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Ohio State Buckeyes vs. Purdue Boilermakers Big Ten Tournament Pick, Odds, Prediction 3/13/14

Purdue Boilermakers (15-16) at Ohio State Buckeyes (23-8)

College Basketball: Thursday, March 13, 2014 at 2:25 pm (Bankers Life Fieldhouse)

The Line: Ohio State Buckeyes -8 -- Over/Under: See the Latest Odds

TV: Big Ten Network

The Ohio State Buckeyes and the Purdue Boilermakers face off on Thursday in Indianapolis is a first round Big Ten Tournament game.

The Ohio State Buckeyes had a mid-season slump but they finished winning seven of their last 10 games. Ohio State is 10-8 in the Big Ten and 6-5 in games played away from home. LaQuinton Ross leads the Buckeyes in scoring averaging 14.8 points and 5.5 rebounds per game. Lenzelle Smith Jr. is averaging 11.7 points and 5.2 rebounds, Aaron Craft is averaging 9.5 points, and Sam Thompson is averaging 7.5 points. Ohio State is averaging 70 points and they are shooting 45.1 percent while defensively they are allowing 59.1 points and their opponents are shooting 40.3 percent. Ohio State appears headed to March Madness but a loss here could damage their seeding.

Ohio State Buckeyes vs. Purdue Boilermakers Big Ten Tournament  Pick, Odds, Prediction 3/13/14

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The Purdue Boilermakers lost their last six games and 11 of their last 13 to close out the regular season. Purdue is 5-13 in the Big 10 and 3-11 in games played away from home. Terone Johnson leads the Boilermakers averaging 12 points per game. Ronnie Jonson is averaging 10.8 points, A.J. Hammons is averaging 10.7 points and 7.4 rebounds, and Kendall Stephens is averaging 7.9 points. Purdue is averaging 72.6 points and they are shooting 42.7 percent while defensively they are allowing 71.9 points and their opponents are shooting 42.1 percent. Purdue lost by 18 points in the last meeting of these two.

Ohio State is 2-6 against the spread following a game that they didn’t cover the spread, 0-4 against the spread in their last four neutral site games, and 8-3 against the spread following a win. Purdue is 1-7 against the spread in their last eight neutral site games, 11-5 against the spread following a game that they didn’t cover the spread, and 7-18-1 against the spread in their last 26 Thursday games. The favorite has covered the point spread in the last four meetings of these two.

I like Ohio State to win but I see the Boilermakers putting up a fight and getting the cover. 

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Purdue Boilermakers +8.5

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