Iowa State (24-10) vs. Purdue (26-7) Prediction & Game Preview
NCAA Tournament: Iowa State vs. Purdue fearless prediction and game preview.
Date: Saturday, March 19
Game Time: 9:40 ET
Venue: BMO Harris Bradley Center, Milwaukee, WI
All You Really Need To Know About Iowa State
Iowa State got out hot against Nevada and never let it become a game. The offense ripped it up hitting 56% of their shots with five Cyclones in double digits. Everything worked, connecting on 8-of-19 from three while outrebounding a Wolf Pack team that’s fantastic on the boards.
The Cyclones are amazing from three, and it’s a must to make up for the lack of steals, blocked shots, and big things from D. Great from the field, they move the ball around as well as any team in the country to get the open look. They’ll have to keep it moving against a terrific Purdue D.
All You Really Need To Know About Purdue
It took a half to get there, but Purdue turned it on to get by Vermont 80-70 in the first round. Caleb Swanigan was fine with 16 points, but it was Vince Edwards who took over with 21 points. Five Boilermakers scored in double digits, while beating the Catamounts on the boards by ten.
The Boilermakers are amazing from the outside, doing a great job of finding the open man for the right look. This is a smart, poised team that doesn’t make a whole slew of mistakes, but it doesn’t force turnovers.
What’s Going To Happen
Here’s Purdue’s problem. Iowa State passes really, really well, and Vermont was able to come up with 21 assists in the first round game. The Cyclones are going to get plenty of open shots and good looks against a solid Boilermaker D.
However, Purdue passes well, too, averaging a whopping 18 assists per game, and they shoot the three just as well. It’ll be a war, with the Boilermakers surviving on free throws. They’ll hit them down the stretch, and Iowa State won’t.
Fearless Prediction & Line
Purdue 78, Iowa State 75
Line: PICK, 0/u: 151.5
ATS Confidence: 2
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