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Minnesota vs. Purdue - 2/7/15 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Purdue Boilermakers (15-8) at Minnesota Golden Gophers (14-9)

College Basketball: Saturday, February 7, 2015 at 3:00 pm (Williams Arena)

The Line: Minnesota Golden Gophers -5.5 -- Over/Under: See the Latest Odds

TV: Big Ten Network

The Purdue Boilermakers and Minnesota Golden Gophers meet Saturday at the Williams Arena.

The Purdue Boilermakers have won four straight games and are chasing a Big Ten crown. On the season, Purdue is averaging 72.2 points on 46.1 percent shooting and is allowing 64.7 points on 40.2 percent shooting. Rapheal Davis is averaging 11.2 points and 2.5 assists while A.J. Hammons is averaging 10.8 points and 6.1 rebounds. Vince Edwards is grabbing five rebounds and Kendall Stephens is shooting 35.8 percent from the field. The Purdue Boilermakers have six players averaging at least 8.9 points, and they’re shooting 68 percent from the line and 31.9 percent from beyond the arc. Defensively, Purdue is allowing 35.7 percent shooting from deep and has given up 67 or less points in five straight games.

Minnesota vs. Purdue - 2/7/15 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction

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The Minnesota Golden Gophers look to get back on track after splitting their last six games. On the season, Minnesota is averaging 75.9 points on 46.6 percent shooting and is allowing 65.2 points on 42 percent shooting. Andre Hollins is averaging 14.5 points and 2.6 assists while Maurice Walker is averaging 12.2 points and 6.7 rebounds. Carlos Morris is the third double-digit scorer and Nate Mason is dishing 2.8 assists. The Minnesota Golden Gophers have six players averaging at least 8.3 points, and they’re shooting 65.5 percent from the line and 38.6 percent from deep. Defensively, Minnesota is allowing 33.3 percent shooting from deep and has given up 70 or more points in eight of its last 12 games.

The Boilermakers are 8-3 ATS in their last 11 games following a ATS win and 4-0 ATS in their last 4 games overall. The Golden Gophers are 1-4 ATS in their last 5 games following a S.U. win and 2-8 ATS in their last 10 games overall. The Boilermakers are 5-0 ATS in the last 5 meetings.

The Purdue Boilermakers have shown many times this season that they can hang with some of the better teams in the Big Ten. Meanwhile, Minnesota has been one of the bigger let downs in the country. I'm taking Purdue and the points here. 

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Purdue Boilermakers +5.5

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