NCAA Tournament: Purdue vs. Texas Tech fearless prediction and game preview.
Date: Friday, March 23
Game Time: 9:57 ET
Venue: TD Garden, Boston, MA
All You Really Need To Know About Purdue
Even with Isaac Haas out with his elbow injury, Purdue survived Butler thanks to a big performance from 7-3 Matt Haams, four players scoring in double figures, and some big shots late.
Can they figure out the right brace for Haas to wear to protect his broken elbow? Even if that doesn’t happen, this is still a very big, very good team that’s amazing from three – hitting 42% of their tries – and great at keeping the ball and the pace moving.
All You Really Need To Know About Texas Tech
Texas Tech survived Florida in a fun 69-66 battle, slowing down the pace a little bit and hitting timely threes to move on. They were awful from the line – making just 7-of-14 free throws – didn’t get any offensive balance, with Keenan Evans and Zhaire Smith combining for 40 of the 69 points.
The Red Raiders continue to play terrific defense, they’re among the best in the country at forcing turnovers, and they clamp down when needed, holding teams to a mere 65 points per game. However, they’re not great on the boards, and they don’t take enough threes.
What’s Going To Happen
The Purdue size and guard play will matter. Texas Tech isn’t small – Tommy Hamilton is a 6-11 banger – but the Boilermaker activity on the boards, blocking shots, and passing will be enough to survive.
Purdue didn’t quite play its sharpest game against Butler, but the backcourt will overcome the Texas Tech defensive pressure.
Fearless Prediction & Line
Purdue 71, Texas Tech 66
Line: Purdue -1.5, o/u: 137.5
ATS Confidence: COMING
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