Minnesota Golden Gophers vs Purdue Boilermakers Prediction, 1/30/2021 College Basketball Pick, Tips and Odds
Game: Minnesota Golden Gophers vs Purdue Boilermakers
Date: Saturday, January 30, 2021
Location: Mackey Arena in West Lafayette, IN
Odds/Point Spread: Minnesota (+2.5)
Mackey Arena is the site where and the Purdue Boilermakers (11-6) will play the Minnesota Golden Gophers (11-5) on Saturday. Minnesota opens this contest as 2.5-point dogs. The over/under is set at 137.
Minnesota comes into this matchup with a mark of 11-5 so far this year. They are averaging 76.9 points per contest (80th in Division 1) while going 40.8% from the field. The Golden Gophers are hitting 29.5% from downtown (120 of 407) and 75.3% from the free throw line. As a unit, Minnesota is pulling down 38.1 rebounds per contest and has 245 dimes on the year, which ranks 32nd in the nation in terms of passing the ball. They are turning it over 11.0 times per contest and as a squad are committing 18.3 fouls per game. On the defensive end, the Golden Gophers are able to force 13.6 turnovers per contest and they draw 21.1 fouls. They are ranked 323rd in the country in allowing assists to the opposition with 235 relinquished so far this year. The Golden Gophers defensively are allowing an opponent FG percentage of 42.0% (415 of 989) and they relinquish 40.3 rebounds per contest as a team. They are surrendering 32.3% on 3-point attempts and they are 228th in the country in PPG allowed (72.4).
The Minnesota Golden Gophers played the Maryland Terrapins and took a loss by a score of 63-49 in their last game. Minnesota wrapped up the contest with a 30.4% FG percentage (14 of 46) and converted 5 of 23 shots from beyond the arc. When they shot from the free throw line, the Golden Gophers buried 16 of 25 tries for a percentage of 64.0%. Pertaining to pulling down boards, they earned a total of 28 with 6 of them being offensive. They also dished out 8 dimes for this contest while getting 5 steals and 6 rejections. Concerning defense, Minnesota allowed the other team to shoot 30.4% from the field on 14 of 46 shooting. Maryland dished out 12 dimes and had 5 steals for the contest. Furthurmore, the Terrapins snagged 35 boards (6 offensive, 29 defensive) and earned 6 rejections. Maryland shot 58.6% from the charity stripe by converting 17 of 29 attempts. They also made 8 of their 23 tries from beyond the arc.
Marcus Carr is one guy who had an impact in the matchup. He ended up finishing with 25 points on 8 of 14 shooting. He played for 40 mins played and also pulled down 7 boards. Carr ended up going 57.1% from the floor but had no dimes when the game ended. One more player that played a role in this contest for the Golden Gophers was Brandon Johnson. He grabbed 10 rebounds and also had 2 dimes. He went 33.3% from the floor in the matchup by connecting on 2-of-6 (7 points). When this game wrapped up, Johnson saw the court for 32 min.
Purdue has a record of 11-6 so far this year. Purdue has scored 1,195 pts for the campaign (70.3 per contest) and they collect 37.6 rebounds per contest. The Boilermakers have committed 18.0 fouls per contest and they connect on 69.3% from the charity stripe. In terms of offensive execution, the Boilermakers are connecting on 44.5% from the field, which has them ranked 167th in college basketball. Their rate of assisting teammates is at 14.6 times per contest (101st in college hoops) and they are losing possession via turnover 13.2 times per game. The Boilermakers on the defensive side of the court are 89th in the country in PPG given up with 66.9. The Purdue defense surrenders 31.8% on 3-point shots (138 of 434) and opponents are making 67.4% of their foul shots. They concede 14.3 dimes and 31.5 rebounds on a nightly basis, ranking them 264th and 46th in Division 1. They are forcing their opponents into 11.4 TO's per game and allow teams to shoot 41.5% from the field (96th in college basketball).
The last time they took the court, the Purdue Boilermakers took a loss by a final score of 70-53 against the Michigan Wolverines. The Boilermakers were able to corral 21 defensive rebounds and 18 offensive rebounds totaling 39 in this game. They blocked 6 attempts while recording 6 steals for the game. The Wolverines were called for 18 fouls in this game which took the Boilermakers to the free throw line for a total of 15 tries. They were able to make 11 of those for a clip of 73.3%. In terms of 3-pointers, Purdue made 2 of 12 attempts (16.7%). When this game wrapped up, the Boilermakers shot 20 for 65 from the field which gave them a rate of 30.8%. The Boilermakers allowed the Wolverines to convert 24 of 55 attempts from the field which left them with a shooting percentage of 43.6% for this contest. They went 40.0% from distance by going 6 out of 15 and finished the contest at 14 out of 17 at the charity stripe (82.4%). In regard to how they rebounded, Purdue permitted Michigan to snag 37 overall (8 offensive).
Trevion Williams ended up having an impact for the Boilermakers in the matchup. He knocked down 6 of 19 in this matchup for a rate of 31.6%, which got him 14 points. Williams snagged 11 boards in his 27 mins played and accumulated 2 assists for the matchup. An additional guy that ended up playing a role for Purdue was Jaden Ivey. He notched 12 points in his 31 minutes on the court by way of 3 of 14 shooting for the game. Ivey finished going 21.4% from the field while also contributing 5 assists and 5 boards.
Who will win tonight's college basketball game against the spread?
Tony Sink's Pick: Take Minnesota (+2.5)
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