A big match-up in this game will be between the two big men on these teams. Purdue’s 7-foot center, A.J. Hammonds leads the Boilermakers in points (11.8 PPG), rebounds (6.5 RPG) and blocks (2.9 BPG).
Octavius Ellis is listed at 6’10’’ he’s the leader on the Bearcats. Ellis leads Cincinnati in scoring (10.0 PPG), rebounding (7.3 RPG) and blocks (2.1 BPG). The battle between these two will decide the game.
Purdue also have more depth, as all of their starters average 8.6 PPG or higher, whereas Cincy only have a total of three players scoring 8.6 PPG or higher, so Purdue just have too many edges.
Sure, Cincinnati play great defense, but it hasn’t worked for them in recent years in the big dance and I don’t expect that’ll change. I’m all over the Boilermakers in the second round.
Eric has been a sports journalist for over 20 years and has travelled the world covering top sporting events for a number of publications. He also has a passion for betting and uses his in-depth knowledge of the sports world to pinpoint outstanding odds and value betting opportunities.
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