The No. 19 Purdue Boilermakers (3-0) will be at home in Mackey Arena when they meet the Fairfield Stags (2-0). The games Over/Under (O/U) has been set at 154.5 points with Purdue opening as a 23-point favorite. Tip-off is scheduled for 7 p.m. ET on Saturday, November 18, 2017.
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In the Stags last contest, they defeated the Loyola Maryland Greyhounds, 64-52. Matija Milin led Fairfield in scoring with 18 points on 7-for-10 shooting. Fairfield dominated every facet of the game. They had a free throw rate of 0.293 and an offensive rebounding percentage of 29.3. For those same stats, Loyola Maryland was 0.161 and 17.5, respectively.
The Boilermakers will look to keep it rolling after defeating the Marquette Golden Eagles in their last contest, 86-71. Purdue rallied around Isaac Haas, who led the team in scoring with 22 points on 8-for-14 shooting. Purdue dominated every facet of the game. They had an offensive rebounding percentage of 29.2 and a free throw rate of 0.321. For those same stats, Marquette recorded marks of 18.2 and 0.246, respectively.
The high-octane offense of Purdue will square off against the mid-tier defense of Fairfield. Dating back to last season, the Boilermakers rank 19th in offensive efficiency, while the Stags are 133rd in defensive efficiency. The Boilermakers figure to have the edge on that end of the court. Moreover, second chance points could be rare for the Stags. They rank 317th in the nation in offensive rebounding percentage at 24.5 percent, while the Boilermakers have been 23rd-best on the defensive glass (defensive rebounding percentage of 75.0 percent).
The Stags have had records of 18-14 straight up (SU) and 16-11 against the spread (ATS) since last season. Games featuring Fairfield have finished under the projected point total 59.3 percent of the time since last season.
The Boilermakers, meanwhile, are 28-7 SU and 21-11-2 ATS since last season. Over that same period, Purdues games have gone over the O/U total 58.8 percent of the time.
Fairfield Stags at Purdue Boilermakers ATS Prediction
Predictions: SU Winner – Purdue, ATS Winner – Purdue, O/U – Under
Betting Notes (2016-Present):
- The Stags rank 24th in blocks allowed per game (2.5) while the Boilermakers rank 84th (3.0).
- Fairfield ranks 225th in steals per game (5.4) while Purdue ranks 233rd (5.3).
- Purdue ranks 15th in rebounds allowed per game (31.0) while Fairfield ranks 276th (38.1).
- The Stags rank 37th in three pointers attempted per game (24.9) while the Boilermakers rank 169th in three pointers allowed per game (21.3).
- Purdue ranks second in assists per game (18.6) while Fairfield ranks 101st in assists allowed per game (12.5).