*) , , , , . Texas Longhorns: Purdue Boilermakers Predictions The tough Purdue Boilermakers will be facing the Texas Longhorns in Round 2. Texas just barely beat Purdue 70-66 the last time they went up against each other.
The Texas Longhorns performed well this season against non-conference rivals. They went 12-3, with two of their losses coming against ranked opponents. Even though they started the season well, they struggled in the very difficult Big 12 and went 10-8.
Texas are not an offensively strong team. They only score 68.3 points per game and have just three players barely scoring over ten points a game. They are led by Timmy Alley Allen is both offensively and defensively-minded. He averages 12.4 points a game and gets 1.3 steals. Allen does not shoot well from deep but hits 50% of his total shots.
A lot of Texas’s very low scoring is due to their backcourt duo, Andrews Jones and Marcus Carr. Jones and Carr combine for 22.1 points per game and also rack together 4.9 assists and 2.1 steals. They are both good players on their own, but they work well together to make an effective duo. Texas is the most powerful team in the league. They have the best defense in the Power Five conferences and only give up 60 points per game.
The Purdue Boilermakers spent some time as a top-five team, but after a few late-season conference losses, they slipped to #10 in the nation. While they have proven that they are a formidable team at times, they have also demonstrated that they have the ability to lose to inferior teams.
Purdue’s guard-center pair of Zach Edey and Jaden Ivey is leading the team. Ivey has the most scoring, and is able to pass some. Edey can rebound well and shoots very efficiently. They combine for 32.2 points and 12.7 rebounds a game.
Since Purdue has shown they can be a top team in the league and score almost 80 points a game, I am picking them to win this battle and move on to the Sweet 16.
Purdue beats Texas 73-65. Purdue cover, Over 133.5 points.
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Head-to-Head: Texas Longhorns vs Purdue Boilermakers
Texas Longhorns Head-to-Head Purdue Boilermakers Chris Beard Head Coach Matt Painter 22-11 (10-8, 4th in Big 12) Standing 28-7 (14-6, 3rd in Big Ten) Leader (Per Game) Timmy Allen (12.4) PPG Jaden Ivey (17.6) Timmy Allen (6.5) RPG Zach Edey (7.8) Marcus Carr (3.3) APG Sasha Stefanovic (3.2) Timmy Allen (1.3) SPG Trevion Williams (1.0) Christian Bishop (0.9) BPG Zach Edey (1.3) Christian Bishop (. 599) FG% Zach Edey (. 653) Brock Cunningham (. 500) 3P% Eric Hunter Jr. (. 471)
Why Might the Texas Longhorns Win?
Everyone knows Texas is a strong defense. Their offense, however, is not always strong and they struggle to score. To win, Texas must hit the three-pointers as well as protect the rim.
Texas doesn’t shoot well from the deep end, but could be much better. They hit 32.3% of their three-point attempts and only have one player in their rotation (Brock Cunningham) hitting over 40% of their threes. Mentally prepare them to knock down the three-point shots in this game. It should not be too difficult for them to take threes; they average over 15 three-point attempts a game.
Texas has a smaller defense team than Purdue but is better. The team must protect the rim, not allow Zach Edey to dominate with close shots. Edey shoots over 65% from the field, so Texas has to slow him down.
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Why might the Purdue Boilermakers win?
Purdue might be the superior team but they will face a Texas team with the most formidable defense in the country. They need to get defensive rebounds and attack the rim.
As I’ve said many times, Texas is a strong defense. Purdue is home to Jaden Ivey, one of America’s best center guards and Zach Edey, one of the most skilled centers. Both must score from the rim, and they should use their large size to intimidate this Texas team.
Purdue averages almost 11 offensive rebounds per game. It is important that they continue to be aggressive in the offensive glass, and take offensive boards. They will open up more scoring possibilities for themselves if they do.
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Longhorns Key Player: (F) Timmy Allen
Timmy Allen has become the de facto star for Texas. He averages 12.4 points, 6.5 rebounds, 2.1 assists, and 1.3 steals per game in a little over 29 minutes.
Allen shoots well. He hits about half his shots. While he needs to keep shooting well, he must also play good defense and slow down Zach Edey.
Boilermakers key player: (G) JadenIvey
There are many reasons Jaden Ivey will be a probable NBA Lottery draft pick. He’s a great scorer who can pass and get rebounds.
Ivey averages 17.6 points, 4.9 rebounds, 3.1 assists, and 1.0 steals. His versatility is impressive and he can do almost everything. This game requires him to be versatile. He must draw in the defense and pass or shoot to open teammates. On defense, he should lock down his opponent’s guard.
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