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Valparaiso vs. Purdue 12/4/2020 College Basketball Picks, Prediction, and Preview

Valparaiso takes on Purdue on 12/4/2020 at 7:00PM.

Valparaiso and Purdue face off in an regular season game for both teams as every game in this shortened College Basketball season with limited or no fans in attendance means more. Valparaiso has a record of 0-2 this season. Purdue is 2-1 this season. Both have players to meet and know.

The Valparaiso Roster

The Players to Watch for Valparaiso

Donovan Clay 6-7 205 Guard

Donovan Clay has a 13.4 Player Efficiency Rate (PER) this season. In the grand scheme of things, he is an average College Basketball player this season as far as his contributions are concerned. His participation rate is average on the floor, he is not expected to carry the load in any way.

Offensive Breakdown

Donovan Clay attempted 0.455% of his shots from three point range. This season, he does not stand out as a player who attempted a lot of shots from downtown. Donovan Clay shot 0.2% from long range this season. He comes into this season viewed as a poor three point shooter. Donovan Clay shot 0.667% inside the perimeter. He is a solid finisher at the rim and his shot selection is generally strong inside the perimeter. His ability to score is not necessarily anything to behold and amassing points in his case is a matter of volume rather than efficiency.

This season, when shots were missed, Donovan Clay is certainly not there to help his team get a second chance opportunity.His ability to distribute the ball to his teammates is on-par with others in College Basketball. He is an average player when it comes to his ability to avoid committing turnovers.

Defensive Breakdown

Donovan Clay has shown that he may be an elite defensive player going into this season and the expectation is that it should not change. He does not put an effort to attacking the glass and pulling down rebounds. A strong shot-blocker who must be accounted for by opponents looking to attack the basket or post up on him. A capable enough defender to be disruptive, but Donovan Clay is inconsistent in his efforts to get steals.

Daniel Sackey 5-9 175 Guard

Daniel Sackey has a 12.2 Player Efficiency Rate (PER) this season. In the grand scheme of things, he is an average College Basketball player this season as far as his contributions are concerned. He is not a very active participant on the floor. He may even be considered just a screener or a warm body out there.

Offensive Breakdown

Daniel Sackey attempted 0.0% of his shots from three point range. He is not considered a frequent shooter from three point range. He made nan% of his three point shots fired this season. He is a sharpshooter from long range and his ability to shoot three point shots must be respected. He made 0.438% of his two point shots attempted this season. He is not a remarkable scorer inside the perimeter. He is not efficient in his scoring attempts regardless of where it takes place.

His ability to crash the boards on the offensive end is average.He is one of the best at creating scoring opportunities for his teammates. He is a turnover prone player and he is a target for defenses. Playing more physical against him or making sure to jump his passes may be a good idea.

Defensive Breakdown

Daniel Sackey has shown that he may be an elite defensive player going into this season and the expectation is that it should not change. He does not put an effort to attacking the glass and pulling down rebounds. He is not a shot blocker. An aggressive defender who is among the best at successfully forcing live ball turnovers in every which way. He learned the Art of the Steal.

Ben Krikke 6-9 220 Forward

Ben Krikke sports a 14.3 Player Efficiency Rate (PER) this season. In the grand scheme of things, he is an average College Basketball player this season as far as his contributions are concerned. His participation rate is average on the floor, he is not expected to carry the load in any way.

Offensive Breakdown

Ben Krikke this season has 0.133% of his shots attempted from 3 point range He is not considered a frequent shooter from three point range. Ben Krikke shot 0.0% from long range this season. He comes into this season viewed as a poor three point shooter. Ben Krikke shot 0.692% inside the perimeter. He gets his work done inside the restricted arc and has shown a strong ability to finish at the rim while showing great restraint to avoid less optimal shots. When he puts up a shot, there is meaning to it. It is of great consequence and he is able to score.

This season, when shots were missed, Ben Krikke is certainly not there to help his team get a second chance opportunity.He is not known for his ability to distribute the ball to his teammates. He is an average player when it comes to his ability to avoid committing turnovers.

Defensive Breakdown

Ben Krikke has shown that he may be an elite defensive player going into this season and the expectation is that it should not change. He does not put an effort to attacking the glass and pulling down rebounds. A strong shot-blocker who must be accounted for by opponents looking to attack the basket or post up on him. Watch out on the passing lanes, he will use his length and athleticism to force turnovers. He may even pick your pocket, opponents should be wary.

Mileek McMillan 6-8 230 Forward

Mileek McMillan sports a 6.0 Player Efficiency Rate (PER) this season. This season, he is a bit of a non-factor on the floor. The hope is that this season he can improve and show what he can do. Few teams have a player like him to take on that much of the workload.

