In a March Madness Sweet 16 NCAA Tournament game, the 3-seed Purdue Boilermakers will face off with the 15-seed Saint Peter’s Peacocks in the East Region. Let’s take a look at the top college basketball betting odds, picks, bracketology, betting trends and KenPom Rankings, then give our Purdue vs Saint Peter’s prediction for the game today.
Purdue vs Saint Peter’s | March Madness Sweet 16
2022 NCAA Tournament Sweet 16
No. 3 Purdue Boilermakers (29-7) vs. No. 15 Saint Peter’s Peacocks (21-11)
Date: Friday, March 25, 2022
Time: 7:09 PM EST
Venue: Wells Fargo Center — Philadelphia, PA
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Purdue vs Saint Peter’s College Basketball Betting Picks and Odds
Moneyline: PUR: (-900) | SPU: (+650)
Point Spread: PUR: -12.5 (-110) | SPU: +12.5 (-110)
Total: 135 — Over: (-110) | Under: (-110)
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KenPom Rankings | Bracketology
KenPom Rankings are from KenPom.com
Purdue vs Saint Peter’s College Basketball Betting Trends
- Boilermakers are just 1-5-2 ATS in their last eight games following a straight up win.
- Boilermakers are 2-8-2 ATS in their last 12 games overall.
- Five of the Boilermakers’ last six NCAA Tournament games have gone OVER the total.
- Peacocks are 7-0 ATS in their last seven neutral site games as an underdog.
- Peacocks are 4-0 ATS in their last four games against teams with a winning percentage above .600.
- The total has gone OVER in each of the Peacocks’ last four neutral site games as an underdog.
Purdue vs Saint Peter’s Prediction | March Madness Sweet 16 Picks
The true David vs Goliath matchup of the Sweet 16 features the highest power-rated team from the Big Ten Conference in Purdue against tiny St. Peter’s from the MAAC. Just how shocking was it that the Peacocks managed to upset both Kentucky and Murray State last week? Well, consider that St. Peter’s couldn’t even afford to fly their cheerleaders out to Indianapolis for last weekend’s games. Peacock TV actually picked up the tab for the university!
Nonetheless, the Peacocks are among the final 16 teams left standing in the NCAA Tournament. This marks the second straight year that a 15-seed has advanced to the regional semifinals. While the betting public is typically all about the favorites, there is nothing quite like a March Madness underdog story. As such, it’s no surprise to see 75% of spread bets backing St. Peter’s.
While Purdue has not been immune to disappointing NCAA Tournament upsets in recent years, the best betting angle for this game figures to be the total. Jaden Ivey leads a lethal Boilermakers offense that ranks third in the country in adjusted efficiency according to KenPom. However, the Boilermakers don’t play at a very fast pace. In fact, both Purdue and St. Peter’s average similarly slow adjusted tempos.
From the Peacocks’ side of things, SPU quietly boasts a top-30 defensive efficiency ranking. While last weekend’s heroics by Doug Edert and leading scorer Daryl Banks III were remarkable, the Peacocks are highly unlikely to shoot over 50% from the field collectively on Friday as they did against Kentucky.
Our college basketball betting Purdue vs Saint Peter’s prediction tonight will be UNDER 135 at BetUS.
For what it’s worth, the ESPN Matchup Predictor gives Purdue a 90.6% chance to win.