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Fairleigh Dickinson vs Purdue Pick & Preview: Friday, March 17th Betting Odds
Knights vs Boilermakers Matchup at a Glance
- Sport: NCAAB
- Teams: Fairleigh Dickinson Knights at Purdue Boilermakers
- Where: Columbus at Nationwide Arena
- Date: Friday, March 17th
- Betting Odds: Fairleigh Dickinson +23, FAIRDK +1525 | PUR -9250 O/U 144.5
The Fairleigh Dickinson Knights head into today’s game in what will be their 35th game of the season, posting a record of 19-15. So far, the Knights have played 18 games on the road, with a record of 8-10. For the season, Fairleigh Dickinson has been the underdog in 15 games, sitting with a mark of 6-9. Currently, the oddsmakers have the lines set with the Knights being +23 point underdogs.
Fairleigh Dickinson’s leading scorer this season is Demetre Roberts, who is averaging 16.68 points per contest. So far, Roberts has accounted for 21.43% of the team’s scoring. In addition, he is contributing 3.03 rebounds per game and 4.26 assists. Grant Singleton is the second leading scorer for the Knights, averaging 14.33 points per game. Between him and Singleton, they are accounting for 39.3% of the team’s scoring.
Offensive production has been hard to come by for Fairleigh Dickinson this season, as they are currently ranked 321st in college basketball at 67.2 points per game. A major reason for low scoring totals is the fact that they have played at a below average pace, and have struggled to knock down outside shots. As a team, the Knights’ 3-point shooting percentage sits at just 32.4%, placing them 348th in the NCAA.
Purdue will take their 5 game win streak into today’s game. So far, the team has an overall record of 29-5. So far this season, Purdue has played 21 games at home, sitting with a record of 19-2. At the time of this article, the oddsmakers have the Boilermakers as the -23 point favorites. The Boilermakers have been favored 29 times, going 26-3 straight up.
Zach Edey comes into today’s game as the Boilermakers’ leading scorer at 22.3 points per contest. Not only has Edey been key to the team’s scoring efforts, but he is Purdue’s top rebounder at 12.82 boards per contest. Behind Edey, the team has benefited from the strong play of Fletcher Loyer, who is second on the team in scoring at 10.91 points per game. Overall, he has hit 36.6% of his shots and is adding 1.71 boards per game.
Through 34 games, Purdue has been playing well on offense, averaging 79.8 points per game. Even though the team has been methodical with their pace, the Boilermakers’ shooters have been hot from outside, hitting 39.1% of their shots per game. This strong shooting percentage has equated to an average of 8.74 made 3’s per contest.
Free Spread Prediction: Purdue Boilermakers -23
For this matchup between the Purdue Boilermakers and Fairleigh Dickinson Knights, we like Fairleigh Dickinson to keep the game closer than the oddsmakers are anticipating. Historically, the Knights have held up well vs the spread as the underdog, going 4-1 (last 5). The two team’s also play different brands of basketball with Purdue preferring to get up and down the court, while Fairleigh Dickinson likes to slow the game to a grind. We this favoring the Knights as there will be fewer possessions for Purdue to pull home. Going into the game, we feel good about getting a bet down on the Fairleigh Dickinson Knights to cover as the +23 point underdogs.