The Purdue Boilermakers are in sole possession of second place in the Big Ten Conference standings and will look to gain ground on the league-leading Wisconsin Badgers on Sunday when they travel to New Jersey to face the Rutgers Scarlett Knights.
Purdue Boilermakers (-10, 140.5) vs. Rutgers Scarlett Knights
Purdue has fielded one of the most consistent cores in the nation this season, exceeding 70 points in 19 of its 20 games this season with at least 78 points in 13 of its last 15 games.
Overall, the Boilermakers rank third in the nation in points scored on a per-possession basis but will face one of their toughest tests on offense with a Rutgers team that ranks 11th in points allowed on a per-possession basis.
Rutgers has surrendered at least 73 points in five of its six games in the month of January and is allowing 13.5 points more per 100 possessions than in both November and December.
At the center of Rutgers’ defensive issues has been allowing second chance points — allowing opponents to grab offensive rebounds over 28.2% of the time, which ranked 217th nationally entering Saturday.
The problems on the boards will be exposed by a Purdue team that has Wooden Award favorite, Zach Edey, spearheading a unit that grabs offensive rebounds 36.2% of the time when playing on the road, good for 10th in the nation.
Along with Purdue’s interior dominance, the team also ranks third in 3-point shooting percentage at 40.6% with all but one of its top six scorers shooting at least 42.6% from 3-point range.
While the Rutgers offense has had issues all season long, it does get to face a Purdue defense that has not been the same on the road, allowing 14.4 points more per 100 possessions in a road or neutral court environment compared to playing at home.
After Purdue ranked 341st in possessions per game last season, it went up to 114th this season and with Rutgers playing faster than previous seasons at 107th in total possessions per game, it should lead to another impressive display of offense on Sunday.
The Play: Purdue vs. Rutgers Over 140.5