Minnesota @ Purdue 2/15/24 Free Pick, NCAAB Odds, NCAAB Predictions

Minnesota (15-8) at Purdue (22-2)

Game Info: Thursday, February 15th, 2024 at  8:30 p.m. EST (Mackey Arena)

Betting Odds: Purdue -16.5 (-115) - Over/Under (146.5)

Pick: Purdue -16.5 (-115)

Two of the top teams in the Big Ten conference will meet here on Thursday night in West Lafayette. As the Golden Gophers of Minnesota hit the road to take on the Boilermakers of Purdue. Both of these teams are enjoying winning seasons at the moment and both of them will look to strengthen their tournament resume with a solid performance here on Thursday evening. This will be the only meeting of the regular season between Minnesota and Purdue so the winner will also get the bragging rights until they potentially meet again in the conference tournament. 

Minnesota comes into this game with a respectable record of 15-8 through their first 23 games of the season. This is a game that has massive conference tournament implications for Minnesota, as a win could propel them towards a top four spot in the regular season standings. A top four finish would secure them a double bye in the conference tournament and greatly increase their chances of making the NCAA Tournament this season. 

Despite dropping a game against Iowa the last time out Minnesota has been playing solid basketball as of late. They are winners of three out of their last four and they will look for a monumental statement victory here on Thursday night on the road against Purdue. They are currently in sixth place of the conference standings and a win would move them two games behind Northwestern for fourth place and one game out of fifth as well. A victory in this game would be crucial to the tournament hopes of Minnesota as it would put them on the positive side of the bubble heading into the back half of February. It would also give them a massive momentum boost on the road, which is an area that they have struggled in throughout the season.

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Purdue comes into this game with one of the best records in the country this season. As they are currently 22-2 and they have spent plenty of time ranked as the number one team in the country. They come into this contest sitting at number two, and they will look for a quality win to further establish themselves as one of the elite teams this season. Another victory here in this game will also put them one step closer to clinching the regular season conference championship and the double bye in the conference tournament as well. 

Purdue is playing fantastic basketball as of late, as they come into this game with a two game lead on the rest of the conference. They are currently on a eight game winning streak and they are undefeated at home this season. Purdue has won ten of their twelve home games by double-digits this season. Now they will look to make it 11 out of 13 with another solid performance here on Thursday night at home against Minnesota.

Betting trends to consider in this matchup:

- Purdue is 12-0 at home 

- Minnesota is 2-4 on the road 

- Minnesota is 0-1 against the AP top 25

I expect this game to be all Purdue as I look for them to pick up the victory and cover the spread following another standout performance from Zach Edey. As I look for him to take this game over, as he looks to further establish his status as one of the best players in the nation. As I look for Purdue to feed off of their home court advantage and pick up a comfortable victory in this game to put themselves one step closer to clinching the regular season conference championship in the Big Ten.

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