The Purdue Boilermakers, who are ranked seventh, look to continue their domination over the Nebraska Cornhuskers when they meet in Big Ten Conference action on Friday night. The Boilermakers (13-2, 2-2) have had Nebraska’s number, winning 17 of 23 all-time meetings, including going 7-0 at Mackey Arena. Purdue has scored at least 74 points against the Cornhuskers (6-11, 0-6) in seven of the last eight meetings. Nebraska will be facing its second ranked opponent in four days, and is 0-4 against ranked opponents this season.
The game from West Lafayette, Ind., is scheduled to tip off at 6:30 p.m. ET. Nebraska is averaging 73.9 points per game, while Purdue averages 85.1. The Boilermakers are 20.5-point favorites in the latest Purdue v. Nebraska odds from Caesars Sportsbook, while the over-under for total points scored is set at 155. Before making any Nebraska vs. Purdue picks, make sure you check out the college basketball predictions and betting advice from the SportsLine Projection Model.
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Now, the model has set its sights on Nebraska vs. Purdue, and just revealed its picks and CBB predictions. You can visit SportsLine now to see the model’s picks. Here are the college basketball lines and trends for Nebraska vs. Purdue:
Purdue vs. Nebraska spread: Purdue -20.5Purdue vs. Nebraska over-under: 155 points Purdue vs. Nebraska money line: Purdue -4500, Nebraska +1500NEB: The Cornhuskers are 4-1 against the spread in their last five games overall PUR: The Boilermakers are 5-2 ATS in their last seven home games against a team with a losing road record
Why Purdue can cover
Guard Jaden Ivey (16.2 ppg) and center Zach Edey (14.9 ppg) power the offense, but they get plenty of help. Senior forward Trevion Williams is one of four Boilermakers averaging double figures at 13.5 points per game. Williams also averages 8.8 rebounds and has registered 15 steals and 12 blocks. He is a two-time Big Ten Player of the Week honoree this season. Williams is coming off a 21-point, nine-rebound performance in Saturday’s win at Penn State. For the season, he has reached double-digit scoring in 10 games with five double-doubles, including a 13-point, 18-rebound effort against Iowa on Dec. 3.
Also powering Purdue is senior guard Sasha Stefanovic, who is hitting on 41.9 percent of his 3-point attempts. Stefanovic has 178 career 3-pointers, which is 11th on the school’s 3-point list, and has had at least one 3-pointer in every game this year. His 89 made 3-pointers since the start of last year are the fourth-most in the Big Ten. For the season, he is averaging 11.3 points, four assists and 2.3 rebounds per game.
Why Nebraska can cover
Three Cornhuskers are averaging double-figure scoring, led by freshman guard Bryce McGowens. In 17 games this season, he is averaging 15.9 points, 5.5 rebounds and 1.6 assists, and is connecting on 83.3 percent of his foul shots. McGowens, who is third nationally among all true freshmen in scoring, has reached double figures in seven consecutive games dating back to Dec. 11. The three-time Big Ten Freshman of the Week scored 19 points and grabbed six rebounds on Tuesday against Illinois in an 81-71 loss.
Also powering Nebraska is senior guard Alonzo Verge Jr. The graduate transfer from Arizona State leads the Big Ten in assists (5.8) and is sixth in steals (1.5). Verge has a team-high four double-doubles and scored 14 points and had nine assists against No. 25 Illinois. Earlier this season, he scored 16 points and had a career-high 12 assists against Kennesaw State, and led the Cornhuskers with 31 points and eight rebounds against Michigan.
How to make Nebraska vs. Purdue picks
SportsLine’s model is leaning under on the total, projecting 149 combined points. It also says one side of the spread hits more than 50 percent of the time. You can only get the model’s Purdue vs. Nebraska pick at SportsLine.
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