Free NCAA Hoops Pick: Nittany Lions vs Boilermakers CBB Odds
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(20-12) Penn State Nittany Lions vs. Purdue Boilermakers (26-5)
Date: Saturday, March 3, 2018
Time: 4:30 PM ET
Venue: Breslin Center, East Lansing, MI.
CBB Moneyline Odds: OFF
CBB Betting Odds: Purdue -8
CBB Betting Total: 143.5
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Penn State Nittany Lions
After Michigan and Michigan State take the court at Madison Square Garden on Saturday afternoon, Penn State and Purdue will do battle in the other semifinal game, the winners facing off tomorrow for the Big Ten Championship.
Penn State is going to be an interesting case with the Tournament Committee if it doesn’t win this game, which would make it a likely at-large bid and give it a shot at winning an auto-bid on Sunday.
That’s because Penn State has beaten Ohio State three times this season. It’s the only major resume-boosting opponent the Nittany Lions have beaten this season and clearly they have the Buckeyes’ number.
But does the committee want diversity? If so, there are better resumes out there than Penn States and, depending on how small the bubble shrinks, the Nittany Lions might finish on the outside, looking in.
You aren’t hearing much from Purdue these days. The Boilermakers handled a feisty Rutgers team that won two games as the tournament’s 14-seed, which is the last. The Scarlet Knights beat Minnesota and then Indiana before bowing out.
It’s been all business for the Boilermakers since losing those three consecutive games, beginning with Ohio State at home and ending at the Kohl Center on Frank Kaminsky’s jersey retirement night.
Matt Painter’s team handled Penn State at home, won at Illinois and won another home game against Minnesota before the Rutgers game on Friday.
That Penn State win at home was by just three points. The Nittany Lions hit 9 of their 18 three-point attempts in the loss. PSU would like to take more threes than that, so it was a good job by Purdue to keep the ball inside the arc but you best believe they will run the shooters off the arc even more aggressively in this rematch.
Vincent Edwards didn’t play for Purdue in that game, though. He was still recovering from an injury, which is now behind him. He played played 37 minutes and scored 26 points against Rutgers in the quarterfinals.
CBB Betting Trends:
- PSU are 2-7-2 ATS in their last 11 games overall.
- PSU are 2-7-2 ATS in their last 11 vs. Big Ten.
- Under is 6-2 in PSU last 8 Sat. games.
- PUR are 7-2-1 ATS in their last 10 Sat. games.
- PUR are 19-7-1 ATS in their last 27 vs. Big Ten.
- PUR are 20-8-1 ATS in their last 29 games overall.
Free Penn State vs. Purdue NCAAB Prediction: Purdue reaches the finals.
With a healthy Vince Edwards, Purdue will be tough to beat, from now until the season finishes, whenever that is.
4* Free CBB Betting Pick: PSU ATS.
NCAAB Free Score Prediction: Penn State 71 – Purdue 77
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