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NCAA Basketball Game Preview - Golden Gophers underdogs vs Boilermakers at Purdue

Minnesota Golden GophersPurdue Boilermakers
15-7February 05, 2014, 08:30 | Mackey Arena13-9

College basketball wagering interest will be high on Wednesday when the Golden Gophers of Minnesota hit the hard court against the Boilermakers of Purdue.

The Boilermakers are 13-9 so far on the season, and 7-12 ATS vs. the number. The Golden Gophers, meanwhile, are 15-7 and 7-11-1 ATS. OVER/UNDER bettors have seen Purdue go 8-11 and the Golden Gophers go 8-10 on the totals.

View Minnesota Golden Gophers vs Purdue Boilermakers Odds and Stats.

The Boilermakers were listed as -2.5-point favorites at most sportsbooks tracked by Odds Shark earlier in the day. It opened first at BetOnline, where the total was expected shortly.

This game matches up the No. 153 (Boilermakers) and the No. 99 (Golden Gophers) teams in the league, according to our current NCAAB power rank.

Last time out for Minnesota, they were a 55-54 loser as they battled Northwestern at home. They failed to cover in the match as a 10.5-point favorite. Maurice Walker scored 14 points in a futile effort to lead the Golden Gophers to a win (they lost 55-54 to Northwestern at Williams Arena on Saturday).

Purdue was a 79-68 loser in their most recent outing on the road against Penn State. They failed to cover the 3.5-point spread as underdogs. A.J. Hammons scored 18 points in a futile effort to lead the Boilermakers to a win (they lost 79-68 to Penn State at Bryce Jordan Center on Sunday).

How They Match Up:
Rating these schools in several key categories is important for handicappers and Purdue has the nation's No. 106-rated offensive output, at 73.64 PPG. The visiting Golden Gophers defense ranks No. 85 allowing on average 67.82 PPG. The Boilermakers FG% has averaged 42.8% so far, less than the Golden Gophers marksmen have achieved on the year, 44.71% per game.

Next up:
Minnesota home to Indiana, Saturday, February 8th
Purdue at Ohio State, Saturday, February 8th