The No. 5 Villanova Wildcats take on the No. 6 Purdue Boilermakers in the Hall of Fame Tip Off Tournament at Mohegan Sun Arena. Both these squads expect to be national title contenders with experienced rosters and top coaches. This could be a preview of a late NCAA Tournament round.
Villanova will be led by Collin Gillespie and Justin Moore in the backcourt. The guards are everything for this offense, which relies heavily on the three-point shot. Nova has several marksmen from deep who are clicking at the beginning of the season.
Purdue has a different approach, with center Zach Edey at the middle of the action. The big man is averaging a double-double this season and will be a force despite managing just nine points and three rebounds in the win over UNC. Jaden Ivey is a young guard to watch as well.
When: Sunday, November 21st, 1:00 p.m. ET
Where: Mohegan Sun Arena, Uncasville, Connecticut
Where to live stream online: WatchESPN App
Live updates and stats: At DraftKings Sportsbook
Spread: Purdue -2
Pick: Villanova +2
When you live and die by the three, it can come back to bite you, but, when you’re hot, you’re hot and the Villanova Wildcat guards are starting hot this season. Purdue has been dominant in the paint so far and that is how they are beating teams, by muscling their way to victory. This game should be a fun one to watch as the team’s play styles are different, and I think that Villanova puts on a shooting clinic and does enough in limiting the paint game of Purdue. What the lack in size, they make up for in tenacious defense and they have the speed to lock down the 7’4 Edey with multiple players.
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