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Minnesota Golden Gophers vs. Purdue Boilermakers Pick, Odds, Prediction 1/5/14

Purdue Boilermakers (10-4) at Minnesota Golden Gophers (11-3)

College Basketball: Sunday, January 5, 2014 at 2:30 pm (Williams Arena)

The Line: Minnesota Golden Gophers -8 -- Over/Under: See the Latest Odds

TV: Big Ten Network

The Minnesota Golden Gophers and the Purdue Boilermakers both look for their first Big Ten conference win of the season as they face off on Sunday.

The Minnesota Golden Gophers battled Michigan for a full 40 minutes in their Big 10 opener but in the end they came up short and were handed a loss. Minnesota has played the 56th ranked schedule in the nation and they are 9-1 at home this season. Andre Hollins is averaging 12.6 points and 4.1 rebounds to lead the Gophers. Austin Hollins is averaging 12.6 points and 6.9 rebounds, Deandre Mathieu is averaging 11.4 points and 4.7 assists, and Malik Smith is averaging 9.9 points. Minnesota is averaging 76.1 points and they are shooting 43.1 percent while defensively they are allowing 64.9 points and their opponents shoot 42 percent. Minnesota looks to be strong once again this season but they play a very tough schedule.

Minnesota Golden Gophers vs. Purdue Boilermakers Pick, Odds, Prediction 1/5/14

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The Purdue Boilermakers are 10-4 on the season but like Minnesota they lost their Big Ten opener falling to Ohio State. Purdue has played the 144th ranked schedule in the country and they are 1-0 in the road thus far. Terone Johnson is averaging 13.9 points to lead the Boilermakers. Ronnie Johnson is averaging 11.1 points, A.J. Hammons is averaging 8.8 points and 7.5 rebounds, and Bryson Scott is averaging 9.1 points. Purdue is averaging 77.7 points and they are shooting 45.2 percent while defensively they are allowing 70.6 points and their opponents are shooting 40.8 percent. Purdue can pound the offensive boards and they play solid defense.

Minnesota is 1-4 against the spread following a loss, 0-3-1 against the spread in their last four home games, and 0-4 against the spread against the Big Ten. Purdue is 2-5 against the spread in their last seven road games, 2-5 against the spread in their last seven games, and 6-2 against the spread following a game that they didn’t cover the point spread. The underdog has covered the spread in five of their last six meetings of these two.

This looks like it is too many points and I will take the points with the Boilers here. 

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Purdue Boilermakers -7

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