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Tuesday's Big 10 Tips

College basketball betting gets an early start on Tuesday night with the first of two interesting matchups in the Big Ten.

Right out of the gate, the No. 13 Penn State Nittany Lions will be on the road against the Purdue Boilermakers. Later Tuesday night as the featured showdown on ESPN, the Michigan State Spartans will be in Champaign to face the No. 22 Illinois Fighting Illini.

No. 13 Penn State Nittany Lions at Purdue Boilermakers
(Big Ten Network, 6:30 p.m. ET)

Opening Odds: Purdue -4.5, Total 134.5
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Betting Matchup

The Lions are tied for second place in the Big Ten standings at 8-4 straight-up with an overall record of 18-5. They have won their last six games SU while going 5-0-1 against the spread with Saturday’s 83-77 home victory against Minnesota. That game ended as a PUSH with the total going OVER 138 ½ points. It had stayed UNDER in Penn State’s previous four outings.

Lamar Stevens scored a career-high 33 points in Saturday’s win. The senior forward leads the team in scoring this season with 17.6 points per game.

Purdue is halfway down the conference standings at 7-6 SU. With Saturday’s 74-62 road win at Indiana as a three-point favorite, the current SU winning streak reached three games. The Boilermakers (14-10 SU, 11-13 ATS) are 8-4 ATS at home this season. The total has gone OVER in five of their last six games.

Purdue is averaging 69.0 PPG with five players scoring at least nine points a game. It improves to No. 10 in the nation on defense when it comes to points allowed (60.8).

Betting Trends

-- The Lions are 9-0-1 ATS in their last 10 February games and the total has stayed UNDER in four of their last five road games.

-- The Boilermakers have a SU 18-2 record over their last 20 home games but they have failed to cover in five of their last six games on a Tuesday.

-- Purdue has a 9-1 SU record in its last 10 games against Penn State but the Lions are 4-1 ATS in the last five meetings. The total has gone OVER in the last four games between the two.

Michigan State Spartans at No. 22 Illinois Fighting Illini
(ESPN, 9 p.m. ET)

Opening Odds: Michigan State -1.5, Total 141.5
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Betting Matchup

The Spartans slipped out of the latest AP Top 25 with three losses (SU and ATS) in their last three games. The latest setback was Saturday’s 77-68 road loss to rival Michigan as three-point favorites. Michigan State (16-8 SU, 11-13 ATS) has failed to cover in five of its last eight games with the total staying UNDER or ending as a PUSH in seven of those contests. It is now 8-5 SU in Big Ten play.

The Spartans have failed to cross the 70-point mark in seven of their last eight games as opposed to a 75.9-point scoring average on the year.

Illinois has dropped its last two games SU and ATS with last Friday’s 75-66 setback against Maryland as a three-point home favorite. It is still tied for second place in the conference at 8-4 SU. One of those losses was against Michigan State on Jan. 2. The Fighting Illini (16-7 SU, 11-10-1 ATS) came up way short as 10-point road underdogs in the 76-56 loss.

The total went OVER 131 points in the loss to Maryland after staying UNDER in four of their previous six games. Illinois is averaging 73.8 PPG.

Betting Trends

-- The Spartans have failed to cover in six of seven previous road games this season. They are 1-4 ATS in their last five February games.

-- The Fighting Illini are 7-1 SU in their last eight home games but 6-6-1 ATS in 13 games at home this season. The total has stayed UNDER in 10 of their last 15 games overall.

-- With the earlier win this season (SU and ATS), Michigan State has carved out a slight 6-4 edge both ways against Illinois over the past 10 meetings. The total has gone OVER in three of the last five meetings.

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