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Purdue vs Ohio State Pick & Preview: Thursday, January 5th Betting Odds

Boilermakers vs Buckeyes Matchup at a Glance

  • Sport: NCAAB
  • Teams: Purdue Boilermakers at Ohio State Buckeyes
  • Where: Columbus at Value City Arena
  • Date: Thursday, January 5th
  • Betting Odds: Purdue +1.5, PUR +103 | OHIOST -127 O/U 141.5

Boilermakers Preview:

Purdue heads into this matchup having played 14 games and have an overall record sitting at 13-1. On the road, the Boilermakers will be playing their 4th game of the season, having gone 4-0. So far, the Boilermakers have been the underdog 2 times, going 2-0 straight up. Heading into today’s contest, they are the +1.5 underdogs on the spread.

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Zach Edey comes into today’s game as the Boilermakers’ leading scorer at 21.69 points per contest. Not only has Edey been key to the team’s scoring efforts, but he is Purdue’s top rebounder at 13.38 boards per contest. Behind Edey, the team has benefited from the strong play of Fletcher Loyer who is second on the team in scoring at 12.14 points per game. Overall, he has hit 36.8% of his shots and is adding 1.5 boards per game.

Through 14 games, Purdue has been playing well on offense, averaging 79.8 points per game. Even though the team has been methodical with their pace, the Boilermakers’ shooters have been hot from outside, hitting 39.1% of their shots per game. This strong shooting percentage has equated to an average of 8.74 made 3’s per contest.

Buckeyes Preview:

The Ohio State Buckeyes will be looking to pick up their 14th win of the season and are in the middle of a 3 game win streak. So far this season, Ohio State has played 9 games at home, sitting with a record of 8-1. At the time of this article, the oddsmakers have the Buckeyes as the -1.5 point favorites. The Buckeyes have been favored 9 times, going 9-0 straight up.

Ohio State will be counting on another strong performance from the team’s leading scorer Brice Sensabaugh who is averaging 15.92 points per game for the Buckeyes. Sensabaugh is also important to the team’s ability to score on the perimeter. So far, he leads the team in 3-point shots made. Also key to the Buckeyes’ offensive gameplan is the play of Justice Sueing who has hit 45.5% of his field goal attempts on his way to averaging 13.54 points per game.

On offense, Ohio State comes into the game looking to control the pace of play, as they are just 643rd in possessions per game. Even with their preference to slow the game down, the Buckeyes’ are scoring at a rate similar to the NCAA average at 73.8 points per game. So far, 39.7% of their shots have come from beyond the arc, where they have connected at a rate of 37.3%.

Free Spread Prediction: Purdue Boilermakers +1.5

Heading into this matchup between the Ohio State Buckeyes and Purdue Boilermakers we have a strong lean on taking the points with Purdue at +1.5. Both team’s are going to come into this game looking to get up looks from outside, as they are both average team’s in terms of 3-pointers made per game. Look for Purdue to benefit from facing another squad looking to turn this into a 3-point shooting contest. When looking at the line, we see tremendous value in taking the Purdue Boilermakers at +1.5. Go ahead and lock this bet in before tip-off.

 


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