The Purdue Boilermakers (15-8) and Ohio State Buckeyes (20-3) will meet up in a Big Ten Conference affair Tuesday night inside Value City Arena.
Purdue Boilermakers at Ohio State Buckeyes
Purdue will look to rebound quickly after suffering a 78-61 loss to the Indiana Hoosiers as 3.5-point home favorites Saturday, taking on one of the top teams in the country. “It’s disappointing,” commented Boilermakers head coach Matt Painter about his team’s effort. “If you can’t get a big-time effort in this league, you can do a lot of things well and it doesn’t matter.” The Boilermakers are the last visiting team to come away with a victory inside tonight’s venue, capturing a 60-57 decision on Feb. 27, 2010, as 3.5-point road underdogs. Purdue is 3-7 ATS in conference play this year.
The Boilermakers are 6-1 this season in games following a loss, with two of those wins coming on the road in Big Ten play. Purdue owns a league-best 29 true road wins since the beginning of the 2007-08 campaign. Senior forward Robbie Hummel will need to put forth a huge effort in order to pick up the upset, leading the team in averaging 15.2 points per game. He ranks sixth in the Big Ten in scoring and rebounding.
Ohio State has won five games in a row and comes off a solid 58-52 win over the Wisconsin Badgers as 3.5-point road favorites. The Buckeyes have also managed to cover all five of those contests, while going “under” the total in their last two. Sophomore center Jared Sullinger enjoyed one of his better games versus the Badgers, scoring 24 points and grabbing 10 rebounds. He was named the Big Ten Player of the Week for his efforts last week. Ohio State is 8-1 ATS as a home favorite of 12.5 or more points this season.
The Buckeyes have won their last 38 home games, which gives current head coach Thad Matta three home winnings streaks of 17 games or more during his time in Columbus. Ohio State ranks second in both scoring offense and defense in the Big Ten, while leading the league in outscoring opponents by 21.0 points per game. Overall, the team is also second in rebounding margin and assists per game. The last time Ohio State lost to an unranked Purdue team was back on March 6, 1991.
Bettors will likely back the Buckeyes due to their 6-0 ATS mark in their last six home games, while the Boilermakers have dropped five of their last six games versus the number.
Recommendation: Ohio State Buckeyes -14
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