Old Dominion vs Purdue Preview

Old Dominion vs Purdue
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No.3 seed Purdue (23-9) opens South Region play against No.14 seed Old Dominion (26-8) on Thursday at Hartford’s XL Center. Purdue shared the Big Ten championship with Michigan State and takes a 23-9 record into the NCAA tournament. The Boilermakers lost to Minnesota in a Big Ten tournament quarterfinal on Friday.

Old Dominion won the Conference USA regular season and tournament championships and enters the NCAA tournament with a 26-8 record. The Monarchs — whose coach, Jeff Jones, is currently battling prostate cancer — are making their first NCAA tournament appearance since 2011.

Old Dominion won at 8 seed Syracuse this season, and also has a home victory over 9 seed VCU on its resume. Senior guards B.J. Stith (16.9 points, 7.4 rebounds) and Ahmad Caver (16.5 points, 5.6 assists) lead the Monarchs. That senior leadership is hard to come by nowadays in college basketball and should help ease the emotions of March Madness.
Purdue makes its fifth consecutive NCAA tournament appearance — one of 10 teams nationally with a streak of at least that length. Matt Painter‘s teams have reached the tournament in 11 of his 14 seasons.

The Boilermakers reached the Sweet 16 each of the past two seasons. Gonzaga, Kansas, Kentucky and Michigan are the only other programs playing for a third (or more) straight trip to the regional semifinals.

Purdue has their own upperclassmen leadership ODU will need to contest with in junior Carsen Edwards and senior Ryan Cline. Edwards is clearly the best player for Purdue leading them in scoring (23.0) and steals (1.3). Cline is the only other Boilermaker to average in double figures (11.9), he also leads the team in assists with 3.3 per game.

Prediction

LINE: -13 Purdue

O/U: 126

Dan’s Bet: +13 Old Dominion

Bracket Pick: Purdue

Score Prediction: Purdue 68 Old Dominion 61

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