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Big Ten Tournament - College Basketball Matchup - Ohio State Buckeyes Purdue Boilermakers Odds Preview

Purdue BoilermakersOhio State Buckeyes
15-16March 13, 2014, 02:25 | Bankers Life Fieldhouse23-8

The visiting Purdue Boilermakers hope to send their backers to the pay window on Thursday as they look to cover the spread at Bankers Life Fieldhouse against the Ohio State Buckeyes.

The Boilermakers will look to vanquish their hosts on Thursday, as they are 11-16-1 ATS versus the spread this season, while the Buckeyes are 15-15 ATS. Purdue is 15-13 against the total, while Ohio State is 13-17 versus the number.View Purdue Boilermakers vs Ohio State Buckeyes Odds and Stats.

Sportsbooks (including Bovada) had the Buckeyes installed as -8-point favorites in this particular matchup earlier in the day. Also, watch for the opening over-under value at TopBet.

According to new college basketball power rankings here, it's the No. 68-ranked Buckeyes and the No. 275-rated Boilermakers in this matchup.

In their last action, Purdue was a 74-65 loser at home against Northwestern. They failed to cover the 9-point spread as favorites. Purdue got 13 points from A.J. Hammons but lost anyway, 74-65, to Northwestern on Sunday at Mackey Arena.

Ohio State won its last outing, a 69-67 result against Michigan State on March 9. They failed to cover in that game as a 3.5-point favorite. Ohio State earned a 69-67 victory over Michigan State on Sunday, getting 22 points from LaQuinton Ross at Value City Arena.

How They Match Up:
Rebounding is always a key handicapping consideration and Boilermakers is ranked No. 12 in NCAA hoops at 39.29 per game. Contrast that with Ohio State’s No. 186 mark in the paint. When it comes to three-point shooting, Ohio State is the No. 141-ranked team in the country at 5.97 per game, while Purdue rates No. 173 at 5.61 per game.

A few Boilermakers at Buckeyes trends to consider:
Purdue is 0-5 SU in its last 5 games
The total has gone OVER in 6 of Purdue's last 7 games
Purdue is 1-4 ATS in its last 5 games when playing Ohio State
Purdue is 0-5 SU in its last 5 games when playing Ohio State
Ohio State is 7-3 SU in its last 10 games
Ohio State is 4-1 ATS in its last 5 games when playing Purdue
Ohio State is 5-0 SU in its last 5 games when playing Purdue
The total has gone OVER in 6 of Ohio State's last 7 games when playing Purdue