Rutgers at Purdue 1/15/19 - College Basketball Picks & Predictions

Last Updated: 08/21/2019 at 11:22 AM ET

The Rutgers Scarlet Knights visit Mackey Arena in West Lafayette, Indiana on Tuesday for a Big Ten showdown with the Purdue Boilermakers. Rutgers fell to 8-7 on the season following an 88-70 loss to the Minnesota Golden Gophers on Saturday. Myles Johnson scored 13 points to lead Rutgers in the loss, while Geo Baker scored 13 as well, but Rutgers played without its leading scorer and rebounder Eugene Omoruyi due to a knee injury and who is out indefinitely.

Purdue improved to 10-6 for the season following its 84-80 win over Wisconsin on Friday. The Boilermakers were led by Carsen Edwards with 36 points. Edwards hit 6 3-pointers on the night. The Boilermakers made just 17 of 30 shots from the foul line, but in overtime came up big hitting 8 of 12. Eugene Omoruyi is the leading scorer and leading rebounder for Rutgers with averages of 14.6 points and 7.5 rebounds per game. Geo Baker is second in scoring and first in assists with averages of 13.2 points and 4.5 assists per game. Rutgers is shooting 40.9% from the field and 30.6% from 3-point territory.

Carsen Edwards leads Purdue in scoring with an average of 25.3 points per game. Grady Eifert is the leading rebounder with an average of 5.1 per game, while Ryan Cline leads the team in assists with an average of 3.5 per game. Purdue is shooting 45.0% from the field and 36.6% from 3-point territory.

Purdue has had its share of problems covering the number. The Boilermakers have failed to cover 21 of the last 32 at home, 18 of the last 25 versus an opponent with a winning record straight up and 15 of the last 18 versus Big Ten opponents. Rutgers on the other hand has covered 6 of its last 7 versus Big Ten teams. Final Score Prediction, Purdue Boilermakers win but fall short ATS 75-64.

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