With all of the upsets taking place during this NCAA Tournament, it feels surprising to get a standard 3 vs. 6 matchup in the second round where both higher seeds won their opening games. That is exactly what we will get on Sunday night, though, when Texas and Purdue take the floor in Milwaukee. In our March Madness betting picks for tonight, we will look at Texas vs Purdue as both teams look to book a spot in the Sweet 16.
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Texas vs Purdue Betting Pick
This game will be played at Fiserv Forum at 8:40 PM ET on Sunday, March 20, 2022.
Why Bet On Purdue:
✅ Purdue’s ability to rebound the basketball is going to make the difference in this second round matchup. The Boilermakers average five rebounds more per game than the Longhorns, and did that in a conference that has more consistent talent from top to bottom in the Big Ten. The Boilermakers will benefit from the interior play of Zach Edey, which will help them pick up the win and cover.
✅ Also helping Purdue is the fact that Jaden Ivey is by far the best player on the floor in this contest. Texas was able to stop a Virginia Tech team that did not have a true star in the last round, but they are going to have their hands full with both Edey and Ivey, who can both lift Purdue to a stress-free victory here.
✅ The pace of the Longhorns will help the Purdue defense out, which is the weak link of Purdue’s team. Texas plays a bottom-50 tempo in college basketball according to Kenpom, and their slow style of play will allow Purdue to get set and be more comfortable than usual on that end of the floor.
The Texas Longhorns were dominant in the first round of the NCAA Tournament, beating Virginia Tech 81-73. The Longhorns shot better than 50% from three-point range, and committed just nine turnovers against the team that just ran through the ACC tournament and won it. Now, Texas faces another tough challenge from a team that played in its conference championship game.
For Texas, this game will be about finding a way to keep Ivey from getting what he wants offensively and Edey from dominating the glass. Neither of those things are easy, but if Texas can even accomplish one of them, they will have a fighting chance against the Boilermakers.
Jaden Ivey and Purdue crushed Yale in the first round of the NCAA Tournament, beating the Ivy League champions 78-56. Purdue held the Bulldogs to under 25% shooting from three-point range, preventing them from hitting shots that could have sparked a comeback attempt. In this game, Purdue knows it is in for a tougher game, and will need to bring its best.
With Texas shooting the ball so well from deep in the first round, Matt Painter’s team has to prioritize defending the perimeter in this game. Texas does not have a big like Jericho Sims on this team, who they had a year ago. With Purdue having a built-in interior advantage through Edey, it will be defending the three-point line that will decide this game for them.