NCAA Tournament: Purdue vs. Cal State Fullerton fearless prediction and game preview.
Date: Friday, March 16
Game Time: 12:40 ET
Venue: Little Caesars Arena, Detroit, MI
All You Really Need To Know About Cal-State Fullerton (20-11)
(Big West), RPI: 129. 15-seed
With a spot in the tournament on the line, the Titans destroyed UC Irvine to get in. Kyle Allman and Khalil Ahmad lead a top-heavy offense that doesn’t have a whole lot of options. It’s not a deep team going about six or seven down the bench, but the starting five is solid.
It’s not a three-point shooting team at all, and it turns the ball over too often, but it’s a good shooting squad, makes all of its free throws, and plays a solid style of defense that could be a problem for anyone who needs to hit from the outside.
All You Really Need To Know About Purdue (28-6)
(Big Ten), RPI: 9. 2-seed
There were some blips over the late part of the season with three straight losses before bouncing back a bit, and then came the loss to Michigan in the Big Ten Tournament. But it’ll be a rested team with the right mix to make a big run, with big Isaac Haas on the inside leading a balanced attack with four players averaging 12 points or more.
As big as the Boilermakers are, they don’t do enough on the offensive glass, and the defense doesn’t take the ball away, but it’s one of the best-shooting teams in the country both inside and out – it’s second in the nation from three. The size will overpower most teams.
What’s Going To Happen
It’s a bad matchup for the Titans – they don’t do enough from the outside to loosen up the Boilermaker defense.
Scoring inside is a must for the Fullerton offense, and it’s not going to have a whole lot of luck after Purdue packs it in – the Titans will be dared to shoot from three, and they won’t be able to do it.
The Boilermakers won’t have to sweat too much on the board as they pull away in second half. They’ll cruise.
Fearless Prediction & Line
Purdue 84, Cal-State Fullerton 63
Line: Purdue -20.5, o/u: 145.5
ATS Confidence: 3.5
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