Purdue and Grambling square off in opening round of NCAA Tournament

Thu, Mar 21, 2024
NCAAB News (AP)

Purdue and Grambling square off in opening round of NCAA Tournament

Grambling Tigers (21-14, 17-4 SWAC) vs. Purdue Boilermakers (29-4, 18-4 Big Ten)

Indianapolis; Friday, 7:25 p.m. EDT

FANDUEL SPORTSBOOK LINE: Boilermakers -26; over/under is 139

BOTTOM LINE: No. 3 Purdue faces Grambling in the opening round of the NCAA Tournament.

The Boilermakers have gone 18-4 against Big Ten opponents, with an 11-0 record in non-conference play. Purdue ranks eighth in the Big Ten at limiting opponent scoring, giving up 70.2 points while holding opponents to 41.9% shooting.

The Tigers are 17-4 against SWAC opponents. Grambling ranks second in the SWAC scoring 32.1 points per game in the paint led by Jalen Johnson averaging 5.0.

Purdue makes 48.8% of its shots from the field this season, which is 5.3 percentage points higher than Grambling has allowed to its opponents (43.5%). Grambling has shot at a 44.2% clip from the field this season, 2.3 percentage points above the 41.9% shooting opponents of Purdue have averaged.

TOP PERFORMERS: Zach Edey is scoring 24.4 points per game and averaging 11.7 rebounds for the Boilermakers. Mason Gillis is averaging 2.2 made 3-pointers over the last 10 games.

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Tra'Michael Moton averages 1.2 made 3-pointers per game for the Tigers, scoring 11.6 points while shooting 37.1% from beyond the arc. Jourdan Smith is shooting 53.8% and averaging 13.5 points over the last 10 games.

LAST 10 GAMES: Boilermakers: 8-2, averaging 78.9 points, 38.8 rebounds, 17.9 assists, 5.7 steals and 3.0 blocks per game while shooting 47.4% from the field. Their opponents have averaged 70.5 points per game.

Tigers: 9-1, averaging 73.2 points, 34.0 rebounds, 11.4 assists, 6.8 steals and 3.9 blocks per game while shooting 47.4% from the field. Their opponents have averaged 66.9 points.

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The Associated Press created this story using technology provided by Data Skrive and data from Sportradar.

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