Purdue at Ohio State - 3/12/20 College Basketball Picks and Prediction

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Purdue Boilermakers (16-15) at Ohio State Buckeyes (21-10)

College Basketball: Thursday, March 12, 2020 at 6:30 pm (Bankers Life Fieldhouse)

The Line: Ohio State Buckeyes -1 -- Over/Under: 128.5

The Purdue Boilermakers take on the 19th ranked Ohio State Buckeyes in the Big Ten Tournament.  The Boilermakers are (16-15), coming off a 71-68 OT loss at home to Rutgers. The Buckeyes are (21-10), after falling on the road to Michigan State, 80-69.

In the Boilermakers loss to Rutgers, Purdue was led offensively by Sasha Stefanovic.  Stefanovic collected 22 points, 4 rebounds, and 5 assists. Purdue shot 34 percent from the floor and 24 percent from 3-point distance.  The Boilermakers out scored Rutgers from the foul line 17 to 8. However the Boilermakers allowed Rutgers to convert on 44 percent from the floor.  Purdue was out rebounded, 42 to 39.

Trevion Willimas has led the way for the Boilermakers this season, averaging 11.5 points and 7.6 rebounds per game.  Eric Hunter Jr. is collecting 10.6 points and 2.6 assists per game. Purdue is averaging 68.2 points per game, while connecting on 33 percent from 3-point distance.

In the Buckeyes win over Michigan State, Ohio State was guided throughout the game by Duane Washington Jr.  Washington recorded 16 points and 5 rebounds. Ohio State converted on 45 percent from the floor, while shooting 31 percent from 3-point range.  Ohio State allowed 11 offensive rebounds and committed 9 turnovers. This allowed Michigan State to attempt 7 more shots from the floor. The Buckeyes had just 6 assists on 24 made baskets.

Kaleb Wesson is leading the way for Ohio State, registering 14 points and 9.3 rebounds per game.  Washington is totaling 11.5 points, 2.8 rebounds, and 1.4 assists per contest. The Buckeyes are recording 72.1 points of offense, while connecting on 44.6 percent from 3-point distance. 

Recent Betting Trends:

Purdue is 2-5 SU in their last 7 games.

Purdue is 2-4 ATS in their last 6 games against Ohio State. 

The over is 4-1 in Purdue’s last 5 games. 

Ohio State is 4-1 ATS in their last 5 games.

Ohio State is 5-2 ATS in their last 7 games in March.

The over is 5-1 in Ohio State's last 6 games.

Ohio State has got back on track as the regular season was approaching the end.  The Buckeyes won four of their last five games. Purdue can not say the same, as the Boilermakers have dropped five of their last seven.  Both defenses are allowing less than 63 points per game. The under is 6-4 in the last 10 matchups in this series. The Buckeyes strength is shooting the 3.  Purdue has done a nice job defending the 3, ranking in the top 50. The last time these two teams played, there were 120 points scored. Final score prediction, Ohio State will win and the total goes under, 64-60.   

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Chris’s Pick Under 128.5

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