The seventh-ranked Purdue Boilermakers look to pick up where they left off when they take on the visiting Nebraska Cornhuskers in a key Big Ten Conference matchup on Friday night. The Boilermakers (13-2, 2-2) will be playing for the first time in six days after Tuesday’s game at Michigan was postponed due to health and safety protocols within the Wolverines’ program. Purdue defeated Penn State 74-67 on Saturday. The Cornhuskers (6-11, 0-6), who are seeking their first win at Mackey Arena in eight trips, have dropped four in a row. Purdue leads the all-time series 17-6, including wins in four of the last five matchups.
Tipoff from West Lafayette, Ind., is set for 6:30 p.m. ET. The Boilermakers are 20-point favorites in the latest Purdue vs. 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.
The SportsLine Projection Model simulates every Division I college basketball game 10,000 times. Over the past five-plus years, the proprietary computer model has generated an impressive profit of over $2,200 for $100 players on its top-rated college basketball picks against the spread. Anyone who has followed it has seen huge returns.
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 Purdue 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
Featured Game | Purdue Boilermakers vs. Nebraska Cornhuskers
Why Purdue can cover
The Boilermakers are powered by sophomore guard Jaden Ivey, who has scored in double figures in each of his last 12 games. In the win over Penn State, Ivey scored 12 points, while grabbing seven rebounds and two steals. After starting the season going 3-of-12 from 3-point range, he has been on fire, connecting on 29-of-61 in the last 12 games. For the season, Ivey is hitting on 50 percent of his field goals, including 43.8 percent from 3-point range.
Also dominating on offense is sophomore center Zach Edey, who is a 71 percent shooter from the floor, second-best in the nation. He has scored 51 points, grabbed 21 rebounds and dished out seven assists in 46 minutes over the last three games, going 20-of-29 from the field. He has shot over 60 percent from the floor in 12 of 15 games, and is 32-of-44 from the floor over the past four games. For the season, Edey averages 14.9 points, 7.4 rebounds and 1.3 assists per game. He has blocked 19 shots and has five steals.
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.
So who wins Nebraska vs. Purdue? And which side of the spread hits more than 50 percent of the time? Visit SportsLine now to see which side of the Nebraska vs. Purdue spread to jump on, all from the advanced model that is up over $2,200 on its college basketball picks the last five years, and find out.