Purdue at Penn State Betting Odds, Pick & TV Info

Posted by Peter Boysen on February 20, 2017 in

The #16 Purdue Boilermakers venture out on the road to face the Penn State Nittany Lions in a Big Ten conference matchup. Purdue (22-5, 11-3 Big Ten) has put together a nice five-game winning streak since taking an ugly road loss at Nebraska, most recently wiping the floor with Michigan State on Saturday, 80-63. Penn State (14-13, 6-8 Big Ten) followed up a home upset of then-#21 Maryland and a win at Illinois with a 16-point loss at Nebraska last Tuesday. The college basketball season is heating up, so don’t miss any of our college basketball odds.

Purdue at Penn State Betting Odds, Pick & TV Info

When: Tuesday, February 21, 2017, 6:00pm ET
Where: Bryce Jordan Center, University Park, PA
TV: Big Ten Network
Stream: BTN2GO
RadioPurdue / Penn State

Why should you bet on the Boilermakers?

Purdue has ridden tough inside play all the way to the top spot in the Big Ten rankings, with forward Caleb Swanigan and center Isaac Haas making the difference. In their win over Michigan State, Swanigan put up 24 points and 15 boards, notching his 23rd double-double in 27 games for the Boilermakers this season. Haas chipped in 18 points — and the two big men combined to go 11 for 12 from the charity stripe. Swanigan has already beaten the Purdue school record for rebounds in a season — at the end of the Michigan State game he had 352 — so that will keep growing with each board he pulls down between now and the Big Ten tournament. Purdue’s weakness is on the outside, as they don’t have the same athleticism at the guard position as some of their opponents, but they have made the most of a solid interior.

Why should you put your money on the Nittany Lions?

Penn State returns home after an ugly loss at Nebraska. The Nittany Lions had picked up some momentum with two fairly big wins, but then Nebraska came out red-hot, shooting 63 percent from the floor in the first half. They would end up shooting 55.4 percent for the whole game. Penn State was slow on their defensive rotations and did not show much energy on the offensive end of the floor. If you like Penn State against to take down another ranked team at home, then you think they will bring a game more like what they gave Maryland at home three games ago.

Betting Pick and Final Score Prediction

Purdue looks like the real deal, at least as far as Big Ten competition goes. I’m not sure how they will fare in the Big Dance, against some teams that can bring athleticism at the guard position, but none of the teams in the Big Ten have been able to push them much — their losses have been more to do with their own lapses rather than what other teams have brought. I like them to beat Penn State on the road, 71-64.