It will be a battle between Big 10 opponents when the Purdue Boilermakers (8-5, 1-1 Big 10) welcome the Minnesota Golden Gophers (7-5, 1-1 Big 10) to Mackey Arena. The game starts at 7 p.m. ET on Thursday, January 2, 2020.
Minnesota Golden Gophers at Purdue Boilermakers ATS Prediction
The last time the Golden Gophers played, they blew out the FIU Panthers, 89-62. The Golden Gophers knocked down 29 of their 30 free throws (96.7 percent) and held the Panthers to an offensive rebounding percentage of 19.6 (below their season average of 30.2). Minnesota was lifted by Daniel Oturu, who recorded 21 points and 20 rebounds.
The Boilermakers won big over the Central Michigan Chippewas in their last matchup, 97-62. The Boilermakers, who came into the game averaging an effective field goal percentage of 0.478, had a fantastic mark of 0.647, while the Chippewas had a turnover percentage of 24.9 (above their season average of 13.1). Sasha Stefanovic was the game’s high scorer with 23 points on 8-for-13 shooting from the field.
After the Golden Gophers won two out of three games against the Boilermakers last season, this will be the first matchup of the year between these two teams. In the last matchup, Minnesota won 75-73. Minnesota did a fantastic job of making free throws (16-21; 76.2 percent). Purdue, on the other hand, had a much better offensive rebounding percentage (35.1 vs. 29.0).
There’s a decent chance that Minnesota struggles to create turnovers. Purdue ranks 81st in the nation at avoiding errors (turnover percentage of 17.9 percent), while Minnesota forces the 234th-most turnovers (18.9 percent).
Minnesota Golden Gophers vs. Purdue Boilermakers Betting Pick
Prediction: ATS Winner – Purdue, O/U – Under
Minnesota ranks 21st in three pointers allowed per game (17.7) while Purdue ranks 126th (21.9).
The Boilermakers rank 33rd in rebounds allowed per game (31.3) while the Golden Gophers rank 103rd (33.8).
Minnesota ranks 25th in assists per game (16.4) while Purdue ranks 93rd in assists allowed per game (12.0).
The Boilermakers rank 23rd in steals allowed per game (5.2) while the Golden Gophers rank 80th (6.3).
Minnesota ranks 20th in blocks per game (5.3) while Purdue ranks 77th (3.7).
The Golden Gophers’ average margin of victory in their last five games has been 11.6, up from 9.6 for the season.
During their last five games, the Boilermakers have scored an average of 68.2 points per game (1.3 below their season average) and allowed an average of 59.4 points per game (2.0 above their season average).