Featured Video from Scott Reichel
Where: United Center, Chicago Illinois
When: Friday, March 15, 2019 7:00pm Eastern
We have a Friday quarterfinal in the Big Ten Tournament to consider when the Minnesota Golden Gophers face the Purdue Boilermakers at the United Center in Chicago Illinois. Minnesota defeated Penn State in overtime on Thursday afternoon and the Boilermakers finished the season tied for first place in the Big Ten. This could be a heckuva game and I’m looking forward to previewing this game for you today.
Coffey and McBray Star Against Penn State
Minnesota came to this even to play, and play they did, knocking off Penn State in overtime by a score of 77-72. Junior guard Amir Coffey finished the game with 22 points and five assists and senior guard Dupree McBrayer knocked down 6-11 from the filed for 18 points to lead Minnesota in their overtime win. The Golden Gophers shot 43 percent from the floor, 27 percent from long ranges and 77 percent from the free throw line. The Golden Gophers are likely getting an invitation to the NCAA Tournament, but a win over Purdue on Friday would be helpful.
— Minnesota Men's Basketball (@GopherMBB) March 15, 2019
The Golden Gophers aren’t reporting any significant injuries for their game with Purdue.
Coffey leads the Golden Gophers in scoring, averaging 16 points per game with 3.7 rebounds and a team-high 3.2 assists. Coffey nails one triple per night and has exceeded his scoring average in four consecutive games.
The 77-points Minnesota scored against Penn State are six points more than their season average of 71.2 points. The Golden Gophers also average 9.8 offensive rebounds, 27.7 defensive rebounds and 14.6 assists per game this season.
Purdue Big Ten Champ
Purdue has had a terrific season; the Boilermakers won 23 games with eight losses and finished conference play with a 16-4 tilt and a share of the Big Ten Title. KenPom ranks Purdue number 10 in the country with a strength of schedule as the third strongest in the nation. The Boilermakers are in the NCAA Tourney and will likely be awarded a number three seed. Winning this tournament might get the Boilermakers a higher seed, and that begins on Friday against Minnesota.
— Purdue Mens Basketball (@BoilerBall) March 14, 2019
The Boilermakers aren’t listing any injuries for their quarterfinal game with the Golden Gophers.
Junior guard Carsen Edwards leads Purdue in scoring, averaging 23.4 points per game with 3.5 rebounds and three assists. Edwards drills 3.4 triples per night and has met or exceeded his scoring average twice in the last five games.
Purdue scores an average of 76.3 points and reels in 10.8 offensive rebounds, 26 defensive rebounds and dish 14.3 assists per game this season.
- Boilermakers are 4-1 ATS in their last 5 Friday games
- Under is 19-7 in the last 26 meetings.
- Golden Gophers are 1-4 ATS in their last 5 games vs. a team with a winning % above .600.
- Under is 5-1 in Golden Gophers last 6 games vs. a team with a winning % above .600.
The Bottom Line What to bet on this game.
Full-Game Side Bet
I’ve been a fan of Purdue all season long, and I think they put an end to the Golden Gophers tourney run. Both sides are good rebounding teams and I think if the backcourt for Purdue gets hot and knocks down some early threes, they run away with this game. Otherwise I see a battle in the trenches and I still see Purdue winning that battle. Purdue is a .500 road team. Minnesota is awful on the road, and I think that will also make a difference in this game. I will play the Boilermakers on Friday.
Full-Game Total Pick
Both sides are good defending teams and the rebounding cancels each other out. We’re looking at a battle between the Purdue backcourt and the Minnesota backcourt and I think the Golden Gophers are going to flinch in this game of shooting chicken.
When I added everything together, I came up with 134 points and thought that might be high. I will play the under at 134 points and higher on Friday.