Purdue vs. Penn State 3/11/22 - College Basketball Picks & Predictions

By: Tony G |

Last Updated: 03/11/2022 at 8:55 AM ET

Penn State University will face off against the Purdue Boilermakers on Friday for a tip off time of 9 PM Eastern. This will be the quarterfinal match up of the Big Ten championship tournament and be available on the Big Ten network. Purdue comes into this match up with a record on the season of 25–6, and are currently ranked number nine in the nation and were victorious in three out of their last five games coming against Northwestern, Rutgers, and most recently Indiana by the score of 69–67.

Penn State comes into this game with a record on the season of 14–16, and we are victorious in the second round of the Big Ten championship tournaments against the Ohio State buckeyes by the score of 71–68. Sam Sessoms scored 18 points rallying Penn State from 11 points down in the second half.

Jalen Pickett is the team leader for Penn State in points per game averaging 13.1 on the season with a field goal percentage of 41.2%, and a free-throw percentage of 75%. Jalen Pickett is also the team leader from the guard position in assists averaging 4.3 on the year and is the team leader in minutes per game averaging 37.2 on the season.

Jayden Ivey is the team leader for Purdue in points per game averaging 17.2 on the season with a field goal percentage of 45.9%, and a free throw percentage of 73.1%. Zach Edey is the team leader for Purdue in rebounds per game from the center position averaging 7.6 on the season.

The Purdue Boilermakers come into this matchup ranked number nine in the nation scoring 80.7 points per game as a team, and allowing their opponents only 68.8 points per game. Not only does Purdue have a fantastic shot to win the Big 10 championship tournament, they also have a real shot at making the final four in the big dance. Final Score Prediction: Purdue wins 84–71.

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