TOM STRYKER’S FREE BASKETBALL SELECTION TUESDAY, JANUARY 28TH
#628 RUTGERS (-) over Purdue at 8 PM EST
With five of its next eight games outside the friendly confines of “The RAC”, Rutgers will go for the gusto when Purdue visits on Tuesday evening. The Scarlet Knights own a sensational 14-0 SU and 7-2 ATS record in Piscataway this season and they’ll be focused on keeping that unbeaten streak alive here.
It won’t take much for RU to get up for this Big 10 game. Head coach Steve Pikiell will simply point out the Scarlet Knights 0-9 SU record in this series and that will be more than enough to get them fired up for this revenge battle. As stated, Rutgers has found plenty of success at home lately posting a solid 38-16 SU and 23-13-2 ATS record in its last 54 games. In this spot fighting with revenge of any kind, RU cruises to a profitable 14-5 ATS including a nearly perfect 9-1 ATS provided its opponent arrives off a straight up win.
This is going to be a difficult spot for the visiting Boilermakers. In true road games, head coach Matt Painter’s boys have struggled posting a soft 15-27-2 ATS mark in their last 44 lined games. Provided PU is tackling a Big 10 foe, this team trend falls to a woeful 12-24-2 ATS mark including a disturbing 1-10 SU and 2-8-1 ATS in this situation provided the Boilers are priced as an underdog. Even worse, since February 9th, 2018, Big 10 guests hold a stiff 39-65-4 ATS record provided they are running the floor against a conference foe that arrives off a straight up win. If our “play against” road team holds a conference won/loss percentage less than .500, this Big 10 trend falls to a woeful 15-37-1 ATS. That spells trouble for the Boilermakers.
These young Scarlet Knights are ranked 12th nationally in field-goal percentage defense (37.2) and 16th in scoring (60.7 ppg) and they’ll be revved up and ready for this massive revenge opportunity. Take Rutgers. Thanks and best of luck, Tom.
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