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Purdue big dogs at Ohio State

Jared Sullinger looks for another dominant performance in Big Ten action Tuesday at Value City Arena as the host Ohio State Buckeyes take on the Purdue Boilermakers.

The No. 3-ranked Buckeyes handled Wisconsin on the weekend with Sullinger dominating the paint. But Purdue has won 4 of 6 meetings with Ohio State, something underdog bettors will find interesting with such a large spread today.

View Purdue vs Ohio State Odds and Stats.

Betting Line:
On the opening NCAAB line for this matchup, Ohio State sat as 16-point favorites, but was quickly bet down to 14.5 at shops like BetOnline. The total sat at 129.5 at Bovada.

Power Rankings / Prediction:
The Odds Shark Power Rankings have the Buckeyes at No. 2 and the Boilermakers at No. 93 heading into this contest. Handicapping models at Odds Shark project a 87-73 result in favor of the Buckeyes.

How They Match Up:
Offensively, the game matches up Ohio State's No. 31 nationally ranked offense (76.5 points per game) against a Boilermakers defense that sits as the No. 88 at 63.5 PPG. The Buckeyes have been averaging 49% from the field, more than the Boilermakers have managed so far this season (42.9% on average).

Defensively, Purdue features the nation's No. 199-rated defense on the road, allowing 71.1 points per game. Ohio State, meanwhile, comes in at No. 44 nationally in scoring at home.

In their last action, Purdue was a 78-61 loser at home against Indiana. They failed to cover the 3.5-point spread as favorites. The Boilermakers endured a 78-61 loss at the hands of the Hoosiers on Saturday, despite a 16-point effort from Robbie Hummel at Mackey Arena.

Ohio State was a 58-52 winner in their most recent outing on the road against Wisconsin. They covered the 4-point spread as favorites. Jared Sullinger scored 24 points and added 10 rebounds for a double-double, leading Ohio State over Wisconsin, 58-52, on Saturday at Kohl Center.

Purdue Boilermakers Trends:
When playing on Tuesday are 5-5
Before playing Northwestern are 7-3
After playing Indiana are 6-4
After a loss are 8-2

Ohio State Buckeyes Trends:
When playing on Tuesday are 6-4
Before playing Michigan State are 5-5
After playing Wisconsin are 7-3
After a win are 8-2


A few Boilermakers at Buckeyes trends to consider:
The total has gone OVER in 4 of Purdue's last 6 games on the road
Purdue is 2-4 ATS in its last 6 games on the road
Purdue is 2-9-1 ATS in its last 12 games when playing on the road against Ohio State
Purdue is 1-11 SU in its last 12 games when playing on the road against Ohio State
Ohio State is 5-0 SU in its last 5 games
Ohio State is 5-0 SU in its last 5 games at home
Ohio State is 11-1 SU in its last 12 games when playing at home against Purdue
Ohio State is 18-6 SU in its last 24 games when playing Purdue

Next up:
Purdue home to Northwestern, Sunday, February 12
Ohio State home to Michigan State, Saturday, February 11