Offensive Breakdown

Mileek McMillan this season has 0.421% of his shots attempted from 3 point range This season, he does not stand out as a player who attempted a lot of shots from downtown. He made 0.5% of his three point shots fired this season. He is considered an above-average three point shooter and a threat who must be contained on the perimeter. He made 0.364% of his two point shots attempted this season. He is very inefficient inside the perimeter taking long jump shots and not showing an ability to finish at the rim. His ability to score is not necessarily anything to behold and amassing points in his case is a matter of volume rather than efficiency.

His ability to crash the boards on the offensive end is average.He is not known for his ability to distribute the ball to his teammates. His inability to prevent himself from committing turnovers is a massive liability for his team.

Defensive Breakdown

Mileek McMillan has shown that he may be an elite defensive player going into this season and the expectation is that it should not change. He is a leader in his conference as a defensive rebounder. He is not a shot blocker. He is also not very adept at being defensively disruptive and forcing live ball turnovers.

Sheldon Edwards 6-4 180 Guard

Sheldon Edwards sports a -1.4 Player Efficiency Rate (PER) this season. This season, he is a bit of a non-factor on the floor. The hope is that this season he can improve and show what he can do. He is considered one of the key players on the floor when he is out there playing.

Offensive Breakdown

Sheldon Edwards attempted 0.667% of his shots from three point range. It makes very little sense to give him space on the perimeter, opponents should be getting in his face. Sheldon Edwards shot 0.1% from long range this season. He comes into this season viewed as a poor three point shooter. He made 0.4% of his two point shots attempted this season. He is very inefficient inside the perimeter taking long jump shots and not showing an ability to finish at the rim. He is not efficient in his scoring attempts regardless of where it takes place.

This season, when shots were missed, Sheldon Edwards is certainly not there to help his team get a second chance opportunity.He is a stronger distributor than most that is for sure, but he is not among the elite. He is among the best in the country at not turning the ball over.

Defensive Breakdown

Sheldon Edwards has shown that he may be an elite defensive player going into this season and the expectation is that it should not change. He is an average defensive rebounder who is serviceable in his role. A strong shot-blocker who must be accounted for by opponents looking to attack the basket or post up on him. A capable enough defender to be disruptive, but Sheldon Edwards is inconsistent in his efforts to get steals.

The Purdue Roster

The Players to Watch for Purdue

Brandon Newman 6-5 190 Guard

Brandon Newman sports a 21.6 Player Efficiency Rate (PER) this season. There is potential for much more this season than his campaign this season. Consider that he is one of the better players in the conference and he can mean much more. His participation rate is average on the floor, he is not expected to carry the load in any way.

Offensive Breakdown

Brandon Newman attempted 0.5% of his shots from three point range. He is considered one of the more frequent three point shooters in the conference. Brandon Newman shot 0.471% from long range this season. He is considered an above-average three point shooter and a threat who must be contained on the perimeter. He made 0.529% of his two point shots attempted this season. He is not a remarkable scorer inside the perimeter. When he puts up a shot, there is meaning to it. It is of great consequence and he is able to score.

His ability to crash the boards on the offensive end is average.His ability to distribute the ball to his teammates is on-par with others in College Basketball. He is among the best in the country at not turning the ball over.

Defensive Breakdown

Brandon Newman has shown that he may be an elite defensive player going into this season and the expectation is that it should not change. He does not put an effort to attacking the glass and pulling down rebounds. His ability to block shots is generally unimportant, it is not an important part of his defensive game. A capable enough defender to be disruptive, but Brandon Newman is inconsistent in his efforts to get steals.

Sasha Stefanovic 6-4 195 Guard

Sasha Stefanovic has a 21.5 Player Efficiency Rate (PER) this season. There is potential for much more this season than his campaign this season. Consider that he is one of the better players in the conference and he can mean much more. He is not a very active participant on the floor. He may even be considered just a screener or a warm body out there.

Offensive Breakdown

Sasha Stefanovic attempted 0.818% of his shots from three point range. It makes very little sense to give him space on the perimeter, opponents should be getting in his face. Sasha Stefanovic shot 0.611% from long range this season. He is a sharpshooter from long range and his ability to shoot three point shots must be respected. He made 0.0% of his two point shots attempted this season. He is very inefficient inside the perimeter taking long jump shots and not showing an ability to finish at the rim. He is among the most efficient in his ability to score. As a shooter regardless of where he is, he makes something damaging happen for opponents.

This season, when shots were missed, Sasha Stefanovic is certainly not there to help his team get a second chance opportunity.He is a stronger distributor than most that is for sure, but he is not among the elite. He is among the best in the country at not turning the ball over.

