Purdue Boilermakers vs Minnesota Golden Gophers Prediction, 2/11/2021 College Basketball Pick, Tips and Odds
Game: Purdue Boilermakers vs Minnesota Golden Gophers
Date: Thursday, February 11, 2021
Location: Williams Arena in Minneapolis, MN
Odds/Point Spread: Purdue (+2)
The Minnesota Golden Gophers (12-7) play the Purdue Boilermakers (13-7) at Williams Arena on Thursday. The odds on this game have Minnesota as 2-point favorites. The O/U opens at 138.
Purdue will enter this game with a mark of 13-7 for the campaign. The Boilermakers are hitting 34.7% on shots from 3-point land (150 of 432) and 72.2% from the free throw line. They average 70.6 pts per contest (208th in college basketball) while going 44.4% from the floor. They are giving up possession 13.1 times per game and as a group they are committing 17.7 fouls every game. As a team, Purdue is grabbing 37.6 rebounds per contest and is sitting with 283 dimes this season, which has them ranked 40th in the nation in terms of passing. On the defensive end, the Boilermakers are able to force 11.5 turnovers on a nightly basis while drawing 18.6 personal fouls. They give up 32.4% from 3-point land and they are ranked 81st in Division 1 in PPG from their opponents (66.5). The Boilermakers defense is allowing a FG percentage of 41.7% (462 of 1,108) and they relinquish 31.0 rebounds per game as a squad. They rank 328th in D-1 in giving up assists to the opposition with 287 relinquished for the year.
The Purdue Boilermakers stepped onto the hardwood against the Northwestern Wildcats and went home with a win by a final score of 75-70 in their last contest. Purdue finished with a 40.7% FG percentage (22 out of 54) and made 8 of their 23 three-point attempts. When they shot from the charity stripe, the Boilermakers converted 23 of 24 attempts for a percentage of 95.8%. In the matter of grabbing boards, they earned 32 with 8 of them being of the offensive sort. They also doled out 14 dimes for this contest as well as earning 10 steals and 4 blocked shots. Concerning defense, Purdue let their opponent shoot 40.7% from the floor on 22 out of 54 shooting. Northwestern earned 16 assists and had 3 steals for this game. Moreover, the Wildcats snagged 28 rebounds (6 offensive, 22 defensive) and had 4 blocks. Northwestern finished the game shooting 72.7% at the charity stripe by converting 8 of their 11 shots. They knocked down 10 of 28 shots from beyond the perimeter.
Jaden Ivey is a player who was a major factor in this matchup. He finished with 20 points on 6 of 14 shooting. He played for 36 mins and collected 7 rebounds. Ivey finished the contest at 42.9% from the floor and also totaled 3 dimes. Someone else that had an impact in this game for the Boilermakers was Mason Gillis. He snagged 2 rebounds and also totaled 3 assists. He went 100.0% from the floor for the game by going 4-of-4 (11 points). When the final whistle was blown, Gillis was on the hardwood for 26 minutes.
Minnesota has a record of 12-7 on the year. Minnesota has 1,444 pts for the campaign (76.0 per contest) and they pull down 37.7 boards per game. The Golden Gophers are committing 18.8 fouls per game and they shoot 75.6% from the free throw line. When it comes to executing on offense, the Golden Gophers are shooting 40.5% from the field, which is 323rd in college basketball. They are assisting teammates 15.2 times per game (71st in college hoops) and they are giving up possession 11.1 times per contest. The Golden Gophers on defense are ranked 237th in D-1 in points allowed per contest with 72.4. The Minnesota defense gives up 33.0% on shots from 3-point land (123 of 373) and opponents are converting on 70.0% of their free throw attempts. They have given up 14.3 assists and 40.4 rebounds per game, which is ranked 264th and 333rd in D-1. They are forcing 13.6 turnovers on a nightly basis and allow teams to shoot 42.4% from the field (144th in college basketball).
The last time they took the court, the Minnesota Golden Gophers walked away with a victory by a final of 79-61 when they faced the Nebraska Cornhuskers. The Golden Gophers earned 28 defensive boards and 11 offensive boards for a total of 39 in the game. They also rejected 4 tries while getting 4 steals in the game. The Cornhuskers earned 22 fouls for this contest which got the Golden Gophers to the charity stripe for 22 shots. They were able to make 17 of the free throws for a percentage of 77.3%. In relation to three-point shots, Minnesota converted 8 out of 36 tries (22.2%). When the final whistle was blown, the Golden Gophers went 27 for 72 from the floor which gave them a rate of 37.5%. The Golden Gophers allowed the Cornhuskers to convert 21 of 57 attempts from the floor which had them shooting 36.8% for this contest. They went 20.0% from distance by shooting 3 out of 15 and ended up shooting 16 of 25 from the charity stripe (64.0%). With respect to rebounds, Minnesota allowed Nebraska to snag 37 overall (8 on the offensive side).
Marcus Carr ended up being a factor for the Golden Gophers for the game. He converted 7 out of 11 for this contest giving him a rate of 63.6%, which gave him 21 points. Carr grabbed 2 boards in his 19 minutes and had 8 dimes for this game. Another guy that was important for Minnesota was Brandon Johnson. He ended up with 13 points in his 36 minutes played by way of 3 out of 9 shooting for the contest. Johnson walked away from this one going 33.3% from the floor and also earning 2 dimes and 10 boards.
Who will win tonight's college basketball game against the spread?
Tony Sink's Pick: Take Purdue (+2)
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