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Minnesota vs. Purdue - 3/15/19 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Purdue vs. Minnesota
Date & Time Friday March 15, 2019, 7:00 PM (EDT)
United Center
Chicago, Illinois
The Line
The Line: Purdue -7.5 -- Over/Under: 142
TV Channel
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The Purdue Boilermakers and Minnesota Golden Gophers meet Friday in the college basketball Big Ten Tournament at the United Center.

The Purdue Boilermakers enter this tournament winning 14 of their last 16 games. The Purdue Boilermakers are averaging 76.3 points on 44.7 percent shooting and allowing 66.5 points on 41.8 percent shooting. Carsen Edwards is averaging 23.4 points and three assists while Ryan Cline is averaging 11.8 points and 2.8 rebounds. Matt Haarms is grabbing 5.4 rebounds and Nojel Eastern is dishing 2.5 assists. The Purdue Boilermakers are shooting 36.7 percent from beyond the arc and 72.9 percent from the free throw line. The Purdue Boilermakers are allowing 34.3 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 36.9 rebounds per game. The Purdue Boilermakers have won five of their last seven non-home games.

The Minnesota Golden Gophers look for another victory after beating Penn State in overtime on Thursday. The Minnesota Golden Gophers are averaging 71.2 points on 43.6 percent shooting and allowing 68.7 points on 43.2 percent shooting. Amir Coffey is averaging 16 points and 3.2 assists while Jordan Murphy is averaging 14.5 points and 11.7 rebounds. Daniel Oturu is the third double-digit scorer and Gabe Kalscheur is grabbing 1.9 rebounds. The Minnesota Golden Gophers are shooting 32.4 percent from beyond the arc and 67.7 percent from the free throw line. The Minnesota Golden Gophers are allowing 34.2 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 37.6 rebounds per game. The Minnesota Golden Gophers have lost six of their last eight non-home games.

The Golden Gophers are 6-16 ATS in their last 22 games following a ATS win. The Boilermakers are 3-7 ATS in their last 10 neutral site games and 4-1 ATS in their last 5 Friday games. The underdog is 9-2 ATS in the last 11 meetings and the under is 19-7 in the last 26 meetings. The over is 37-16-1 in Boilermakers last 54 neutral site games. The under is 8-3 in Golden Gophers last 11 overall.  

The Minnesota Golden Gophers have shown flashes all year of playing to their talent level, but that's all it's been. Minnesota is very inconsistent, so even though they just beat Purdue last week, it's hard to trust this club after playing yesterday. The Purdue Boilermakers enter this game winning their last five games by an average of 12.8 points while allowing just 37.8 percent shooting. Purdue is also 11-4 ATS this season when favored by seven or more points. I don't have confidence Minnesota can put together back-to-back solid performances. 

Purdue -7.5

Randy Chambers has been with Sports Chat Place since 2014 and covers everything from the NFL to WNBA and tennis. Nobody works harder in this business in terms of content produced and amount of sports covered. Formerly a lead college football writer with Bleacher Report and has had his work featured at Fox Sports, CBS Sports and various other outlets.

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