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Purdue Boilermakers vs. Minnesota Golden Gophers - 12/31/14 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Minnesota Golden Gophers (11-2) at Purdue Boilermakers (8-5)

College Basketball: Wednesday, December 31, 2014 at 3:15 pm (Mackey Arena)

The Line: Purdue Boilermakers 0 -- Over/Under: See the Latest Odds

TV: BTN HD

The Minnesota Golden Gophers will travel to Mackey Arena to take on the Purdue Boilermakers this Wednesday afternoon.

The Minnesota Golden Gophers improved to 11-2 on the season after defeating the UNC Wilmington Seahawks this past Saturday. Minnesota shot an impressive 59.7% (40-67 FGM-A) from the field and shot 58.7% from the free-throw line. Leading the way for the Golden Gophers was Carlos Morris who had 24 points and 2 rebounds. Minnesota is ranked 77th ranked in the RPI Standings and has played the 231st SOS. On the season, the Golden Gophers have been Andre Hollins (13.7 ppg, 3.7 rpg, 2.8 apg, 1.2 spg), Carlos Morris (13.0 ppg, 3.6 rpg, 2.5 apg, 2.2 spg), and DeAndre Mathieu (9.7 ppg, 2.8 rpg, 6.6 apg, 2.8 spg). Offensively, Minnesota is averaging 83.1 ppg (ranked 12th) on 49.9% shooting (ranked 13th). The Golden Gophers shoot 41.9% from long-range (ranked 6th) and average 7.9 three-pointers per game (ranked 50th). Minnesota averages 20.2 apg as a team which is ranked 1st in the country. Defensively, the Golden Gophers are allowing an average of 64.3 ppg (ranked 140th) on 40.5% shooting (ranked 116th). Minnesota does a great job forcing turnovers as they average 12.4 spg (ranked 2nd).

Purdue Boilermakers vs. Minnesota Golden Gophers - 12/31/14 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction

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The Purdue Boilermakers dropped their third straight game after losing 89-84 to the Gardner-Webb Bulldogs and dropped to 8-5 on the season. Defense has been an issue for the Boilermakers lately and they continued to struggle against the Bulldogs as they allowed Gardner-Webb to shoot 55.4% from the field and 56.0% (14-25 3PM-A) from long range. Leading the way for Purdue was Rapheal Davis who had a double-double with 13 points and 12 rebounds.  Purdue is ranked 146th in the RPI Standings and has played the 143rd ranked SOS. On the season, the Boilermakers have been led by Isaac Haas (11.5 ppg, 5.2 rpg), Kendall Stephens (10.6 ppg, 2.8 rpg, 1.6 apg), and Vince Edwards (10.4 ppg, 6.1 rpg, 2.2 apg). Offensively, Purdue is averaging 76.2 ppg (ranked 38th) on 46.4% shooting (ranked 72nd). The Boilermakers average 12.92 offensive rpg (ranked 57th). Defensively, Purdue is allowing their opponents to score an average of 65.2 ppg (ranked 159th) on 41.0% shooting (ranked 134th). The Boilermakers average 6.2 bpg which ranks 13th in the country.

The Golden Gophers are 7-1-1 ATS in their last 9 games vs. a team with a winning S.U. record and 5-1 ATS in their last 6 games following a ATS win. The Boilermakers are 4-1 ATS in their last 5 home games and 6-2 ATS in their last 8 games following a S.U. loss.

Purdue is a different team at home and I think they are better than what they have shown in the last week, however, I really like how Minnesota is playing and think that they will take home the victory. Take the Golden Gophers in this pick-em. 

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