Texas Longhorns (22-11) vs. Purdue Boilermakers (28-7)
March 20, 2022 8:40 pm EDT
The Line: Purdue Boilermakers -3.5 / Texas Longhorns +3.5; Over/Under: -133.5
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The Purdue Boilermakers and the Texas Longhorns meet in an NCAA tournament second round matchup in college basketball action from the Fiserv Forum on Sunday night.
The Texas Longhorns punched their ticket to the second round thanks to an 81-73 win over Virginia Tech last time out. Andrew Jones had 21 points on 7 of 11 shooting with 5 threes while Marcus Carr had 15 points on 6 of 11 shooting with 3 threes and a team-high 9 assists. Timmy Allen had 14 points with 6 boards while Christian Bishop added 11 points and Courtney Ramey had 10 points to cap off the scoring in double digits for the Longhorns in the winning effort.
The Purdue Boilermakers will try to add to the 78-58 win over Yale from their first round matchup that propelled them into this game. Jaden Ivey led the Boilers in scoring with 22 points on 6 of 13 shooting while Zach Edey had 16 points with 9 rebounds and Caleb Furst added 10 points to cap off the trio of double-digit scorers for Purdue in the win. Trevion Williams also had 8 points with team-highs of 4 assists and 10 rebounds and Sasha Stefanovic had 4 assists of his own.
Texas is 1-10 ATS in their last 11 NCAA tournament games and 1-6 ATS in their last 7 games overall while the under is 5-0 in their last 5 neutral site games as an underdog. Purdue is 1-8-2 ATS in their last 11 games overall and 0-5-2 ATS in their last 7 games following a win while the under is 6-1 in their last 7 games as a favorite.
I get the allure of points with Texas after demolishing Virginia Tech, but I simply think Texas caught a break and that Virginia Tech fell apart in the second half before waking up again but by that point it was too late for the Hokies. I look for Purdue to use their size to take it to Texas inside and to bag a win and cover in this one to head to the sweet 16.