Purdue vs St. Peter's: Preview & Prediction

    
March 15th, 2011
(3) Purdue vs. (14) Saint Peter's

Southwest Region - Chicago

March 18 - 7:20 TNT

 

Purdue taking on Saint Peter's could be a half-court slugfest as both teams are very good defensive teams. The story of John Dunne's senior-led squad is one that's been told numerous times since their win in the MAAC Tournament. Their nucleus won five games as freshmen, and the climb from that valley to the NCAA Tournament has been a long and sometimes painful one. But in a matchup like this the edge tends to go to the team with more pro-level talents, and in center JaJuan Johnson the Boilermakers have one of the nation's best. E'Twaun Moore has been outstanding all season as well, but if Purdue is to get to Houston some of their supporting cast members will need to have an impact.

 

CHN Team Capsules (w/ stats, records, and rankings):

Purdue

St. Peter's

 

Stars to Watch:

F JaJuan Johnson (Purdue)

G Wesley Jenkins (Saint Peter's)

 

Vegas Odds:

Purdue -15

 

Predictions:

RealTimeRPI: Purdue 70 - St. Peter's 59

KenPom: Purdue 69 - St. Peter's 54

CollegeHoops.net Betting Pick: Purdue

 

Faces Winner Of: Georgetown vs USC/VCU