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#6 Purdue vs #18 North Carolina Vegas Odds: The Battle of Unbeatens

  • Both teams come in with identical 3-0 records
  • Both teams put up similar offensive numbers
  • One team gives up a lot more points defensively

In the second game of the Cheez-It Hall of Fame Tip-Off, we have a battle between two unbeaten teams as the Purdue Boilermakers take on the North Carolina Tar Heels. Neither team has truly faced an opponent who is quite up to the top 64 standards, but nonetheless, they have beaten the teams on their schedule, and now they both get their first true test of the season.

Purdue Boilermakers vs North Carolina Tar Heels Schedule

  • Where: Mohegan Sun Arena, Uncasville, CT
  • When: Saturday, November 20, 4:00 PM EST
  • How to Watch: ESPNN

Purdue vs North Carolina Vegas Odds

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Purdue Looks to Stay Consistent in Their Scoring

The Purdue Boilermakers embark on their fourth game of the season when they take on the North Carolina Tar Heels this afternoon. The Boilermakers have scored at least 92 points in their first three games of the season. Yes, those opponents weren’t the Tar Heels, but as the old saying goes, you can only beat who you play on your schedule.

Purdue forward Trevion Williams (50) goes up for a shot against Wright State forward Grant Basile (00) during the second half of an NCAA men's basketball game, Tuesday, Nov. 16, 2021 at Mackey Arena in West Lafayette.

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Purdue forward Trevion Williams (50) goes up for a shot against Wright State forward Grant Basile (00) during the second half of an NCAA men’s basketball game, Tuesday, Nov. 16, 2021 at Mackey Arena in West Lafayette. Bkc Purdue Vs Wright State

The Boilermakers are averaging 94.7 points per game on 51.9% shooting from the field. The Boilermakers also are shooting 74.4% from the free-throw line and 41.7% from beyond the arch. The Boilermakers have five players who average double-digit points with center sophomore Zach Edey leading the team with 18.7 points per game. Sophomore guard Jaden Ivey adds 15.3 points per game, senior guard Sasha Stefanovic adds 13.7 points per game, sophomore guard Brandon Newman adds 12.3 points per game, and finally, senior forward Trevion Williams adds 11.7 points per game for the Boilermakers. The Boilermakers defense has been able to hold their opponents to just 62 points per game as well this season.

North Carolina Looks to Win Big

The North Carolina Tar Heels have played in a few close games this season against opponents who have no business being in contention with the Tar Heels. This can be the first of many games where the Tar Heels figure out their true identity this season.

Nov 5, 2021; Chapel Hill, NC, USA;  North Carolina Tar Heels guards Caleb Love (2) and R.J. Davis (4) and forward Brady Manek (45) react in the second half at Dean Smith Center. Mandatory Credit: Bob Donnan-USA TODAY Sports
Nov 5, 2021; Chapel Hill, NC, USA; North Carolina Tar Heels guards Caleb Love (2) and R.J. Davis (4) and forward Brady Manek (45) react in the second half at Dean Smith Center. Mandatory Credit: Bob Donnan-USA TODAY Sports

The North Carolina Tar Heels are averaging 90.3 points per game while shooting 52.8% from the field. The Tar Heels have been hurting themselves despite winning all three games this season, shooting only 69.3% from the free-throw line and just 38.7% from beyond the arch. Just like the Boilermakers, the Tar Heels have five players who average double-digits in points with their sophomore guard Caleb Love leading the team with 19 points per game. Junior forward Armando Bacot is averaging 18 points per game, Brady Manek is averaging 17 points per game, sophomore guard RJ Davis is averaging 12.7 points per game, and to round out the top scorers, the sophomore guard Kerwin Walton is averaging 10 points per game. Defensively, the Tar Heels are giving up 79 points per game.

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Despite both teams being 3-0 and both teams essentially putting up the same amount of points per game, the Boilermakers have been able to hold strong against the weak schedule and keep their opponent’s points per game down. The Boilermakers defense is going to be the difference-maker in this game.

Purdue 95 – North Carolina 82

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I’m Brian Handzel. I’m a huge baseball fan. On any given night you can catch me watching a game, whether it is MLB, MiLB, College, or local summer leagues. As my wife says, I’m obsessed with the game. I’m even a credentialed media member for the Syracuse Mets, the Triple-A affiliate of the New York Mets. When I’m not watching baseball I’m spending time with my wife and two children, and secretly trying to get them to enjoy the game as well.

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