Utah State vs Purdue Prediction College Basketball Picks 3/24/24

Purdue (30-4) vs Utah State (28-6)

Game Info: Sunday, March 24, 2024 at 2:40 pm (Gainbridge Fieldhouse)

Betting Odds: Purdue -11.5 -- Over/Under: 149.5 Click Here for the Latest Odds

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In this article we will formulate a Purdue vs Utah State betting prediction for this NCAA Tournament college basketball game on Sunday, March 24th at Gainbridge Fieldhouse in Indianapolis, Indiana. To formulate this prediction, we will examine:

  • The Purdue recent form and recent player performance 
  • The Utah State recent form and recent play performance
  • Recent Betting trends and streaks involving Purdue
  • Recent Betting trends and streaks involving Utah State
  • Recent betting trends in games played between Purdue and Utah State
  • A summary that ties it all together and produces a favorable betting outcome for Today’s Game between Purdue and Utah State

Purdue Preview

The Purdue Boilermakers are 30-4 (17-3) this year after they defeated Grambling by a score of 78-50 in their last game. Purdue led 36-27 at halftime and out scored Grambling 42-23 in the second half for the blowout win. The Boilermakers shot 47.5% from the field and were +25 in rebounding margin in the game. Purdue has won seven of their last eight games, with the lone loss coming in overtime against Wisconsin. The Boilermakers are scoring 83.2 points per game with 40.6 rebounds per game and 18.5 assists per game, while allowing 69.6 points against per game this year. Zach Edey is averaging 24.6 points per game, 12 rebounds per game, and 2.1 assists per game. Purdue is shooting 48.8% from the field, 72.1% on free throws, and 40.8% on three pointers this season. 

Utah State Preview

The Utah State Aggies are 28-6 (14-4) this season after they defeated TCU by a score of 88-72 in their last game. Utah State led 43-37 at the half and they scored 45 points to pull away in the second for the win. The Aggies shot 55% from the field and were -11 in rebounding margin in the game. Utah State has won seven of their last eight games, with the lone loss coming against San Diego State by 16 points. The Aggies are scoring 80 points per game with 36.1 rebounds per game and 16.6 assists per game, while giving up 70.3 points against per game this season. Great Osobor is averaging 17.8 points per game, 9.1 rebounds per game, and 2.9 assists per game. Utah State is shooting 49.3% from the field, 71.5% on free throws, and 33.1% on three pointers this year. 

Purdue Boilermakers Team Facts

  • Purdue has won each of its last 15 day games against non-Conference opponents.
  • Eight of Purdue's last nine NCAA Tournament games against a lower seed have produced a total of 148 or fewer points.
  • Purdue has won the first half in seven of its last eight games at Gainbridge Fieldhouse.

Utah State Aggies Team Facts

  • Utah State has won each of its last 12 games against non-Conference opponents.
  • Each of Utah State's last six games against AP-ranked opponents at a neutral venue have produced a total of 141 or fewer points.
  • Utah State has lost the first half in each of its last four day games.

Matchup/League Facts

  • Purdue ranks 2nd among Division 1 teams for three-point percentage this season (41.1%).
  • Purdue ranks 2nd among Division 1 teams for rebound percentage this season (57.9%).
  • Utah State ranks 3rd among Division 1 teams for opponent three-point percentage this season (28.2%).
  • Utah State ranks T5th among Division 1 teams for opponent blocks per game this season (2.2).

Purdue vs Utah State Betting Prediction

Purdue comes into this game with only four losses on the season and they looked great against Grambling, but they still worry me with their recent March Madness results. Utah State also looked great in their first round game against TCU and they were the best team in the Mountain West during the regular season. Utah State has a very good offensive attack and they are shooting over 49% from the field. Utah State needs to really focus on rebounding in this matchup, but I think they can keep this game close with their offense. Take the Aggies with the points here. 

David’s Pick Utah State +11.5

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