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1/31 Big Ten Preview: Purdue Looks to Stay Hot at Penn State

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Back in the AP Top 25, Purdue is back to being Purdue.

NCAA Basketball: Michigan State at Purdue Brian Spurlock-USA TODAY Sports

On January 8th, Purdue lost to Michigan State 77-59. January 27th? The Boilermakers extended their winning streak to five after throttling Michigan State 73-63, where they led as much as 23 in the second half.

January 28th Purdue got back into the AP Top 25 for the first time since November. Now, they travel to a winless Penn State team in conference play, losing seven straight since non-conference play.

You can preview this game below:

Game of the Night

- #17 Purdue Boilermakers at Penn State Nittany Lions

  • Time/TV: 7:00 PM ET
  • Spread: Penn State (+7)

Matt Painter finally has the Boilermakers clicking, with Carsen Edwards leading the charge. Edwards is averaging 24.2 points per game and 3.5 assists per game, with the turnovers per game (3.2) trending downwards. Having a point guard, who can manage a game so well, like that in the Big Ten is the key to closing out games.

For Penn State they’ve had some close games, but have always been on the outside looking in talent wise. Lamar Stevens is having a good year, but not quite the one some were expecting. Pat Chambers looks to be on the hot seat in another down-year for the Nittany Lions.

Penn State at home keeps it within reaching distance in the first half, but Edwards and the Boilermakers run away with it in the end.

  • Pick Against the Spread: Purdue