The Purdue Boilermakers certainly have had an up-and-down season, but the constant for this team is its performance at home.
The Boilermakers are 8-4 against the spread at home and rank seventh in the country in offensive efficiency in West Lafayette. On the road, Purdue is 3-8-1 against the spread and 304th in the country in offensive efficiency. The only team with a larger points-per-possession difference home vs. road is Indiana.
When Penn State visits Mackey Arena on Tuesday night, it will look to push the tempo. The Nittany Lions rank 52nd in the country in possessions per game to the Boilermakers’ 326th.
For Purdue, winning the battle on the glass will go a long way toward dictating tempo. Purdue ranks 46th in rebound rate to Penn State’s 126th, which should help the Boilermakers get their style.
Purdue is desperate for wins to continue to improve their résumé for March. The Boilermakers have covered the spread in 67.3 percent of their home games since the beginning of the 2016-17 season, when these seniors were freshmen, and should be able to get the job done again.
The play: Purdue, -4.