Fairleigh Dickinson vs Purdue
Game: Fairleigh Dickinson vs Purdue
Here we have a March Madness game that includes a 1 seed, the Boilermakers, versus a 16 seed, the Knights. Purdue has been in and out of the rank 1 in the NCAA throughout the season, but has found their way back to a 1 seed after winning the Big Ten championship. I couldn’t tell you much about FDU, but I bet against them in their First Four game and they dominated to seal a NCAA tournament berth.
The Knights play a full court press which can cause opponents like Texas Southern some trouble. If an opposing offense can get past that, they’re then going up against the 359th most efficient defense. This is below teams like Green Bay and LIU who hold records of 3-29 and 3-26 respectively. FDU has never gone against a player like Zach Edey, as no other team in the NCAA has because of how unique the 7’4” junior is.
Purdue has ball handlers in Braden Smith and Brandon Newman that can break a press. Their offense will thrive against one of the worst defenses in the nation, and Zach Edey will have his way.
Pick: Fairleigh Dickinson vs Purdue 1H o68