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Purdue Boilermakers face Minnesota Golden Gophers: NCAA basketball odds preview and stats

Purdue BoilermakersMinnesota Golden Gophers
10-4January 05, 2014, 02:30 | Williams Arena11-3

Bettors will hope to hit paydirt on Sunday when the Minnesota Golden Gophers try to run the Purdue Boilermakers off the court at Williams Arena in college hoops action.

The Golden Gophers bring a 11-3 record (4-6-1 ATS) to this tilt against the 10-4 Boilermakers, who are 4-7 ATS. OVER/UNDER bettors have witnessed Minnesota go 3-7 so far and the Boilermakers go 5-6.

View Purdue Boilermakers vs Minnesota Golden Gophers Odds and Stats.

Bettors looking to side with Minnesota in this one found them as -8-point favorites earlier in the day. Watch for line moves and updates at Bovada before gametime.

This game puts the Golden Gophers, most recently No. 13 in the Odds Shark power rankings, up against the Boilermakers, who rate No. 83 in the latest survey.

Purdue lost its last outing, a 78-69 result against Ohio State on December 31. They failed to cover in that game as a 6-point underdog. Purdue got 18 points from A.J. Hammons but lost anyway, 78-69, to Ohio State on Tuesday at Mackey Arena.

Minnesota lost its last outing, a 63-60 result against Michigan on January 2. They failed to cover in that game as a 2.5-point favorite. The Golden Gophers got 12 points from Andre Hollins, but it was Michigan that prevailed in a 63-60 final on Thursday at Williams Arena.

How They Match Up:
Rebounding is always a key handicapping consideration and Boilermakers is ranked No. 33 in NCAA hoops at 39.86 per game. Contrast that with Minnesota’s No. 84 mark in the paint. When it comes to three-point shooting, Minnesota is the No. 37-ranked team in the country at 7.93 per game, while Purdue rates No. 145 at 5.86 per game.

Next up:
Purdue home to Nebraska, Sunday, January 12th
Minnesota at Penn State, Wednesday, January 8th