North Carolina vs. Purdue Prediction and Pick: Which Powerhouse Will Remain Undefeated?

North Carolina Tar Heels vs. Purdue Boilermakers prediction and pick for Saturday's college basketball matchup. Jason Radowitz gives his pick for this showdown.
Jason Radowitz
Sat, November 20, 8:48 AM EST

North Carolina vs. Purdue Prediction and Pick: Which Powerhouse Will Remain Undefeated?

The Purdue Boilermakers look like one of the best teams in the country, with three massive wins against low-tier opponents. Meanwhile, North Carolina has had their struggles defensively despite being 3-0 on the year.

Today, Purdue will take on North Carolina in the Cheez-It Hall of Game Tip-Off at the Mohegan Sun Arena for a 4 pm ET showdown. These mini-tournaments are extremely fun and even better when the teams match up really well. Here are our picks and predictions for the Purdue vs. North Carolina game on Saturday, November 20.

North Carolina vs. Purdue Start Time, Where to Watch, and Odds

Date: Saturday, November 20, 2021
Game Time: 4:00 pm ET
Where To Watch: ESPNN

Click Here For UNC vs. Purdue Odds

North Carolina vs. Purdue Injury Report

Purdue: Out: Mason Gillis F (Suspension), Brain Waddell F (Knee) 

North Carolina: Questionable: Puff Johnson G (Hip)

Purdue vs. North Carolina Prediction

The Purdue Boilermakers have already proven that they’ll be one of the best teams in the nation. With three victories of 25+ deficits, Purdue is just showing off on both ends of the ball.

Via KenPom, Purdue is currently in the Top 20 in both offensive and defensive efficiency. Teams that can sustain this type of success throughout the season are usually champions at the end of the year. Still, Purdue hasn’t faced extremely tough competition, but Indiana State, for example, is no easy game. Led by center Zach Edey, the Purdue offense has an effective field goal percentage of 61.6 percent. They’re dominating the offensive glass, grabbing 46.5 percent of misses, and are getting to the line at a very high rate. Again, this is due to Edey, who is a 7-4 center averaging a double-double with 18.7 points and 10.3 rebounds per game. The Boilermakers are also knocking down 41.7 percent of long-range shots and 60.8 percent of shots inside the arc. It’s just been too easy on the offensive end for Purdue.

North Carolina can say the same on offense. Led by Caleb Love, the North Carolina Tar Heels are averaging 90.3 points per game. Love leads the team with 19 points per game, along with Armando Bacot, who is close to averaging a double-double with 18 points and 9.3 rebounds per game. The addition of Brady Manek has been helpful as well, as he’s averaging 17 points with 7.3 rebounds. I’ve basically mentioned the big three for North Carolina, and those three make up a lot of the Tar Heels’ points. North Carolina is shooting a 59.7 percent effective field goal percentage and has rarely turned the ball over so far. They’re getting to the line at a high rate and are shooting 60.5 percent inside while shooting 38.7 percent from outside.

Neither team is going to force a whole lot of turnovers. North Carolina has forced just 11.3 percent through three games, while Purdue has earned turnovers just 17.2 percent.

Therefore, we can expect plenty of shots to go up in this game between some of the best scorers in all of college basketball. So I’ll grab the over in this one and lean Purdue to cover  -6.

North Carolina Tar Heels vs. Purdue Boilermakers Pick

Jason Radowitz
@Jason_Radowitz
Jason grew up an avid sports fan. His passion for sports writing grew in high school and he developed a blog that was strictly for New York Sports. From his work, you will quickly realize that he loves looking at games from an analytical and numbers perspective and hopes to provide you with that same perspective in his articles.
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