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Purdue vs. Ohio State - 2/7/18 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Game
Ohio State Buckeyes (20-5) at Purdue Boilermakers (23-2)
Date & Time Wednesday February 7, 2018, 8:30 PM (EST)
The Line
The Line: Purdue Boilermakers -9 -- Over/Under:
TV Channel
BTN
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NCAA BB | Ohio State Buckeyes (20-5) at Purdue Boilermakers (23-2)
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The Ohio State Buckeyes and Purdue Boilermakers meet Wednesday in college basketball action at the Mackey Arena.

The Ohio State Buckeyes look for another victory after winning 10 of their last 11 games. The Ohio State Buckeyes are averaging 77.4 points on 49.1 percent shooting and allowing 66.2 points on 41 percent shooting. Keita Bates-Diop is averaging 20.2 points and 8.9 rebounds while Jae'Sean Tate is averaging 12.8 points and 2.8 assists. C.J. Jackson is the third double-digit scorer and Kaleb Wesson is grabbing 5.4 rebounds. The Ohio State Buckeyes are shooting 35.5 percent from beyond the arc and 74.5 percent from the free throw line. The Ohio State Buckeyes are allowing 33.9 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 34.7 rebounds per game. The Ohio State Buckeyes have won five straight road games.

The Purdue Boilermakers look for another win to build on their 19-game winning streak. The Purdue Boilermakers are averaging 84 points on 50.2 percent shooting and allowing 64.2 points on 39.7 percent shooting. Carsen Edwards is averaging 16.6 points and three assists while Vincent Edwards is averaging 15.5 points and 7.8 rebounds. Isaac Haas is the third double-digit scorer and Dakota Mathias is dishing 4.4 assists. The Purdue Boilermakers are shooting 42.8 percent from beyond the arc and 75.2 percent from the free throw line. The Purdue Boilermakers are allowing 32.9 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 33 rebounds per game. The Purdue Boilermakers haven’t lost a home game since January 1 of last year.

The Buckeyes are 4-0 ATS in their last 4 road games, 9-3 ATS in their last 12 vs. Big Ten and 7-3 ATS in their last 10 games overall. The Boilermakers are 23-9-1 ATS in their last 33 home games, 0-4 ATS in their last 4 vs. Big Ten and 0-4 ATS in their last 4 games overall. The Buckeyes are 11-4 ATS in the last 15 meetings in Purdue, 21-10-1 ATS in the last 32 meetings and the underdog is 5-0 ATS in the last 5 meetings.

Four of the last five games between Ohio State and Purdue have been decided by four or less points, and the Buckeyes haven't lost a road game yet this season. In fact, the Ohio State Buckeyes are outscoring teams by 16 points and allowing just 38.9 percent shooting on the road this season, numbers you don't see often. Purdue is a legit national title contender and is deadly when its playing to its full potential, but this line is sleeping on Ohio State and what its done this season. I have to take the points based on the value alone.

Pick:
Ohio State Buckeyes +9

Randy Chambers has been with Sports Chat Place since 2014 and covers everything from the NFL to WNBA and tennis. Nobody works harder in this business in terms of content produced and amount of sports covered. Formerly a lead college football writer with Bleacher Report and has had his work featured at Fox Sports, CBS Sports and various other outlets.

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