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Ohio State vs Purdue Basketball Picks 2-18-24

Purdue Boilermakers (23-2) vs. Ohio State Buckeyes (14-11)
February 18, 2024 1:00 pm EDT
The Line: Ohio State Buckeyes +7.5; Over/Under: +145.5
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The Purdue Boilermakers will play the Ohio State Buckeyes in a Big Ten game on Sunday afternoon at Value City Arena in Columbus, Ohio. Purdue has won nine games in a row, while Ohio State has lost six of their last seven. Let’s take a look at the betting matchup and the Purdue vs Ohio State prediction. 

Purdue Preview

The Purdue Boilermakers are 23-2 (12-2) this year after they defeated Minnesota by a score of 84-76 in their last game. Purdue trailed 43-35 at halftime, but they out scored Minnesota 49-33 in the second half for the win. The Boilermakers shot 47.5% from the field and were +17 in rebounding margin in the game. Purdue has won nine games in a row and 16 of their last 17. The Boilermakers are scoring 85 points per game with 41.4 rebounds per game and 18.4 assists per game, while allowing 69.8 points against per game this year. Zach Edey is averaging 23.3 points per game, 11.8 rebounds per game, and 1.8 assists per game. Purdue is shooting 49.1% from the field, 70.9% on free throws, and 40.3% on three pointers this season.

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Ohio State Preview

The Ohio State Buckeyes are 14-11 (4-10) this season after they lost to Wisconsin by a score of 62-54 in their last game. Ohio State trailed 34-21 at the half, but did out score Wisconsin 33-28 in the second half in the loss. The Buckeyes shot 41.1% from the field and were -13 in rebounding margin in the game. Ohio State defeated Maryland by a score of 79-75 in the game prior to Wisconsin, but lost the previous five games. The Buckeyes are scoring 74.4 points per game with 37 rebounds per game and 13.8 assists per game, while giving up 69.7 points against per game this season. Bruce Thornton is averaging 15.8 points per game, 3.3 rebounds per game, and 4.2 assists per game. Ohio State is shooting 44.5% from the field, 76.2% on free throws, and 33.9% on three pointers this year. 

Purdue vs Ohio State Betting Prediction

Purdue comes into this matchup on a nine game winning streak, while Ohio State has been one of the worst teams in the Big Ten so far this year. The Buckeyes have lost six of their last seven games, but they have played slightly better in their last four games. Purdue is scoring 85 points per game with 49.1% field goal shooting, but they failed to cover against Minnesota last time out. Purdue is the better team by a mile in this matchup, but I do like how Ohio State has fought in their last four. Take OSU to keep this one somewhat close. 

David Racey's Free Pick: Ohio State +7.5

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David Racey

David started writing about sports in 2015, but sports has been his passion for as long as he can remember. David spends most of his free time watching pretty much anything sports related from Baseball to Tennis and everything in between. David likes to analyze statistics and recent results to form an unbiased opinion on whatever game he is breaking down. Follow David on Twitter at @itsyerboi41

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