Purdue vs. Ohio State - 2/4/15 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction
Ohio State Buckeyes (17-5) at Purdue Boilermakers (14-8)
College Basketball: Wednesday, February 4, 2015 at 6:30 pm (Mackey Arena)
The Line: Purdue Boilermakers +2 -- Over/Under: See the Latest Odds
TV: Big Ten Network
The Ohio State Buckeyes and Purdue Boilermakers meet Wednesday at the Mackey Arena.
The Ohio State Buckeyes have won six of their last eight games and play their sixth true road game. On the season, OSU is averaging 80 points on 50.7 percent shooting and is allowing 61.6 points on 39.4 percent shooting. D'Angelo Russell is averaging 19.4 points and 5.2 assists while Marc Loving is averaging 11.7 points and 3.9 rebounds. Sam Thompson is the third player averaging double-digit points and Shannon Scott is dishing 6.6 assists. The Ohio State Buckeyes have six players averaging at least seven points, and they’re shooting 69 percent from the line and 39.4 percent from deep. Defensively, Ohio State is allowing 31.7 percent shooting from deep and has given up 67 or less points in three of its last five games.
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The Purdue Boilermakers have won six of their last 10 games and play their sixth ranked team. On the season, Purdue is averaging 72.8 points on 46.3 percent shooting and is allowing 65 points on 40.1 percent shooting. A.J. Hammons is averaging 11 points and 6.1 rebounds while Rapheal Davis is averaging 10.8 points and 2.5 assists. Vince Edwards is grabbing 5.2 rebounds and Kendall Stephens is shooting 36.2 percent from the field. The Purdue Boilermakers have six players averaging at least 8.8 points, and they’re shooting 67.9 percent from the line and 32.2 percent from deep. Defensively, Purdue is allowing 36.1 percent shooting from deep and has given up 67 or less points in four straight games.
The Buckeyes are 1-8-1 ATS in their last 10 road games and 12-5 ATS in their last 17 Wednesday games. The Boilermakers are 7-1 ATS in their last 8 home games and 4-1 ATS in their last 5 games overall. The Buckeyes are 4-1 ATS in the last 5 meetings in Purdue.
I think there's no question that Ohio State is the better team on both sides of the ball and should beat Purdue. While the Boilermakers are playing decent ball lately, OSU is just too balanced on both sides to blow this game.