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Purdue vs. Penn State prediction, odds, spread: 2022 college basketball picks, Jan. 8 bets from proven model

The third-ranked Purdue Boilermakers will look to get back on track when they take on the red-hot Penn State Nittany Lions in a key Big Ten Conference matchup on Saturday, Jan. 8. The Boilermakers (12-2, 1-2), who are looking for their first road win of the season, are coming off a 74-69 loss to 23rd-ranked Wisconsin on Monday night. The Nittany Lions (7-5, 2-2), who have won two straight and three of four, are coming off a 74-70 win at Northwestern on Wednesday. Penn State is looking for its second-ever win over a top-three ranked team and first on its home floor. Purdue leads the all-time series 41-13, but 10 of Penn State’s 13 wins in the series have come at home.

Tipoff from Bryce Jordan Center in State College, Pa., is set for noon ET. The Boilermakers are 8.5-point favorites in the latest Purdue vs. Penn State odds from Caesars Sportsbook, while the over-under for total points scored is set at 138.5. Before making any Purdue vs. Penn State picks, be sure to 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 almost $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 Purdue vs. Penn State, and just locked in 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 Purdue vs. Penn State:

  • Purdue vs. Penn State spread: Purdue -8.5 
  • Purdue vs. Penn State over-under: 138.5 points 
  • PUR: The Boilermakers are 4-0 against the spread in their last four Saturday games 
  • PSU: The Over is 6-1 in the Nittany Lions’ last seven games vs. a team with a winning straight-up record 

Why Purdue can cover 

The Boilermakers have four players averaging at least 11 points per game, led by sophomore guard Jaden Ivey. Ivey has scored in double figures in 13 of 14 games, including 11 in a row. He has one double-double on the year, scoring 22 points and grabbing 10 rebounds in a 93-84 win over No. 18 North Carolina on Nov. 20. He is coming off a 14-point effort in the loss to Wisconsin on Monday. For the year, Ivey is averaging 16.5 points, 4.9 rebounds, 3.1 assists and 1.2 steals per game, and is connecting on 51.7 percent of his field goals, including 44.8 percent from 3-point range.

Also giving Purdue some scoring punch is sophomore center Zach Edey, who averages 15.6 points, 7.5 rebounds, 1.4 blocks and 1.3 assists per game. He recorded a double-double on Monday against the Badgers, scoring a season-high 24 points and grabbing 10 rebounds. It was his fourth double-double of the season. Edey has reached 20 or more points five times, including in each of the past two games.

Why Penn State can cover

The Nittany Lions have four players averaging at least 10 points per game, led by junior forward Seth Lundy. Lundy is coming off a strong performance in the win at Northwestern, tying his season high for points with 23. He also scored 23 in wins over Cornell on Nov. 22 and Youngstown State on Nov. 10. Lundy has reached double digits 10 times this season and is averaging a team-high 14.8 points. He also averages six rebounds and 1.1 assists.

Fifth-year senior forward John Harrar averages a double-double, one of two Big Ten players to do so, with 10.8 points and 10.5 rebounds per game. He has reached double-figure scoring six times and has posted five double-doubles. Harrar had a season-high 16 points and 14 rebounds in the opener against Youngstown State. He earned All-Big Ten honorable mention in 2020-21 after leading the Nittany Lions with 8.8 rebounds and a 54.9 field goal percentage.

How to make Purdue vs. Penn State picks

SportsLine’s model is leaning over on the point total. It has also generated an against-the-spread pick that cashes in 60 percent of simulations. You can only get the model’s Penn State vs. Purdue pick at SportsLine. 

So who wins Purdue vs. Penn State? And which side of the spread hits in 60 percent of simulations? Visit SportsLine now to see which side of the Purdue vs. Penn State spread to jump on, all from the advanced model that is up nearly $2,200 on its college basketball picks the last five years, and find out.

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