The Purdue Boilermakers get the St. Peter’s Peacocks in the first round of the 2022 NCAA Tournament. The Wildcats are regulars of March Madness, while the Peacocks are making just their fourth overall appearance in the NCAA Tournament. Check out our preview below of this Purdue-St. Peter’s 2022 first-round showdown.
Betting Preview for the Purdue Boilermakers vs St. Peter’s Peacocks NCAA College Basketball Game on March 25 2022
Where: Wells Fargo Center, Philadelphia, PA
When: Thursday, March 25, 2022, 8:00 PM ET
TV Broadcast: CBS
Betting on the Purdue Boilermakers (odds)
Record: 26-7 Overall/14-4 Conference
Jaden Ivey failed to score in the first 16 minutes of Sunday night’s second-round game against the Texas Longhorns, but he came through when the Boilermakers needed him the most. Ivey finished with 18 points, including a clutch three in the second half to help Purdue score an 81-71 victory over the Longhorns. Despite Ivey’s silence early in the game, Purdue still managed to shoot 48.8 percent from the field, but it’s on the free-throw line where it dealt the most damage. The Boilermakers went 33/46 from the foul line. Ivey and the Boilermakers will have to capitalize on their talents against St. Peter’s and force draw a ton of fouls again by taking advantage of mismatches. Also look for Purdue’s big boys to wreak havoc against the very undersized Peacocks frontcourt. The Boilermakers, who are among the tallest teams in the nation, have 6-10 Trevion Williams and 7-4 Zach Edey to make St. Peter’s life harder on the glass and in the paint.
Purdue is 2-0 against the spread in its last two games.
Betting on the St. Peter’s Peacocks (odds)
Record: 21-11 Overall/14-6 Conference
At this point, there’s nothing that is scaring the Peacocks. After all, they have already taken down the Kentucky Wildcats in the first round as a 15-seed before thwarting the Murray State Racers in the second round to the tune of a 70-60 score. Everything is a bonus in the tournament for St. Peter’s but getting two wins against highly favored opponents has the Peacocks suddenly believing what was before deemed impossible: that they can reach the Elite Eight round – and beyond. March Madness often doesn’t make any sense, but it’s not just pure luck why St. Peter is still alive in the tournament. The Peacocks are actually playing great defense. They have held Kentucky to just 45.9 effective field goal percentage and Murray State to only 42.3. And they may be lacking in size, but the Peacocks protect the rim well. In fact, they are 19th in the nation in block percentage (9.3%) and 11th with opponents shooting just 44.0 percent inside the arc.
St. Peter’s is 9-1 against the spread in its last 10 games overall.
Purdue wins, 75-62.
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