Defensive Breakdown

Sasha Stefanovic has shown that he may be an elite defensive player going into this season and the expectation is that it should not change. He does not put an effort to attacking the glass and pulling down rebounds. He is not a shot blocker. He is also not very adept at being defensively disruptive and forcing live ball turnovers.

Isaiah Thompson 6-1 165 Guard

Isaiah Thompson has a 14.5 Player Efficiency Rate (PER) this season. In the grand scheme of things, he is an average College Basketball player this season as far as his contributions are concerned. He is not a very active participant on the floor. He may even be considered just a screener or a warm body out there.

Offensive Breakdown

Isaiah Thompson attempted 0.632% of his shots from three point range. It makes very little sense to give him space on the perimeter, opponents should be getting in his face. He made 0.5% of his three point shots fired this season. He is considered an above-average three point shooter and a threat who must be contained on the perimeter. Isaiah Thompson shot 0.571% inside the perimeter. He is not a remarkable scorer inside the perimeter. He is among the most efficient in his ability to score. As a shooter regardless of where he is, he makes something damaging happen for opponents.

This season, when shots were missed, Isaiah Thompson is certainly not there to help his team get a second chance opportunity.He is a stronger distributor than most that is for sure, but he is not among the elite. He is a turnover prone player and he is a target for defenses. Playing more physical against him or making sure to jump his passes may be a good idea.

Defensive Breakdown

Isaiah Thompson has shown that he may be an elite defensive player going into this season and the expectation is that it should not change. He does not put an effort to attacking the glass and pulling down rebounds. He is not a shot blocker. A capable enough defender to be disruptive, but Isaiah Thompson is inconsistent in his efforts to get steals.

Aaron Wheeler 6-9 205 Forward

Aaron Wheeler sports a 13.8 Player Efficiency Rate (PER) this season. In the grand scheme of things, he is an average College Basketball player this season as far as his contributions are concerned. He is not a very active participant on the floor. He may even be considered just a screener or a warm body out there.

Offensive Breakdown

Aaron Wheeler attempted 0.5% of his shots from three point range. He is considered one of the more frequent three point shooters in the conference. Aaron Wheeler shot 0.333% from long range this season. This season, he would be considered an average three point shooter. Aaron Wheeler shot 0.667% inside the perimeter. He is a solid finisher at the rim and his shot selection is generally strong inside the perimeter. His ability to score is not necessarily anything to behold and amassing points in his case is a matter of volume rather than efficiency.

You can expect him to crash the boards on a consistent basis on the offensive end, his success is better than most. His ability to distribute the ball to his teammates is on-par with others in College Basketball. He is a turnover prone player and he is a target for defenses. Playing more physical against him or making sure to jump his passes may be a good idea.

Defensive Breakdown

Aaron Wheeler has shown that he may be an elite defensive player going into this season and the expectation is that it should not change. Windex has found their new pitchman and his abilities on the defensive glass certainly warrant such a Dick Vitale-ism. A strong shot-blocker who must be accounted for by opponents looking to attack the basket or post up on him. A capable enough defender to be disruptive, but Aaron Wheeler is inconsistent in his efforts to get steals.

Trevion Williams 6-9 270 Forward

Trevion Williams sports a 15.9 Player Efficiency Rate (PER) this season. In the grand scheme of things, he is an average College Basketball player this season as far as his contributions are concerned. Few teams have a player like him to take on that much of the workload.

Offensive Breakdown

Trevion Williams attempted 0.0% of his shots from three point range. He is not considered a frequent shooter from three point range. Trevion Williams shot nan% from long range this season. He is a sharpshooter from long range and his ability to shoot three point shots must be respected. Trevion Williams shot 0.367% inside the perimeter. He is very inefficient inside the perimeter taking long jump shots and not showing an ability to finish at the rim. He is not efficient in his scoring attempts regardless of where it takes place.

He is one of the best at creating second chance scoring opportunities in the country, his ability to grab offensive rebounds is very difficult to beat. He is one of the best at creating scoring opportunities for his teammates. He is a turnover prone player and he is a target for defenses. Playing more physical against him or making sure to jump his passes may be a good idea.

Defensive Breakdown

Trevion Williams has shown that he may be an elite defensive player going into this season and the expectation is that it should not change. Windex has found their new pitchman and his abilities on the defensive glass certainly warrant such a Dick Vitale-ism. He is one of the best shot-blockers in College Basketball, opponents have to game plan around him and he is an insurance policy of sorts for his team on the defensive end. This may enable them to take more risks defensively knowing he can erase shots. A capable enough defender to be disruptive, but Trevion Williams is inconsistent in his efforts to get steals.

Valparaiso vs. Purdue Prediction, Picks, and Odds


Prediction: Valparaiso 58 Purdue 85

Spread Pick: Purdue -16.5 -107 Pinnacle Sports
Total Pick: Over 140.5 -115 BetOnline