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NCAA hoops odds preview - Purdue vs. Ohio State

Purdue BoilermakersOhio State Buckeyes
March 9, 8:55 PM | Bankers Life Fieldhouse

Purdue Boilermakers vs Ohio State Buckeyes Odds

21-11TEAM RECORD25-6

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

This game is part of the Big Ten Tournament which will decide the conference champion and help decide March Madness seedings. Bankers Life Fieldhouse is the location for this game, which makes it a neutral-site matchup.

Ohio State will face the 21-11 Boilermakers, who own a 17-13 ATS mark on the season. In totals betting, the Buckeyes are 15-11-1 favoring the UNDER so far this season while the Boilermakers are 19-11 favoring the OVER.

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Power Rankings / Prediction:
It's a betting matchup between the No. 5-rated Buckeyes and the No. 118-ranked Boilermakers, according to the latest pro hoops power rankings here at Odds Shark. Prediction formulas run on this game indicate a possible 84-75 result in favor of the Buckeyes.

How They Match Up:
Rating these schools in several key categories is important for handicappers and Ohio State has the nation's No. 39-rated offensive output, at 74.6 PPG. The visiting Boilermakers defense ranks No. 121 allowing on average 65.3 PPG. The Buckeyes FG% has averaged 48.1% so far, more than the Boilermakers marksmen have achieved on the year, 44.2% per game.

Defensively, Purdue features the nation's No. 230-rated defense on the road, allowing 71.9 points per game. Ohio State, meanwhile, comes in at No. 53 nationally in scoring at home.

Last time out for Purdue, they were a 79-61 winner as they battled Nebraska at home. They covered in the match as a 9-point favorite. Purdue got 17 points from Anthony Johnson en route to a 79-61 victory over Nebraska on Thursday at Bankers Life Fieldhouse.

Last time out for Ohio State, they were a 72-70 winner as they battled Michigan State on the road. They covered in the match as a 2.5-point underdog. William Buford scored 25 points for Ohio State on Sunday, leading the Buckeyes to a 72-70 win over Michigan State at Breslin Center.