The No. 24 ranked Purdue Boilermakers take on the Minnesota Golden Gophers in one of Thursday’s headlining college basketball game, but it’s the Purdue-Minnesota odds that should be on the marquee. BetRivers.com has the latest Purdue-Minnesota odds, which see the Boilermakers catching three points against a Gophers team that has dropped three of four and five of seven. Purdue takes on Minnesota at 5 p.m. ET and will be broadcast on ESPN2.
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Rob Dauster, a longtime national college basketball writer, and co-founder of the Field of 68 Podcast Network breaks down the Purdue-Minnesota odds with analysis on the bets worth a wager.
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PURDUE-MINNESOTA ODDS PREVIEW
#24 PURDUE (13-7, 5-7) at MINNESOTA (12-7, 5-7), 5 p.m. ET
MONEYLINE: Minnesota -157, Purdue +130
SPREAD: Minnesota -3
OVER/UNDER: 139 points
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I initially wasn’t going to write anything today because there really weren’t many spots that I liked all that much in today’s slate.
But the more that I look at Purdue-Minnesota, the more that I think there is real value on the Boilermakers (+3, +130 ML) at this price.
Let’s start with this: Purdue is a better basketball team right now. They’re 8-5 in the Big Ten, they’re better-coached and while they may not have the best player on the floor — that would be Marcus Carr — they match up so well with the Gophers.
What Richard Pitino wants to do offensively is to put the ball in Carr’s hands, put him in ball-screens and let him rock. That’s worked to a point so far this season. The problem in this matchup is that Purdue has a terrific on-ball defender in Eric Hunter. He helped bro up everything that Carr was trying to do in the first matchup between these two teams, which Purdue won by 19.
So I think Painter’s boys have a significant advantage on that end of the floor.
But they also should on the defensive end as well.
The off-ball action in all of Painter’s sets really confused Minnesota in the first matchup, and I don’t expect that to change today. The shots that Purdue does miss, they should have a great chance to clean up themselves Purdue is third in the Big Ten in offensive rebounding percentage. Minnesota is dead last in the conference in defensive rebounding percentage. And that’s before you consider that Minnesota’s home dominance came to an end two weeks ago when they were run out of their own gym by Maryland.
I’ll be on the moneyline in this spot tonight, which is currently paying out at +130.