Purdue at Penn State Pick, Prediction & TV Info

Purdue at Penn State Pick, Prediction & TV Info

Written by on February 20, 2017

No. 16 Purdue might be on look-ahead alert as the Boilermakers are tied with Wisconsin for the Big Ten lead and have a tough game at Michigan this weekend. Might they overlook Penn State on Tuesday? The Nittany Lions are very capable of the upset at home but will be NCAAB betting underdogs.

Purdue at Penn State Pick, Prediction & TV Info

When: Tuesday, Feb. 21, 6 PM ET Where: Bryce Jordan Center, University Park TV: Big Ten Network Opening NCAAB Lines: Purdue favored by TBA

Why Bet On Purdue?

The Boilers (22-5, 11-3) have won five straight following an impressive 80-63 home victory over Michigan State on Saturday. Star Caleb Swanigan went for 24 points, 15 rebounds and five assists (with just one turnover) and Isaac Haas totaled 18 points in just 19 minutes. “It’s just a matter of keeping it simple and scoring when we’re one-on- one and passing when we’re doubled,” Haas said. “Once again, they didn’t really double and me and Biggie had a great night in the low post. (Defenses) have to respect our shooters at some point so they have to give up something.” Swanigan and Hass were part of a Purdue effort that wound up putting 23 fouls on Michigan State against just 12 on the Boilermakers. MSU coach Tom Izzo wasn’t particularly happy about that disparity. Purdue enjoyed the advantage and maximized it, scoring 21 from the foul line on 25 attempts. The Boilermakers were in the double bonus less than halfway through the second half. Purdue has won two in a row against the Spartans for the first time since the 2010-11 season. Purdue has won five straight Big Ten regular-season games for the first time since the 2010-11 season. it’s the fifth-longest Big Ten regular-season win streak during the Painter era. Purdue is 11-3 in Big Ten play for the first time since 2010-11. Swanigan’s 23 double-doubles this season are the most for a Big Ten player in the last 30 years and is now sixth on the all-time Big Ten list, just three shy of the record. His nine straight double-doubles is the third-longest streak in school history and longest since the 1965-66 season (51 years). He has had a double-double in 17 of his last 18 games. Swanigan tied the Purdue single-season rebounds record (352) and became the first Purdue player since Brad Miller in 1997-97 to have 500 points and 300 rebounds in a season (now with 510 / 352). Swanigan now has 11, 20-10 games this year. Over his last seven games, Swanigan is averaging 14.9 rebounds per game. He will be the Big Ten Player of the Year.

Why Bet On Penn State?

The Nittany Lions (14-13, 6-8) perhaps will play in the NIT in the postseason. They are off an 82-66 loss at Nebraska. Tony Carr had 15 points and Lamar Stevens added 13 to pace Penn State, which lost for the first time in three games. The Huskers led by as many as 24 points and finished the game shooting 55.4 percent. They came into the game shooting 42.8 percent in conference games. Following his two-assist performance, Carr is nine assists from breaking the freshman single-season assist record, held by Ben Luber (114; 2003-04) “Nebraska played terrific, and it seemed like everything was going right for them,” Nittany Lions coach Patrick Chambers said. “We’re going to get back to work. No time to scream and yell. We have to keep getting this young team better, keep developing habits and teaching them now to compete on the road in a hostile environment.” Purdue beat Nittany Lions 77-52 at Mackey Arena on Jan. 21. The Boilermakers held Penn State to 27.9 percent shooting inside the 3-point arc and only allowed six trips to the free throw line. Shep Garner and Tony Carr combined for 12 points on 5 of 20 shooting. Among Big Ten Conference players, only Minnesota’s Reggie Lynch blocks more shots per game than PSU’s Mike Watkins. The freshman blocked three Purdue shots in 17 minutes in the first meeting. Reaves, a sophomore, leads all Big Ten players in steals with 2.2.

Purdue at Penn State Prediction: Purdue Boilermakers

Go with Purdue on NCAA odds. Too strong inside.