Texas superior to this recreation by beating a red-hot Virginia Tech workforce of their opening-round matchup. They scored 81 factors in opposition to the Hokies, a uncommon offensive explosion from the Longhorns. The Boilermakers obtained by Yale with ease of their first-round contest. It was good to see them not play all the way down to the competitors.
All through the season, the Longhorns have proved to be the most effective defensive groups within the nation. Enjoying within the Huge 12, they’ve actually confronted big-time competitors, however even groups like Kansas and Baylor don’t play with as a lot measurement because the Boilermakers. Of their win in opposition to Virginia Tech, they began a lineup with no participant over 6-foot-7, which is a tricky option to attempt to include Purdue.
The Boilermakers may not have scored as many factors as I believed they might in opposition to Yale, however they nonetheless took it to the smaller Bulldogs. The Boilermakers went to the free-throw line 33 occasions and made 28. By comparability, Yale made solely six free throws, and when there’s a discrepancy like that it’s robust to make issues up elsewhere. They’re going to have plenty of benefits they’ll exploit in opposition to Texas too.
Texas Longhorns (22-11) vs. Purdue Boilermakers (28-7)
Sunday, March 20, 2022
8:40 p.m. ET
Fiserv Discussion board
Unfold: Longhorns +3.5 (-110), Boilermakers -3.5 (-110)
Moneyline: Longhorns +135, Boilermakers -165
The Longhorns usually are not going to be intimidated by the dimensions of the Boilermakers. That does not imply they’ve a plan to match up with it, although.
Purdue guard Jaden Ivey is more likely to have a tough time in opposition to Texas’ sturdy perimeter protection, however so long as he doesn’t attempt to do an excessive amount of, Purdue ought to win and advance. Even when he does, he typically finds a option to the rim along with his superlative athleticism.
The keys to the sport for Purdue may be the extra unsung gamers like guard Eric Hunter and wing shooter Sasha Stefanovic, a few perimeter gamers who ought to see loads of open seems to be with the protection centered on Ivey and Zach Edey. Stefanovic made solely 2-of-Eight from deep in opposition to Yale, however he has proved all through his profession that he could make pictures, particularly the dagger sort. Normally, the larger the sport the extra you may rely on him.
Additionally, even when the Longhorns can discover a option to sluggish the 7-foot-Four Edey down, I’m uncertain they’ll even have success in opposition to the Boilermakers’ different large, Trevion Williams. He provides Purdue a special sort of look inside and is such an excellent passer that typically the offense is best with him on the ground regardless that Edey is without doubt one of the best offensive gamers within the nation.
Purdue has its defensive lapses, however Texas is a good opponent for them as a result of they not often get issues happening offense. After a recreation the place Texas’ offense really had some move, it’s exhausting to anticipate one other sturdy offensive recreation in opposition to a high-quality workforce like Purdue.
The Boilermakers’ late-season struggles make them a buy-low candidate proper now. The entire early event chaos makes them a pleasant futures play too. The Longhorns obtained the win to keep away from disappointment however, it seems to be like their season is finished.