Saint Peter's vs. Purdue Prediction
Can this year’s NCAA Tournament Cinderella knock off another large favorite when Saint Peter’s takes on Purdue at 7:09 p.m. ET on Friday night? Or at the very least, will the Peacocks cover as 12.5-point underdogs?
633 Saint Peter’s Peacocks (+12.5) vs. 634 Purdue Boilermakers (-12.5); o/u 133.5
7:09 p.m. ET, Wells Fargo Center, Philadelphia, PA
Saint Peter’s Peacocks Snapshot
The point guard, Matthew Lee, started as a walk-on. The star senior, KC Ndefo, wanted to transfer, but couldn’t find a taker. The leading scorer, Daryl Banks III, held one other scholarship offer. The program had never won a single NCAA Tournament game and the conference (MAAC) it represents last advanced a team in the main draw 13 years ago.
Purdue Boilermakers Snapshot
Zach Edey contributed 11 points (2-6 FG, 7-12 FT) and 10 rebounds in 15 minutes during Sunday's 81-71 win over Texas. Edey has seen his shot volume decrease slightly over the last three games, but he's still posted double-doubles in four of his last six appearances. Across those six outings, he's averaged 12.5 points and 9.8 rebounds in 18.5 minutes per game.
March Madness Betting Prediction
The Peacocks are 7-0 against the spread in their last seven neutral site games as an underdog, are 20-6-1 against the number in their last 27 games overall and are 37-15-1 at the window in their last 53 games as a dog. On the other side, the Boilermakers are just 2-8-2 against the spread in their last 12 games and are 1-5-12 against the number in their last eight games coming off a win.
MARCH MADNESS BETTING PREDICTION: SAINT PETER’S PEACOCKS +12.5