NCAA Basketball Betting: Purdue at Penn State

December 1, 2010 NCAA Basketball

NCAA basketball betting favors Purdue on Saturday as they travel to face Penn State.

The Boilermakers are no longer in contention for a top seed in the NCAA Tournament but they still could get a #2 seed.  Those making a college basketball bet will probably lean to the Boilermakers considering they have had some success in this series against the Nittany Lions.

NCAA basketball betting has seen Purdue win seven of the last ten against Penn State and they are 6-4 against the spread.  Purdue routed Penn State in late January by a score of 66-46.  That was when they had Robbie Hummel though so that is something to keep in mind.  Purdue has not looked nearly as good without Hummel. The Boilermakers can still gain a share of the Big 10 title with a win at Penn State but it really doesn’t matter since Ohio State has already locked up the #1 seed in next week’s Big 10 Tournament.

Purdue has not been a great team against the NCAA basketball betting odds this season.  They are nothing special on the road either as they are 4-5 vs. the NCAA basketball betting number in road games.   The Boilermakers are tough on defense as they are 26th in the country but they can struggle to score on offense and that is even more the case without Hummel in the lineup.  It may not matter in this game though against a weak Penn State team that has really struggled against the number at home.

Penn State and Purdue have actually split their last four meetings at Penn State and the Nittany Lions won the last meeting 67-64 last season. The Nittany Lions this season have actually been a much better college basketball bet in road games than when they are at home. They are a very weak 4-9 against the NCAA basketball betting point spread in home games this season. The Nittany Lions have Taylor Battle and not much else. Their defense is nothing special and their offense is terrible. 

Even though Purdue doesn’t have Hummel they are favored in this game against Penn State. There simply is not a lot to like about Penn State.  The only two positives would be that it is the last game at home for Penn State this season and Purdue could be looking ahead to next week’s Big 10 Tournament.

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