Purdue vs Rutgers Prediction, Odds & Picks for January 2 (Boilermakers Stay Perfect in Competitive Big Ten Tilt)

Purdue vs Rutgers Prediction, Odds & Picks for January 2 (Boilermakers Stay Perfect in Competitive Big Ten Tilt)


Purdue vs Rutgers Game Info

  • 2022-23 NCAA Basketball Regular Season Game
  • No. 1 Purdue (13-0, 2-0 Big Ten) vs. Rutgers (9-4, 1-1 Big Ten)
  • Date: Monday, January 2, 2023
  • Time: 7:00 PM ET
  • Venue: Mackey Arena -- West Lafayette, Indiana

Monday, Jan. 2's NCAA college basketball schedule includes a massive Big Ten matchup between the No. 1 Purdue Boilermakers and Rutgers Scarlet Knights.

The top team in the country, Purdue's recent 82-49 victory over Florida A&M marked the Boilermakers' 12th straight win to open the campaign. Meanwhile, Rutgers also has some momentum due to its three-game winning streak, most recently defeating Coppin State 90-57 on Dec. 30.

Can Purdue remain perfect when all is said and done? Or will Rutgers pull off an upset in this Big Ten clash?

Purdue vs Rutgers Odds & Spread

Purdue enters this contest as the clear favorite on the moneyline and spread per FanDuel Sportsbook's odds. This 7 p.m. ET clash also features an over/under of 131.5 points, which is one of the lowest of Monday's totals.

Purdue vs Rutgers Betting Trends

  • Purdue has four wins in 13 games against the spread this year.
  • The Boilermakers have one win ATS (1-9) as a 7.5-point favorite or greater this year.
  • Out of 13 Purdue's games so far this season, four have gone over the total.
  • Rutgers' record against the spread is 9-4-0.
  • Out of Rutgers' 13 games so far this year, six have hit the over.
Purdue Rank Purdue AVG Rutgers AVG Rutgers Rank
79th 77.2 Points Scored 73.1 168th
19th 60.5 Points Allowed 54.5 4th
3rd 39.3 Rebounds 36.7 32nd
18th 11.8 Off. Rebounds 10.3 71st
238th 7 3pt Made 5.6 328th
59th 15.5 Assists 16 43rd
11th 9.7 Turnovers 11.9 128th

Best College Basketball Picks - Purdue vs Rutgers

After losing four straight games to Rutgers, Purdue finally get the better of its rival with an 84-72 victory back in February 2022. The victory helped the Boilermakers to improve to 6-1 straight up over the Scarlet Knights when the former is the only ranked team in the matchup.

As for tonight, I like Purdue's chances of beating Rutgers again. For starters, Rutgers has shown some struggles on the road. On top of being 1-4 in their last five away games, the Scarlet Knights have lost five of their last six road games against the Boilermakers.

Furthermore, Rutgers owns a minus-4.7 scoring margin on the road this season, whereas Purdue sits at a plus-21.0 mark at Mackey Arena. Considering how the Boilermakers have also outscored the Red Knights by an average of 16.4 points in the last five games played in West Lafayette, it's safe to say that Purdue's undefeated streak will continue after tonight's action.

Final Score Prediction: Purdue: 72 | Rutgers: 68

Purdue vs Rutgers Picks

Although I predict that Purdue will win, I don't see the 9.5-point spread being covered. After all, the Boilermakers have been terrible against the spread. They're 0-7 ATS in their last seven games, 0-6 ATS in their last six outings at home and 0-9 ATS in their last nine Big Ten matchups.

Meanwhile, Rutgers is at least 5-1 ATS in its last six games while also covering the spread in 16 of its last 20 Monday matchups. With the Scarlet Knights also owning the fifth-best scoring margin overall (plus-18.5), I can see them keeping this closer than expected.

Bet: Rutgers +9.5 (-115)

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