Fairleigh Dickinson Knights vs Purdue Boilermakers Prediction, 3/17/2023 College Basketball Picks, Best Bets & Odds
Game: Fairleigh Dickinson Knights vs Purdue Boilermakers
Date: Friday, March 17, 2023
Location: Nationwide Arena in Columbus, OH
Odds/Point Spread: Fairleigh Dickinson (+22)
The Purdue Boilermakers (29-5) will go up against the Fairleigh Dickinson Knights (20-15) at Nationwide Arena on Friday. Fairleigh Dickinson opens this contest as 22-point underdogs from oddsmakers. The total comes in at 145.
The Fairleigh Dickinson Knights took the court against Texas Southern and took home the win by a score of 84-61 in their last contest. In relation to fouls, the Knights left the arena with 15 and Texas Southern recorded 24 fouls. They also converted 1 out of their 17 attempts from beyond the arc. Texas Southern ended up going 88.9% from the free throw line by making 8 of their 9 tries. In addition, Texas Southern had 27 boards (8 offensive, 19 defensive), but didn't notch a block. Texas Southern totaled 16 dimes and had 8 steals for this game. In terms of the defense, Fairleigh Dickinson allowed 41.9% from the floor on 26 of 62 shooting. They also dished out 13 assists in the matchup in addition to forcing 14 turnovers and getting 8 steals. With regard to rebounding, they compiled a total of 30 with 5 of them being on the offensive end. From the charity stripe, the Knights buried 27 of their 31 attempts for a percentage of 87.1%. Fairleigh Dickinson walked away from the contest with a 50.0% FG percentage (23 of 46) and made 11 out of their 27 shots from beyond the arc.
Ansley Almonor is someone who was a factor for the contest. He ended up going 45.5% from the floor but didn't record an assist. He was on the court for 33 minutes and pulled down 8 rebounds. He accumulated 23 points on 5 out of 11 shooting.
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Fairleigh Dickinson comes into this contest with a mark of 20-15 on the year. They turn it over 11.6 times per game and as a unit are committing 18.9 personal fouls per game. As a unit, Fairleigh Dickinson is snagging 34.1 boards per contest and has accumulated 522 dimes on the season, which has them ranked 32nd in the nation in terms of passing. The Knights are shooting 34.8% on three-point attempts (286 of 822) and 75.2% from the free throw line. They have an average of 78.0 pts per game (40th in the country) while connecting on 45.6% from the field.
On the defensive end, the Knights are able to force 15.5 turnovers every game while drawing 16.1 fouls. They are relinquishing 35.8% on shots from beyond the arc and they are 304th in college hoops in points per game from their opponents (74.5). The Knights defensively are allowing and opponent field goal percentage of 47.7% (924 of 1,937) and they relinquish 33.4 rebounds per game as a basketball team. They are currently ranked 352nd in the country in allowing assists to the opposition with 519 conceded so far this season.
In their last game, the Purdue Boilermakers got the win with a final of 67-65 when they played Penn State. The Boilermakers were able to collect 24 defensive rebounds and 12 offensive boards for a total of 36 in this contest. They gave up possession of the ball 7 times, while getting 5 steals in this game. Penn State earned 20 personal fouls in the game which took the Boilermakers to the free throw line for a total of 20 shots. They were able to bury 13 of them for a rate of 65.0%. Pertaining to shots from downtown, Purdue made 6 of their 28 tries (21.4%). When the final whistle blew, the Boilermakers shot 24 out of 62 from the floor which gave them a shooting percentage of 38.7%. The Boilermakers allowed Penn State to convert 22 out of 51 tries from the field which gave them a percentage of 43.1% in this contest. They shot 30.4% from beyond the perimeter by hitting 7 out of 23 and walked away from this one shooting 14 of 15 from the free throw line (93.3%). Concerning rebounding, Purdue permitted Penn State to snag 28 in all (3 on the offensive side).
Zach Edey pitched in for the Boilermakers in this contest. He tallied 30 points in his 28 mins of playing time and accumulated 1 assist in this contest. He made 12 out of 17 for this game giving him a field goal percentage of 70.6%, and totaled 13 rebounds.
Purdue has a win-loss record of 29-5 this year. The Boilermakers are responsible for committing 13.7 personal fouls per game while shooting 74.3% from the charity stripe. Their rate of assisting teammates is at 15.5 times per contest (33rd in Division 1) and they cough up possession 10.9 times per game. Purdue has 2,485 pts this year (73.1 per game) and they collect 38.6 boards per game. As an offense, the Boilermakers are connecting on 45.9% from the field, which ranks 91st in college basketball.
The Boilermakers on defense are ranked 21st in college hoops in points allowed per contest with 62.7. They are able to force 10.0 turnovers per game and allow teams to shoot 41.7% from the floor (62nd in college basketball). The Purdue defense gives up 31.4% on shots from behind the 3-point line (218 of 694) and their opponents are knocking down 73.6% of their foul shots. They concede 12.4 assists and 27.7 total rebounds per game, which ranks them 158th and 1st in the nation.
Who will win tonight's NCAA basketball game against the spread?
Guy Bruhn's Pick: Take Fairleigh Dickinson (+22)
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