Sandra Dukes-USA TODAY Sports. Pictured: Purdue Boilermakers guard Carsen Edwards (3).
We’ve finally reached the day of the big game — the pinnacle of all sports.
Minnesota traveling to No. 17 Purdue in a Big Ten battle. What, you expected me to mention Rams-Patriots? Let’s breakdown where the value stands in an underrated conference showdown.
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Betting Odds: Minnesota Golden Gophers at Purdue Boilermakers
- Spread: Purdue -11.5
- Over/Under: 148
- Time: Noon ET
- TV: Big Ten Network
The Boilermakers (13-8 against the spread) have covered in each of their past six games, blazing past Penn State in overtime in their last matchup. The Golden Gophers (10-11 ATS) aren’t struggling themselves, either, racking up three straight covers.
Purdue has notched nine outright wins in its past 10 games via their red-hot perimeter attack, racking up the second-highest 3-point clip (40.2%) in Big Ten play. Carsen Edwards (24.9 points per game), a Naismith Player of the Year candidate, hit 8-of-15 3-pointers en route to 38 points in the victory over the Nittany Lions on Thursday.
But Minnesota’s conference opponents have strung together the fourth-lowest scoring rate (26.3%) from the perimeter while combining to amass the fourth-most 3-point attempts (31.8%). Golden Gophers point guard Dupree McBrayer won’t be able to shutdown Edwards, but his on-ball defense should limit Edwards’ prowess for creating off the dribble drive.