Free NCAA Hoops Pick: Mean Green vs. Boilermakers CBB Odds
Looking for North Texas Mean Green vs. Purdue Boilermakers NCAA basketball free picks & CBB odds? CBB betting sees the Mean Green taking on the Boilermakers on Friday, March 19th, 2021 at Lucas Oil Stadium in Indianapolis, Indiana. Cappers Picks provides complimentary expert handicapping picks on all college basketball matchups all season long so stay tuned for more FREE daily basketball predictions like this Mean Green Boilermakers matchup.
2021 NCAA Basketball Handicapping
(17-9) North Texas Mean Green vs. Purdue Boilermakers (18-9)
Date: Friday, March 19th
Time: 7:25 PM ET
Venue: Lucas Oil Stadium, Indianapolis, Indiana
CBB Moneyline Odds: Purdue -320
CBB Betting Odds: Purdue -7.5
CBB Betting Total: 126.5
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There are reasons to like Purdue not only to win and cover the -7.5 spread on Friday, but to make a significant run moving forward. The Boilermakers earned a 4-seed despite playing in the Big Ten, and are playing in their home state the entire postseason.
Of course the question also needs to be asked on why North Texas isn’t a bigger underdog as the 13 seed? The Mean Green lost three straight to end the regular season, but went on a run in the C-USA tournament.
North Texas Mean Green
North Texas definitely comes in hot at the right time. The Mean Green were just 6th in Conference USA during the regular season but did the vaunted four-wins-in-four-days to get the automatic berth.
UNT was headed to the postseason last year after going 14-4 in the C-USA to be crowned the regular season champs. Like everybody else, their postseason hopes were dashed by the pandemic so Friday’s game is two years in the making.
The Mean Green have a lot working against them, including Purdue playing just an hour away from their campus. Defense travels though, and North Texas ranked 21st in the entire country allowing just 62.5 ppg.
One thing North Texas doesn’t have is a lot of size in their regular rotation. 6’10”, 249 pound Zachary Simmons led the Mean Green with just 6.2 rebounds/game. That’s not going to fly against Purdue’s mountain in the middle, Trevion Williams.
Purdue getting a 4 seed despite battling in the toughest conference in the country, the Big Ten, is nothing to overlook. Purdue ended up finishing 4th in the conference, ahead of five other NCAA tournament teams.
There’s reasons to like Purdue big in this one, mostly because they are 11-4 over their last 15th, and were 18-9 during the regular season despite having the 11th toughest schedule in the nation.
The Boilermakers are also playing close to home, and should have plenty of fan support in the 25% capacity Lucas Oil Stadium. Purdue is also familiar with this court, playing the Big Ten tournament here last weekend.
Purdue also has crazy size, as Williams put up 26 points and grabbed 14 rebounds in the conference tournament loss to Ohio State. Matt Painter also brings 7’3″ Zach Edey off the bench. Edey has 20+ in two of the last three.
CBB Betting Trends:
- Mean Green are 5-2 ATS last 7 overall
- Mean Green are 0-4 ATS last 4 NCAA tournament games
- Under is 5-0-1 in Mean Green last 6 overall
- Under is 6-0 in Mean Green last 6 NCAA tournament games
- Boilermakers are13-3 ATS last 16 NCAA tournament games
- Boilermakers are 2-5-1 ATS last 8 neutral site games
- Over is 8-2 in Boilermakers last 10 neutral site games
Free North Texas Mean Green vs. Purdue Boilermakers NCAAB Prediction:
There’s a lot of unknowns in tournament games, but Purdue checks off every box for a 1st round win, and potentially a pretty big victory. They’ve got two presences on the interior, and as much home court advantage as you can get this time of year.
4* Free CBB Betting Pick: Purdue -7.5
Williams will dominate this matchup, and Purdue could start a big run here.
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