in this game.
The Nittany Lions are shooting better than 34 percent from the three-point line this season, but they are a streaky team. Penn State is lead by guard Myron Jones and his 15.6 points per game, and he will need to have another big game on Friday night.
Boilermakers vs. Nittany Lions Betting Odds & Lines
It’s not very often that you see a Big Ten Conference team as an underdog when playing on their home floor. Penn State just hasn’t done enough to warrant being a favorite, and Purdue simply cannot be viewed as the underdog in this matchup.
BetOnline has the Purdue Boilermakers as slight one-point road favorites over the Penn State Nittany Lions.
Free Betting Pick
Winning on the road in the Big Ten Conference is always a challenge, and Penn State has played well on their home floor. The Nittany Lions have not been playing their best basketball of the season, though, and that will allow Purdue to pick up the win.
The Boilermakers are an NCAA Tournament team, but they are looking to stack up some wins in order to earn a better seed. Purdue will find a way to get it done on Friday night with a comfortable win over Penn State.
Spooky Express Free Pick: Purdue Boilermakers -1.0