Free NCAA Hoops Pick: Golden Gophers vs. Purdue Boilermakers CBB Odds
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(20-12) Minnesota Golden Gophers vs. Purdue Boilermakers (23-8)
Date: Friday, March 15, 2019
Time: 12:30 PM ET
Venue: United Center, Chicago, Illinois
CBB Moneyline Odds: OFF
CBB Betting Odds: Purdue Boilermakers -7.5
CBB Betting Total: 142
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This Big Ten quarterfinal game will feature the 7th seeded Minnesota Golden Gophers and the 2nd seeded Purdue Boilermakers. The Boilermakers have yet to play a game in this tournament since they earned a double-bye, but Minnesota now has two games under their belt with the overtime win over Penn State.
These two teams split their season series, each winning on their home floor. The most recent game was about a week ago where the Golden Gophers won 73-69.
Minnesota Golden Gophers
As mentioned, the Gophers just down the upset minded Nittany Lions to advance to Friday’s game. They were down majority of this game before rallying an avoiding a bad loss to their resume. The Golden Gophers are currently projected to be a 10 seed in this years’ tournament as per Joe Lunardi. A win over a team like Purdue will likely lock in their spot, but a loss and all they will be able to do is watch and hope their resume was good enough.
Against the Nittany Lions in round two, the Golden Gophers managed to score 77 points. This was above their average of 71 points, but now they facing a much defense. Amir Coffey led the way with 22 points and three other players scored in double-figures. If the Golden Gophers want to advance to the semifinals, they must have another night of balanced scoring.
A big key for this defense is defending the three. Opponents shoot about 34.2% from deep range, which is only good for 180th. They held the Nittany Lions to 4 of 15 (26.7%) from behind the arc, and must chase Carsen Edwards off the three point line if they want to pull off this upset.
Purdue has yet to play a Big 12 tournament game, but no matter they will be ready for this game. Joe Lunardi has the Boilermakers as a 3 seed, but with a loss it is very possible they drop to a 4 seed.
The Boilermakers had a top 85 scoring offense this season and averaged 76.3 points per game. A lot of their scoring had to do with leading scorer, Carsen Edwards, who averaged 23.4 points per game. If he can get hot early, it will take a ton of pressure off the rest of the team and the Boilermakers will run away with this one.
Defensively, the Boilermakers ranked in the top 55, allowing an average of 66.5 points per game. Purdue allowed Minnesota to score in the 70s in their second regular season matchup, which was part of the reason they were upset. If Purdue can shut down Coffey, their defense will excel in this game.
CBB Betting Trends:
- Under is 19-7 in the last 26 meetings.
- Under is 8-3 in MINN last 11 overall.
- Under is 8-3 in MINN last 11 vs. Big Ten.
Free Minnesota Golden Gophers vs. Purdue Boilermakers NCAAB Prediction:
Purdue has one of the best guards in the country with Carsen Edwards and he leads them to a win.
4* Free CBB Betting Pick: Under 142
Minnesota hangs around for a half, but the Boilermakers pull away in the second half and there defense finds a way to keep the total under.
NCAAB Free Score Prediction: Minnesota 66 – Purdue 75
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