The No. 7 Purdue Boilermakers had their game against the Michigan Wolverines postponed earlier this week, but they will get back on the floor to host the Nebraska Cornhuskers on Friday night.
The COVID issues were in Michigan’s program, so Purdue (13-2, 2-2 Big Ten) should have their full complement of players available to them. The Boilermakers followed a loss to the Wisconsin Badgers with a road win over the Penn State Nittany Lions on Saturday. Purdue can struggle defensively, but they have one of the top offenses in the entire country, led by Jaden Ivey’s 16.2 points per game.
Nebraska (6-11, 0-6 Big Ten) is still looking for victory No. 1 in conference play, and they opened 2022 with a four-game losing streak. The Cornhuskers rank outside the top 150 in adjusted offensive and defensive efficiency, and it’s tough to imagine them hanging with Purdue in what should be a significant mismatch in talent. The Cornhuskers’ top scorer is Bryce McGowens with 15.9 points per game.
When: Friday, January 14th, 6:30 p.m. ET
Where: Mackey Arena, West Lafayette, Indiana
Where to live stream online: FS1, FOX Sports App
Live updates and stats: At DraftKings Sportsbook
Spread: Purdue -20
Nebraska plays at a very fast pace with the 10th most possessions per game this season, and that’s bad news when the opponent is much better. Purdue plays slower than most teams, but their possessions will be maximized with how the Cornhuskers operate. The Boilermakers have the top-ranked offense in adjusted efficiency, and they should pull away from Nebraska in the second half.
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