The No. 1 seed Purdue Boilermakers (29-5) and the No. 16 seed Fairleigh Dickinson Knights (20-15) will meet in the opening round of the NCAA Tournament on Friday at 6:50 PM. The matchup airs on TNT.
The Boilermakers match up with the Knights in a game that Purdue is currently a colossal favorite by 23 points. A 146.5-point over/under is set for the game.
Purdue vs. Fairleigh Dickinson Odds
Point Spread for Purdue vs. Fairleigh Dickinson
The spread for this matchup is set at 23 points, with bookmakers listing Purdue as the favorite.
Purdue vs. Fairleigh Dickinson Moneyline
As for the moneyline, Purdue has -10000 odds to pick up the win, while Fairleigh Dickinson is listed at +1800 to claim victory.
Finally, the total for the game is set at 146.5 points.
Game Time and How to Watch
- Game Day: Friday, March 17, 2023
- Game Time: 6:50 PM ET
- TV Channel: TNT
- Location: Columbus, Ohio
- Arena: Nationwide Arena
Purdue vs. Fairleigh Dickinson Betting Trends
Purdue has 13 wins against the spread in 34 games this year. The Boilermakers have won in 24, or 88.9%, of the 27 contests they have been named as odds-on favorites in this year. Purdue’s games this year have gone over the point total 15 times in 33 opportunities (45.5%).
Fairleigh Dickinson has played 33 games, with 14 wins, against the spread. The Knights have been the moneyline underdog 13 total times this season. They’ve gone 6-7 in those games. Fairleigh Dickinson has hit the over 57.6% of the time this year (19 of 33 games with a set point total).
Purdue vs. Fairleigh Dickinson Key Players to Watch
Zach Edey leads the Boilermakers with 22.3 points per contest (sixth in the country) and 12.8 rebounds (third in the country), while also averaging 1.5 assists. Braden Smith paces his team in assists per contest (4.3), and also puts up 9.8 points and 4.2 rebounds. At the other end, he posts 1.2 steals and 0.2 blocked shots. Fletcher Loyer averages 10.9 points, 1.7 rebounds and 2.5 assists per game. At the other end, he delivers 0.6 steals and 0.1 blocked shots. Caleb Furst posts 5.6 points, 4.7 rebounds and 0.7 assists per contest, shooting 50.7% from the floor.
Grant Singleton gives the Knights 14.3 points, 3.7 rebounds and 3.4 assists per game. He also posts 1.9 steals and 0.1 blocked shots. The Knights receive 14.1 points, 4.8 rebounds and 1.4 assists per game from Ansley Almonor. The Knights get 6.7 points, 4.4 rebounds and 1 assists per game from Sean Moore.
What you need to know about the Purdue Boilermakers
The Boilermakers have been led by their defense, as they rank 20th-best in the country by allowing just 62.7 points per game. They rank 141st in college basketball in points scored (73.1 per contest). Purdue is playing well in terms of rebounding, as it ranks ninth-best in college basketball in boards (36.2 per game) and best in boards allowed (24.4 per contest).
With 6.9 three-pointers per game, Purdue is 231st in the nation. It sports a 32.6% shooting percentage from beyond the arc, which ranks 268th in college basketball. With 6.4 treys conceded per game, the Boilermakers rank 71st in the nation. They are allowing a 31.4% shooting percentage from beyond the arc, which ranks 52nd in college basketball.
The Boilermakers have gone 7-3 in their last 10 contests, with a 3-7 record against the spread during that span. Purdue has hit the over in five of its past 10 games. Purdue has been putting up 70.8 points per game in its last 10 times on the court, an average that’s slightly lower than the 73.1 it has scored over the course of the 2022-23 season. Purdue has been more porous on defense lately, allowing 66.7 points per game over its last 10 contests compared to the 62.7 points per game its opponents are averaging over the 2022-23 season.
What you need to know about the Fairleigh Dickinson Knights
The Knights are 38th in the country in points scored (78 per game) and 304th in points allowed (74.5). At 31.1 rebounds per game and 30.2 rebounds conceded, Fairleigh Dickinson is 228th and 118th in the country, respectively.
Beyond the arc, Fairleigh Dickinson is 84th in the country in 3-pointers made per game (8.2). It is 151st in 3-point percentage at 34.8%. The Knights are 253rd in the country in 3-pointers allowed (7.8 per game) and 302nd in 3-point percentage defensively (35.8%).
The Knights have gone 6-4 in their past 10 contests, with a 5-5 record against the spread during that span. Five of Fairleigh Dickinson’s past 10 games have hit the over. While Fairleigh Dickinson is scoring 78 points per game in 2022-23, it has fallen short of that over its past 10 games, tallying 76.6 points per contest. While the Knights are giving up 74.5 points per game in 2022-23, they have improved that mark over their previous 10 games, allowing 70.2 points per contest.
Purdue vs. Fairleigh Dickinson Prediction & Pick
Our prediction to win this contest is Purdue, and we expect that Fairleigh Dickinson will cover the spread (Purdue -23). Finally, we see the scoring in this one going under the posted total of 146.5 points.
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