Fairleigh Dickinson beat Texas Southern in a First Four on Wednesday, which is why the Knights step onto the Nationwide Arena in Columbus on Friday to battle Purdue. The East Region’s top seed took it to their opponents in both the Big Ten Regular Season and the Big Ten Tournament. Will the Boilermakers continue to dominate? Or will Fairleigh Dickinson keep the game closer than the spread?
We will now preview the game plus our betting prediction for this Round of 64 contest. Keep reading for college basketball betting lines, analysis, and a free pick for Farleigh Dickinson vs. Purdue.
2023 March Madness Round of 64 Game
No. 16 Fairleigh Dickinson Knights vs. No. 1 Purdue Boilermakers Betting Preview
Fairleigh Dickinson of Conference USA meets Purdue of The American in NCAA Tourney First Round
ATS Odds: Purdue -4
Moneyline Odds: Fairleigh Dickinson +1287 / Purdue -5000
Over/Under Odds: 145 -110
When: Friday, March 17 at 6:50 pm ET
Where: Nationwide Arena, Columbus, OH
TV / Streaming: TNT/Paramount+
Why Bet on No. 16 Fairleigh Dickinson against No. 1 Purdue?
The Knights entered their First Four contest versus Texas Southern a +2.5 underdog. Fairleigh ended the game 84-61 winners.
Although the Knights don’t play great defense, they run up and down the court. The Fairleigh Dickinson Knights have a lot more speed than the Boilermakers.
The Knights are also a great scoring team. Not only that, but the massive underdog in this boasts a 3-guard lineup that can take advantage of a taller, but slower moving, Purdue side.
Fairleigh Dickinson Knights Offensive Averages
- Points/G: 76.5
- FG %: 51.7
- 3PT%: 22.9
- FT %: 75.7
- Rebounds/G: 33.2
Fairleigh Dickinson Knights Defensive Averages
- Points/G: 75.5
- FG %: 55.4
- 3PT%: 21.9
- FT %: 75.8
- Rebounds/G: 33.5
Why Bet on No. 1 Purdue against No. 16 Fairleigh Dickinson?
Purdue isn’t a great three-point shooting team. But you don’t have to be when you allow 62 points per game based on 41.7% shooting from the field and 31.1% shooting from three.
The Purdue Boilermakers lean heavily on 7’ 4” center Zach Edey for points, rebounds, and defense. Purdue has no trouble using the clock on every possession. More importantly, they get back on defense, which should allow the Boilermakers to counter Fairleigh’s speed.
Purdue Boilermakers Offensive Averages
- Points/G: 73.1
- FG %: 52.2
- 3PT%: 21.1
- FT %: 74.3
- Rebounds/G: 38.6
Purdue Boilermakers Defensive Averages
- Points/G: 62.7
- FG %: 47.2
- 3PT%: 20.4
- FT %: 73.6
- Rebounds/G: 27.7
Fairleigh Dickinson vs Purdue Betting Trends
- Knights are 4-1 ATS in their last 5 games
- Fairleigh Dickinson is 3-10 ATS in their last 13 games at a neutral site
- Under is 5-2 in the Knights’ last 7
- Boilermakers are 1-5 ATS in their last 6 games
- Purdue is 1-6 ATS in their last 7 games following a straight up win
- Over is 3-1-1 in the Boilermakers last 5 games following a straight up win
Fairleigh Dickinson Knights vs Purdue Boilermakers Betting Odds and Prediction
This is a contrast in styles. Fairleigh Dickinson’s only hope is to run and gun the Purdue Boilermakers out of the building.
Doing so is going to be tough because Purdue is one of the top defensive teams in the nation. Not only that, but the Knights’ tallest player is 6’ 7”.
Edey should have his way with this team. Zach averages over 22 points and close to 13 boards per game versus Big Ten opponents. Edey will dominate like there’s no tomorrow in this one.
23 points is a lot to lay. The Boilermakers have physical advantage, though, that suggest they beat Fairleigh by 30.
March Madness Round of 64 Pick: Purdue -23 | Bet Farleigh Dickinson vs. Purdue Today
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