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Ohio State vs Purdue Betting Odds – Boilermakers pile pressure on road-weary Buckeyes

Posted by Washington Tucker on 1/11/2010 3:36:40 PM

NCAA Basketball Odds: Pick Purdue


Tuesday’s Ohio State vs Purdue betting odds features a top-10 team coming off their first loss of the season, but the Boilermakers will welcome a Buckeyes squad that have had problems away from home this year. Look for a strong defensive effort from the Boilermakers in Big Ten play.

WHAT: NCAA basketball betting
WHEN: Tuesday, January 12, 7:00 PM ET
WHERE: Mackey Arena, West Lafayette, IN
KEY STAT: Ohio State is 1-4 away from home in 2010


The Storyline - Ohio State vs Purdue betting odds maker breakdown
The Buckeyes (11-5, 1-3) began the season in the top 20, but have fallen out of the rankings due to a terrible start in Big Ten play. This will be their fourth road game in five outings, and all three previous games have ended in a loss. The Boilermakers (14-1, 2-1) should fall out of the top five due to their loss at Wisconsin, but Purdue is still one of the top Sportsbook favorites to win the conference. The Buckeyes have dropped three in a row at Purdue.

Offensive Matchups - Ohio State vs Purdue betting odds maker breakdown
Ohio State’s offense received a boost as Evan Turner returned early from a back injury. The versatile forward had a great line against Minnesota, but the Buckeyes turned the ball over 19 times as they try to integrate their star back into the lineup. Ohio State is a solid shooting team, but taking care of the ball is key

The Boilermakers have a great inside-outside duo in JaJuan Johnson and E’Twaun Moore, while forward Robbie Hummel is the glue that holds them together. They went cold in the second half of their loss against Wisconsin, but like the Buckeyes, Purdue is an efficient team and they take better care of the ball..

Betting Edge: Purdue


Defensive Matchups - Ohio State vs Purdue betting odds maker breakdown
The Buckeyes’ defense has been keeping them in games, and prior to the Minnesota game, they had been holding opponents under 40% from the field. They try to funnel teams towards Dallas Lauderdale, who is averaging almost three blocks a game. Turner is also a solid defender for the Buckeyes.

The Boilermakers held the Badgers to 41.1% from the floor, but Wisconsin got hot early in the second half, which put Purdue in a hole. Hummel is known as one of the best defenders in the country, and he should draw the assignment of watching Turner. Johnson is a good shotblocker in the middle, while Moore leads the Purdue perimeter defense.

Betting Edge: Draw


Coaching Matchup - Ohio State vs Purdue betting odds maker breakdown
Thad Matta led the Buckeyes back to the NCAA Tournament last year after winning the NIT Tournament, but he’ll need to get his players ready to dig themselves out of this hole. The Buckeyes have dropped three of their four games on the road, and Matta has to keep his players calm in what will be a hostile environment.

After a rough rookie season, Matt Painter has led the Boilermakers to three straight appearances in the Big Dance, and last year’s Sweet 16 showing has created high expectations for Purdue. The loss to Wisconsin may have brought Purdue down a peg, meaning Painter won’t have to motivate his troops much in this online betting matchup.

Betting Edge: Purdue


Betting Prediction - Ohio State vs Purdue betting odds maker breakdown
The Boilermakers should be favoured at home, where they are 8-0 this season. The Buckeyes have struggled away from home and have lost their last three at Mackey Arena, which is one of the toughest places to play in the entire country. This will be a closer game than people expect because Ohio State has a lot of experience, but Turner is still getting into the swing of things after his injury, and Hummel is a tough defender.

WASHINGTON’S PICK:Purdue

For more sports betting tips and analysis in college basketball, get your weekly fix in betonline.com’s The Betting Edge. For more on the Ohio State vs Purdue matchup, please visit our stats section.

 


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