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No. 1 Purdue @ Rutgers

Current Records: Purdue 8-0; Rutgers 4-4

What to Know

After a three-game homestand, the #1 Purdue Boilermakers will be on the road. Purdue and the Rutgers Scarlet Knights will face off in a Big Ten battle at 7 p.m. ET Thursday at Jersey Mike's Arena. The Boilermakers haven't won a game against RU since Jan. 15 of 2019, but they'll be looking to end the drought.

Purdue beat the Iowa Hawkeyes 77-70 last week. The top scorer for Purdue was guard Jaden Ivey (19 points).

Meanwhile, there's no need to mince words: RU lost to the Illinois Fighting Illini last Friday, and they lost bad. The score wound up at 86-51. Guard Paul Mulcahy just could not get things rolling his way, finishing with only four points on 2-for-11 shooting in his 26 minutes on the court.

The Boilermakers are the favorite in this one, with an expected 12-point margin of victory. Those burned by picking them against the spread last Friday might want to keep in mind that the team has not yet dropped back-to-back games against the spread this season.

Purdue is now a perfect 8-0 while the Scarlet Knights sit at 4-4. A pair of offensive stats to keep in the back of your head while watching: Purdue ranks second in college basketball when it comes to points per game, with 90.5 on average. Less enviably, RU has only been able to knock down 39.40% percent of their shots, which is the 18th lowest field goal percentage in college basketball. So the cards are definitely stacked against RU.

How To Watch

  • When: Thursday at 7 p.m. ET
  • Where: Jersey Mike's Arena -- Piscataway, New Jersey
  • TV: Big Ten Network
  • Online streaming: fuboTV (Try for free. Regional restrictions may apply.)
  • Follow: CBS Sports App
  • Ticket Cost: $29.99


The Boilermakers are a big 12-point favorite against the Scarlet Knights, according to the latest college basketball odds.

The oddsmakers were right in line with the betting community on this one, as the game opened as a 12-point spread, and stayed right there.

Over/Under: -110

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Series History

Purdue have won six out of their last nine games against Rutgers.

  • Dec 29, 2020 - Rutgers 81 vs. Purdue 76
  • Mar 07, 2020 - Rutgers 71 vs. Purdue 68
  • Jan 28, 2020 - Rutgers 70 vs. Purdue 63
  • Jan 15, 2019 - Purdue 89 vs. Rutgers 54
  • Mar 02, 2018 - Purdue 82 vs. Rutgers 75
  • Feb 03, 2018 - Purdue 78 vs. Rutgers 76
  • Jan 03, 2018 - Purdue 82 vs. Rutgers 51
  • Feb 14, 2017 - Purdue 74 vs. Rutgers 55
  • Jan 18, 2016 - Purdue 107 vs. Rutgers 57