An interesting match up awaits this Tuesday as the in-form Boilermakers play a Golden Gophers team in need of a win.
Purdue, 11th ranked team in the nation, put its five-game win streak on the line against a dangerous Minnesota team that needs a win to get off the Big Dance bubble.
Purdue has won five in a row and currently occupy first place in the Big 10. They have a half game lead over Michigan and a one game lead over Michigan in conference play.
This game could potentially wrap up the conference title for the Boilermakers, as their season finale is against Northwestern, who is in the basement of the Big 10. Purdue is balanced and led by a defense that ranks 54th in the nation only giving up an average of 66.7 ppg.
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Minnesota had lost two in a row before a win over Northwestern in their last game. At 18 wins and at 8-10 in Big 10 play they are really on the NCAA Tournament bubble.
A win over Purdue would be a terrific tonic for this team. The Golden Gophers have a solid defense and this season they are 3-6 when facing top 25 teams.
This season Minnesota is 13-3 at home and Purdue is 5-5 on the road.
This season Purdue is 16-12-1 ATS and they have an Over/Under record of 15-14 and Minnesota is at 14-15 ATS with an Over/Under record of 12-16-1.
Earlier this season at home Purdue beat Minnesota 73-63.
Purdue has not only covered the spread in eight of their last 11 games facing Minnesota, but they have covered in four of their last five games against them on the road.
In their last game Purdue was at home and won their 5th in a row laying an 86-51 beat down on Ohio State. The Boilermakers outscored the Buckeyes 48-20 in the first half and they dominated from the opening whistle shooting 55.9% from the floor while OSU only shot 33.3%. Three players scored in double figures for Purdue led by Carsen Edwards with 25 points on 9/16 shooting.
Edwards is one of only two players for Purdue averaging in double figures, but leads the Big 10 averaging 23.5 ppg and he has totaled 48 points in his last two games. While he had 17 points in the earlier win over Minnesota he was only 6/20 from the floor and missed eight of his nine 3-pointers, but the Boilermakers still won by 10 points. Ryan Kline (11.7 ppg) ranks 2nd on the team in scoring and he has only totaled 10 points in his last two games.
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Minnesota was on the road in their last game beating Northwestern 62-50. They outscored the Wildcats by 12 points in the first half and while they did not have the best shooting game with a FG% of 41.2% they played great defense holding Northwestern to 34% shooting. Amir Coffey went big going for 32 points on 12/19 shooting and also grabbing 12 rebounds and he was the only player for the Golden Gophers to scvore over seven points.
Coffey (15.2 ppg) leads four players for Minnesota averaging in double figures on the season and he had only totaled 14 points in two games before blowing up for 32 points in the last game. Jordan Murphy is the 2nd leading scorer and is averaging a double-double on the season (14.6 ppg 11.7 rpg) and he has only totaled 15 points and 14 rebounds in his last two games where is 3/10 from the floor in both.
In the earlier loss to Purdue earlier this season Minnesota only shot 42.1% from the floor and had a 3-pt FG% of only 12.5%.
Purdue Boilermakers betting trends
- 9-4-1 ATS in their last 14 games
- 2-6 ATS in their last eight games facing a team with a winning home record
- Under record of 4-1 in their last five games facing a team with a winning record
Minnesota Golden Gophers betting trends
- 6-14 ATS in their last 20 games after a win
- 5-15 ATS in their last 20 games after an ATS win
- Under record of 7-1 in their last eight games
Purdue Boilermakers vs. Minnesota Golden Gophers Odds Prediction
Purdue has not been a great road team this season (5-5), but they are more talented and deeper than Minnesota. They will get it done on defense in what will not be a high scoring game and the Boilermakers will get the win and cover the spread extending their winning streak to six games and keeping the Golden Gophers on the bubble.
Purdue Boilermakers at -5 with 5Dimes
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