Can Purdue take Minnesota's spot in the top 25? It certainly seems possible with a win. Defending home court against the Gophers would be another big step towards the NCAA Tournament, so let's get this. There is still no Sasha Stefanovic, but a young team has had a week to prepare without him.
It won't be easy against a Minnesota team that has beaten Michigan, who punked us pretty good, but nothing is easy in this year's Big Ten.
From: Minneapolis, Minnesota
Game Location: Mackey Arena (14,240)
Date: January 30, 2020
Time: 7:30pm ET
Radio: Boilermaker Sports Network
Odds: Purdue by 2.5
2019-20 Record: 15-16, 8-12 Big Ten
2020-21 Record: 11-5, 4-5 Big Ten
Record vs. Purdue: Purdue leads 105-85
Last Purdue win: 83-78 (2OT) at Purdue on 1/2/2020
Last Minnesota win: 75-73 in Big Ten Tournament on 3/15/2019
Blog Representation: The Daily Gopher
NCAA Tournament History: 14 appearances, last in 2019. Reached 1997 Final Four (vacated)
Coach: Richard Pitino (138-113 in 8th season at Minnesota, 156-127 overall)