North Carolina vs. Purdue line, picks: Advanced computer college basketball model releases selections for Saturday showdown
The No. 18 North Carolina Tar Heels face the No. 6 Purdue Boilermakers as part of the 2021 Cheez-It Hall of Fame Tip-Off at 4 p.m. ET on Saturday. Purdue is favored by 7.5 points at Caesars Sportsbook, while the Over-Under is set at 152 (see up-to-date odds for every game this week on our college basketball odds page).
Before making any North Carolina vs. Purdue picks, you NEED to check out the college basketball predictions from the SportsLine Projection Model.
The SportsLine Projection Model simulates every Division I college basketball game 10,000 times. Over the past five-plus years, the proprietary computer model has generated an impressive profit of almost $2,100 for $100 players on its top-rated college basketball picks against the spread. Anyone who has followed it has seen HUGE returns.
The model knows North Carolina has intriguing returning talent, with standouts in Caleb Love, Armando Bacot and Oklahoma transfer Brady Manek. The Tar Heels rank in the top 20 nationally in offensive efficiency, and North Carolina is converting 60.5 percent of 2-point shots and 38.7 percent of 3-point shots. North Carolina is also incredibly physical, ranking in the top 15 nationally in free throw attempt rate and grabbing 79.8 percent of available defensive rebounds.
The model also knows Purdue is a dominant, two-way team. The Boilermakers are outscoring opponents by more than 30 points per game, and Purdue is No. 2 in the country in offensive efficiency. Purdue overwhelms the opposition with size, grabbing 46.5 percent of rebounds on the offensive glass and making 60.8 percent of 2-point attempts. The Boilermakers are also a top-30 team in free throw attempt rate, and Purdue is a top-20 defense that is elite in securing the defensive glass by grabbing 80.3 percent of rebounds.
Now, it has set its sights on North Carolina vs. Purdue. We can tell you the model is leaning under the total, and it also says one side of the spread hits in 60 percent of simulations! You ABSOLUTELY need to see it before locking in any college basketball picks.
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