Fairleigh Dickinson vs Purdue Prediction - Basketball Picks 3/17/23

Purdue Boilermakers (29-5) vs Fairleigh Dickinson Knights (20-15)

Game Info: Friday, March 17, 2023 at 6:50 pm (Nationwide Arena)

Betting Odds: Purdue Boilermakers -22.5 -- Over/Under: 145.5 Click Here for the Latest Odds

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The Purdue Boilermakers will play the Fairleigh Dickinson Knights in the first round of the NCAA Tournament in the East Region on Friday night at Nationwide Arena in Columbus, Ohio.

Purdue Preview

The Purdue Boilermakers are 29-5 (15-5) this season after they defeated Penn State by a score of 67-65 in the Big Ten Tournament Final. Purdue finished first in the Big Ten in the regular season and has won five games in a row. The Purdue Boilermakers are averaging 73.1 points per game, 62.7 points against per game, 38.6 rebounds per game, and 15.5 assists per game. Zach Edey has led the Boilermakers this season with 22.3 points per game, 12.8 rebounds per game, and 2.1 blocks per game. Purdue is shooting 45.9% from the field, 74.3% on free throws, and 32.6% on three pointers this year. 

Fairleigh Dickinson Preview

The Fairleigh Dickinson Knights are 20-15 (10-6) this season after they defeated Texas Southern by a score of 84-61 in the First Four. Fairleigh Dickinson shot 50% from the field and made 11 three pointers in the win. The Fairleigh Dickinson Knights are averaging 78 points per game, 74.5 points against per game, 34.1 rebounds per game, and 14.9 assists per game. Demetre Roberts has led the Knights this season with 16.6 points per game, 4.3 assists per game, and 3.0 rebounds per game. Fairleigh Dickinson is shooting 45.5% from the field, 74.6% on free throws, and 34.6% on three pointers this year. 

Trends

Fairleigh Dickinson is 3-10 ATS in their last 13 neutral site games and 4-1 ATS in their last 5 games. The under is 5-2 in Fairleigh Dickinson’s last 7 games. Purdue is 1-5 ATS in their last 6 games and 1-6 ATS in their last 7 games following a win. The over is 9-4-1 in Purdue’s last 14 games. 

Pick

Fairleigh Dickinson did not win their conference tournament, but they were able to get into the NCAA Tournament due to Merrimack not being eligible. The Knights shot the ball very well in their First Four win and will have to repeat that performance to have any chance in this game. Purdue won the Big Ten Title, but they haven’t looked great this year. I do think Purdue gets a comfortable win, but I am taking Fairleigh Dickinson with the points. 

David’s Pick Fairleigh Dickinson +22.5

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