No. 9 Purdue Boilermakers have slid down from a projected one-seed in the National Tournament down to a two-seed in some experts’ mock seedings, but they remain a dangerous opponent for any team. They will look to end their regular season campaign on a positive note as they welcome the also struggling Minnesota Golden Gophers at home this Sunday. Register to bet and wager with your pick.
Betting Preview for the Minnesota Golden Gophers vs Purdue Boilermakers College Basketball Game on February 25, 2018
Where: Mackey Arena
When: Sunday, February 25, 4:00PM EST
Line: Minnesota Golden Gophers () vs Purdue Boilermakers ()–view all NCAA Basketball lines
TV Broadcast: FS1
Betting on the Minnesota Golden Gophers (15-15)
The Golden Gophers are very unlikely to be part of March Madness, but it can hurt Purdue’s quest for a one-seed in the Big Dance some more. If the Golden Gophers are going to do that, then they need their offense to be sharp. They are averaging 76.0 points per game on a 43.4 percent shooting percentage. That’s not sharp enough to pose that big of a threat to Purdue’s defense, but that’s where their rebounding comes in. Minnesota is 24th in the nation with 38.8 rebounds per game and 69th in offensive rebounding with 9.9. So long as the Golden Gophers are getting second-chances, they should be able to hang with Purdue.
Defensively, Minnesota is allowing 74.9 points per game. Jordan Murphy leads the team with a double-double average of 17.3 points and 11.4 rebounds per contest.
Minnesota is 2-1 ATS in its last three games against Purdue.
Betting on the Purdue Boilermakers (24-5)
Purdue has not been in a great shape of late, but the Boilermakers’ struggles pale in comparison to that of Minnesota, which has absorbed so much losing in conference play. In any case, Purdue should be happy to play its lasts regular season game at home, where the Boilermakers are 8-2 SU and 7-2-1 ATS in their last 10 games there against Minnesota. In their last game at Mackey Arena, the Boilermakers beat Penn State 76-73 with Carsen Edwards dropping 27 points while Dakota Mathias chipped in 18 points. Edwards tops the Boilermaker with 17.4 points per game. The Boilermakers, however, allowed the Nittany Lions to shoot 50 percent from the field, which did not look good from a defensive standpoint. Having said that, they forced Penn State to commit 15 turnovers. Purdue is scoring 81.2 points per game and is shooting 49.3 percent from the field and 41.7 percent from beyond the arc.
Purdue wins, 78-69.
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