North Texas Mean Green vs Purdue Boilermakers Prediction, 3/19/2021 College Basketball Pick, Tips and Odds
Game: North Texas Mean Green vs Purdue Boilermakers
Date: Friday, March 19, 2021
Location: Lucas Oil Stadium in Indianapolis, IN
Odds/Point Spread: North Texas (+8)
The Purdue Boilermakers (18-9) host the North Texas Mean Green (17-9) at Lucas Oil Stadium on Friday in the NCAA Tournament. The spread on this contest has Purdue as 8-point favorites. The total has been set at 126.
North Texas will play this contest with a win-loss record of 17-9 so far this season. They turn it over 13.2 times per game and as a team they are committing 15.7 personal fouls on a nightly basis. As a team, North Texas is grabbing 33.3 boards per game and is sitting with 347 dimes this season, which has them ranked 115th in college hoops in terms of passing the rock. The Mean Green are shooting 37.6% on shots beyond the perimeter (197 of 524) and 73.4% from the free throw line. They currently have an average of 69.8 points per game (214th in the country) on 47.5% from the floor. When they are on the defensive end, the Mean Green are forcing 14.2 turnovers on a nightly basis and they draw 15.1 fouls. They are 54th in D-1 in allowing assists to the opposition with 235 conceded for the campaign. The Mean Green defense is giving up and opponent field goal percentage of 40.9% (563 of 1,376) and they concede 30.7 boards per game as a group. They surrender 32.6% from 3-point land while they are 10th in Division 1 in opponents points per game (61.2).
The North Texas Mean Green faced the Western Kentucky Hilltoppers and took home the win by a score of 61-57 in their last contest. North Texas ended the contest having earned a 39.3% FG percentage (22 of 56) and converted 8 out of their 22 shots from beyond the perimeter. When they shot from the charity stripe, the Mean Green knocked down 9 of 10 attempts for a rate of 90.0%. In reference to getting rebounds, they collected 33 with 8 of them being on the offensive end. They also doled out 12 assists for the matchup while forcing 15 turnovers and getting 4 steals. Regarding defense, North Texas allowed 34.0% from the field on 17 out of 50 shooting. Western Kentucky dished out 11 dimes and had 6 steals in this matchup. On top of that, Western Kentucky snagged 27 rebounds (7 offensive, 20 defensive) and added 3 blocks. Western Kentucky finished the game shooting 85.0% at the charity stripe by burying 17 of their 20 attempts. They made 6 of 22 shots from beyond the perimeter.
Javion Hamlet is a guy who played a role in this matchup. He ended up with 20 points on 7 out of 17 shooting. He was on the hardwood for 45 minutes played and collected 4 rebounds. Hamlet finished the game shooting 41.2% from the floor and distributed 5 assists. Someone else that was a factor in this matchup for the Mean Green was Mardrez McBride. He snagged 3 rebounds in 37 minutes on the basketball court. He finished 44.4% from the floor in the game by shooting 4-of-9 (13 points). At the conclusion of this game, McBride tallied 2 assists.
Purdue has a win-loss record of 18-9 this year. Purdue has scored 1,920 points for the year (71.1 per game) and they average 37.6 boards per game. The Boilermakers are committing 17.5 fouls per game and they go 71.1% from the free throw line. As an offensive team, the Boilermakers are connecting on 45.1% from the field, which ranks them 119th in D-1. They are assisting teammates 14.3 times per contest (97th in college basketball) and they turn the ball over 12.6 times per game. The Boilermakers defensively are ranked 62nd in college basketball in points per game surrendered with 66.3. They concede 14.1 assists and 31.4 total rebounds per game, which has them ranked 264th and 34th in D-1. The Purdue defense allows 31.5% on 3-pointers (219 of 695) and their opponents are converting on 67.5% of their free throw attempts. They are able to force 11.4 turnovers on a nightly basis and allow teams to shoot 41.4% from the floor (72nd in college basketball).
In their last game, the Purdue Boilermakers took a loss by a final score of 87-78 when they played the Ohio State Buckeyes. The Boilermakers were able to collect 18 defensive rebounds and 13 offensive boards totaling 31 for the game. They gave up possession 9 times, while getting 4 steals in this contest. The Buckeyes were called for 22 fouls for the contest which got the Boilermakers to the charity stripe for a total of 27 tries. They were able to convert 15 of them for a clip of 55.6%. In regard to shots from distance, Purdue buried 9 of their 26 tries (34.6%). Overall, the Boilermakers shot 27 for 62 from the field which had them sitting at 43.5%. The Boilermakers permitted the Buckeyes to make 30 of their 66 attempts from the floor which had them shooting 45.5% in this contest. They finished shooting 35.5% from distance by connecting on 11 out of 31 and ended up going 16 out of 18 at the charity stripe (88.9%). With respect to rebounding, Purdue permitted Ohio State to get 37 in all (10 offensive).
Trevion Williams was important for the Boilermakers in the game. He converted 12 of 23 in this matchup giving him a field goal percentage of 52.2%, and totaled 14 rebounds. Williams had 26 points in his 30 minutes of playing time and had 5 dimes for the game. Another guy that was important for Purdue was Jaden Ivey. He finished this one with 3 assists in his 43 mins played, and he put in 6 out of 13 from the floor. Ivey walked away from this one going 46.2% from the floor as well as notching 19 points and 2 rebounds.
So what is Tonights Parlay prediction?
Parlay's Pundit's Pick: Take Purdue (-8) and under 126 points
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