A Big Ten matchup will hit the stage on Thursday Night when the Purdue Boilermakers visit the Ohio State Buckeyes. The College Basketball betting spread favors Purdue by 3.5-points. Tip-off is this Thursday, January 5th at 7:00 PM ET on ESPN from the Value City Arena in Columbus, Ohio.
Purdue Boilermakers Vs Ohio State Buckeyes Spread & ATS Pick
What: Purdue Boilermakers (12-3) at Ohio State Buckeyes (10-4)
When: Thursday, January 5, 2016
Start Time: 7:00 PM ET
Where: Columbus, Ohio
Stadium: Value City Arena
Spread: Purdue -3.5
Game Total: N/A
Stream: Watch ESPN
Listen: Purdue vs Ohio State
Why Bet The Purdue Boilermakers To Beat The Buckeyes
Purdue lost their last outing 91-82 against Minnesota, ending a seven-game winning streak. They are 12-3 SU and 8-4 ATS this season. They average 84.5 points per game (20th) and allow 65.4 points per game (55th).
The Boilermakers shoot 49.0% from the field (20th) and 40.6% from three-point land (12th). Sophomore forward Caleb Swanigan (18.5 PPG & 13.0 RPG) and Junior center Isaac Haas (13.9 PPG & 5.2 RPG) are the two main scorers on the team.
“I think he’s playing extremely well right now,” OSU head coach Thad Matta said Wednesday of Caleb Swanigan. “Statistically, numbers, percentages, that sort of thing, he is producing at a very, very high level. He’s not one guy that can be stopped alone. Everybody has got to be aware of where he is and what he’s doing, coming to the offensive glass and making sure we understand what he wants to do in the post when he catches it and those types of things. He’s playing at a very, very high level, there’s no question about it.”
Purdue averages 20.3 assists per game (2nd). Junior forward Vince Edwards (12.1 PPG & 5.4 APG) leads the team in assists. They average 40.3 rebounds per game (31st), 2.60 blocks (267th) and 5.1 steals per game (296th).
Why Bet The Ohio State Buckeyes To Beat The Boilermakers
Ohio State is 2-2 in their last four games including a 75-70 loss to the Illinois Illini the last time they jumped on a court. They are 10-4 SU and 4-8 ATS this season. They average 74.6 points per game (98th) and allow 63.9 points per game (35th).
“I think that it’s easier said than done,” Matta said of protecting home court during conference play. “‘We’re home, this ought to be easy.’ It doesn’t quite work that way. When you’re playing a team like Purdue, I think they’re really, really good, we’ve got to do all the little things for 40 minutes. There can’t be letdowns because they shoot it too well and, obviously, their post-game is too good.”
The Buckeyes shoot 48.1% from field goal (36th). Five players on Ohio State average over 10 points per game. Junior forward Jae’Sean Tate (19.9 PPG & 6.9 TBG) and Sophomore guard JaQuan Lyle (11.9 PPG & 5.7 APG) are the two primary scorers on the team. Lyle is coming off a 26 points performance against Illinois.
Ohio State averages 15.3 assists per game (98th) and 13.5 turnovers. They also average 39.6 rebounds per game (57th) and 5.8 steals.
If You Still Can’t Decide Who To Bet On:
- Ohio State has won seven of the last ten meetings against Purdue.
- Buckeyes are 9-3-1 ATS in their last 13 games following a straight up loss.
- Buckeyes are 0-4 ATS in their last 4 Thursday games.
- Boilermakers are 1-5-1 ATS in their last 7 games following a straight up loss.
- Boilermakers are 6-1 ATS in their last 7 road games.
Purdue Vs Ohio State Expert ATS Pick
Ohio State is 1-5 against the spread in their last 6 games, 0-4 against the spread against the Big Ten, and 9-3-1 against the spread following a loss.
Purdue is 7-1-1 against the spread against the Big Ten, 6-1 against the spread in their last 7 road games against a team with a winning home record, and 1-5-1 against the spread following a loss. The road team has covered the point spread in 5 of the last 7 meetings of these two teams.
I am betting on Purdue to win and cover the spread in this tilt.