NCAAB: Minnesota at Purdue Boilermakers Predictions – Thursday, Feb. 15

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We have your Minnesota Golden Gophers vs. Purdue Boilermakers prop betting and game preview needs covered as the Minnesota Golden Gophers hit the road to face the Purdue Boilermakers.

The Purdue Boilermakers (22-2) are set to host the Minnesota Golden Gophers (15-8) in a Big Ten showdown at Mackey Arena. With Purdue on a 14-game winning streak and Minnesota looking to rebound from a recent loss, this matchup is primed to be a battle of resilience and strategy.

Minnesota Golden Gophers vs. Purdue Boilermakers Odds Info

Moneyline: Minnesota Golden Gophers +1000 (DraftKings) / Purdue Boilermakers -1650 (DraftKings)

Spread: -16.5 – Minnesota Golden Gophers -102 (FanDuel) / Purdue Boilermakers -110 (BetRivers)

Total: 147.0 – -110 (BetRivers) / -109 (BetRivers)

Game Info

Date: Thursday, Feb. 15

Time: 08:30 PM

Location: Mackey Arena – West Lafayette, IN


Minnesota Golden Gophers Betting Trends

  • On the road, Minnesota Golden Gophers are 2 and 4 this season.
  • Against the spread this season, Minnesota Golden Gophers are 20 and 3.
  • Against the spread on the road, Minnesota Golden Gophers are 5 and 2.

Purdue Boilermakers Betting Trends

  • At home, Purdue Boilermakers are 12 and 0 this season.
  • Against the spread this season, Purdue Boilermakers are 14 and 8.
  • Against the spread at home, Purdue Boilermakers are 8 and 5.

Minnesota Golden Gophers vs. Purdue Boilermakers Predictions

The Purdue Boilermakers, ranked second in the nation, are riding high on a formidable 14-game winning streak, showcasing their dominance in the Big Ten with an impressive 11-2 conference record. The Boilermakers’ offense is firing on all cylinders, averaging 85.1 points per game, which ranks them eighth in the nation. They are led by the towering presence of center Zach Edey, who is not only a scoring machine with 23.2 points per game but also a force on the boards, pulling down 11.7 rebounds per game. Purdue’s ability to distribute the ball effectively is evident with their 18.3 assists per game, making them a well-rounded threat on offense.

On the other side, the Minnesota Golden Gophers are looking to make a statement after a mixed start to February. With a 6-6 record in conference play, the Gophers have shown they can compete, led by forward Dawson Garcia who averages 17.3 points and 6.6 rebounds per game. Minnesota also excels in ball movement, leading the Big Ten with 18.4 assists per game, thanks to guard Elijah Hawkins’ nation-leading 7.6 assists per game. However, the Gophers will need to step up their game defensively, as they face a Purdue team that shoots 49.1% from the field, ranking 18th in the nation.

The key matchup to watch will be the battle inside between Purdue’s Edey and Minnesota’s Garcia. Edey’s size and scoring ability present a significant challenge for the Gophers’ defense, which will need to find a way to contain him without sacrificing perimeter defense against a Boilermaker team that shoots 40.0% from beyond the arc. For Minnesota to have a chance at an upset, they’ll need to leverage their own offensive strengths while finding a way to slow down Purdue’s high-powered offense. As both teams prepare to face off, it’s clear that Purdue’s home-court advantage and offensive prowess make them the favorites, but Minnesota’s resilience and playmaking could lead to a competitive and thrilling game.

Minnesota Golden Gophers vs. Purdue Boilermakers Pick

The Purdue Boilermakers have been an offensive juggernaut this season, averaging 85.1 points per game, and they show no signs of slowing down, especially at home where they are undefeated. With their ability to shoot efficiently from the field and beyond the arc, they are likely to push the total score up. Minnesota, while not as prolific, still averages a respectable 76.1 points per game and leads the Big Ten in assists, indicating their capability to contribute significantly to the total score. Considering both teams’ offensive capabilities and Purdue’s high-scoring nature, the over on a total line of 147.0 seems like a promising pick.

Historically, Purdue has tended to go over in their games this season, with a trend of overs in 16 out of their 24 games. Minnesota’s trend is less clear, with a near-even split on overs and unders. However, given Purdue’s dominant offensive stats and Minnesota’s solid assist numbers, this matchup is poised to be high-scoring. The Boilermakers’ efficient shooting and the Golden Gophers’ playmaking abilities suggest that this game could very well follow the trend of Purdue’s high-scoring affairs, making the over a compelling choice for this Big Ten clash.

The Pick: Over 147.0 -109 (BetRivers)