(6) Purdue will get their first test of the season against (18) North Carolina. Purdue is coming off a 96-52 win against Wright State with Zack Edey their best player so far this season with 18 points in 18 minutes. While (18) North Carolina is coming off a road test against Charleston and won 94-83 and they were led by sophomore Dawson Garcia who had a double-double of 24 points and 12 rebounds.
What’s at Shake?
Purdue will come into the Cheez-It Hall of Fame tournament with the 3-0 swag and blowing out each opponent by at least 20 points. The Boilermakers will be led by double-double machines of Zack Edey and Caleb Furst. Both of these guys are not even in their junior years and are feeling great. One player to look out for is Trevon Williams and in the last game against Wright State got 20 points in 20 minutes, which is rare. He will most likely play the sixth man role for Purdue on Saturday.
North Carolina will try to prove themselves against a top-six team in the country of Purdue. The Tar Heels did not shoot well from the three-point line, with their best three-point shooter coming off the bench, the sophomore Kerwin Walton, with four threes made against Charleston. The two guys to watch out for are Armando, averaging near a double-double with 18 points and nine rebounds. The other guy is Caleb Love, who is on my must-watch players’ list.
Must Watch Players
Zack Edey: Edey has been unstoppable so far this season with averaging 18 points and 10 rebounds so far this season. Look for Zack to get challenged early by Armando Bacot early in the game. But I believe Edey will get the final word.
Caleb Love: Mr. Love enters Saturday’s matchup with averaging 19 points team-high. Love will be the player that will lead to the possible upset over Purdue.
Starting Lineup Projection
|Purdue Starting Lineup||North Carolina Starting Lineup|
|Guard: Sasha Stefanovic||Guard: Leaky Black|
|Guard: Isaiah Thompson||Guard: Caleb Love|
|Guard: Jaden Ivey||Guard: R.J. Davis|
|Forward: Caleb Furst||Forward: Dawson Garcia|
|Center: Zach Edey||Forward: Armando Bacot|
Purdue will dominate in the paint and will get at least 40 rebounds against North Carolina. Purdue will go on to face the winner of Villanova and Tennessee.
(6) Purdue 92 (18) North Carolina 85
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