No. 4 Purdue vs. No. 13 Vermont Prediction, Game Preview

Purdue vs. Vermont prediction and game preview, as the No. 4 Boilermakers and No. 13 Catamounts face off in the NCAA Tournament.

Purdue’s Caleb Swanigan is a national player of the year candidate and has helped the Boilermakers win the Big Ten regular-season championship and earn a No. 4 seed in the NCAA Tournament. They’ll take on Vermont, which enters the Tournament as the hottest team in the nation. The Catamounts have won 21 consecutive games after winning the America East tournament.

Purdue vs. Vermont Game Preview

Date: Thursday, March 16
Venue:  Bradley Center, Milwaukee, Wisc.

Purdue Strengths

Interior presence. National Player of the Year candidate Caleb Swanigan and 7-footer Isaac Haas helped Purdue rank near the top of the Big Ten in average rebound differential per game and can score on anyone in the paint.

Purdue Weaknesses

The Boilermakers’ defense can be spotty. They rank near the bottom of the Big Ten in turnover differential per game and in the middle of the pack in opponents’ field goal percentage. Locking down can be an issue, but they combat that with efficiency at the other end.

Purdue Boilermakers In-Depth Analysis

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Vermont Strengths

The Catamounts are 29-5 and head into the tournament having won 21 straight games without a single player averaging more than Anthony Lamb’s 12.6 points per contest. Coach John Becker’s team has balance and gets contributions from up and down the roster. Vermont is shooting 49.6 percent to rank ninth in the nation, and its average of 61.6 points allowed per game ranks 11th. The Catamounts are efficient on both ends and could be a tough out as a double-digit seed.

Vermont Weaknesses

Although plenty of players see time, Vermont does rely heavily on its starting five. It gets away with that in the America East, but playing tough defense with a certain group getting the majority of the minutes against a power-conference team could lead to fatigue and do in the Catamounts.

Vermont Catamounts In-Depth Analysis

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Purdue vs. Vermont By The Numbers

Purdue Statistics

Scoring Margin: 13.5 (12th in the nation)
Rebounding Margin: 7.1 (17)
Turnover Margin: minus-1.0 (242)
3-Point FG Percentage: 40.6 (9)

Vermont Statistics

Scoring Margin: 12.0 (13)
Rebounding Margin: 4.0 (59)
Turnover Margin: 1.8 (66)
3-Point FG Percentage: 36.9 (86)

Purdue vs. Vermont Prediction

This is going to be a better game than some might think. Vermont is going to play tough and give Purdue a run, but the Boilermakers pull out the victory with help from another double-double from Swanigan.

Purdue vs. Vermont Score Prediction: Purdue 83, Vermont 74

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