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Ohio State Purdue Betting Tips – Buckeyes Try To Bounce Back After Humbling Loss

Posted by Washington Tucker on 1/7/2013 6:10:17 PM

The Ohio State Buckeyes got roughed up by the Illinois Fighting Illini this past Saturday. They will try to wipe the dust from their uniforms and get things right against Purdue.

Ohio State Buckeyes @ Purdue Boilermakers – Tuesday, January 8     
Sport betting line: No line

Why Ohio State Will Win

When football betting gurus turn their attention from the just-concluded college football season and focus on college basketball, they're going to realize that the Buckeyes have better players than Purdue. The Boilermakers are just not the same team they've been in past years. Robbie Hummel, the do-everything wing player with the heart of a lion, is no longer on the Boilermakers' roster. He's not able to provide the scoring, leadership, defense, and rebounding that head coach Matt Painter had come to count on.
Purdue has a younger and noticeably inexperienced roster compared to the teams it has fielded over the past few years. The Boilermakers had some chances to make deep NCAA tournament runs, gaining top-five seeds in the Big Dance and reaching the Sweet 16 in the 2010 tournament. Now, though, it seems as though the Boilers – a team that did not achieve much in non-conference competition – will have to do something special just to sneak into the tournament. A home-court win over Illinois this past week was a nice start, but can Purdue really win back-to-back games against ranked teams? The odds suggest otherwise.

While worrying about Purdue's heft, a bettor should also realize that Ohio State played a terrible game this past Saturday against Illinois. The Buckeyes shot only 33 percent from the floor, and Deshaun Thomas took more than one third of the team's field goal attempts, an unhealthy degree of imbalance. Head coach Thad Matta will insist on better ball movement from his team in its halfcourt sets. A smarter approach should lead to better shot opportunities and a solid performance on the road.

Why Purdue Will Win

Even if you don't care for online casino games, you have to admit that if you gambled on Purdue last week against Illinois, you were rewarded for your boldness. The Boilermakers held the Fighting Illini to 36-percent shooting from the field and won a typical Big Ten defensive grinder that was played in the 60s (68-61). The Purdue win over Illinois brings up an important point: You can see that it's going to be very hard for Big Ten teams to win on the road this season.

Ohio State's lopsided loss at Illinois this past Saturday shows that the same team Purdue defeated at home was able to become a potent force when it played on its own home floor. Illinois was clearly inferior to Purdue, but as soon as it went back to Champaign, Ill., it rediscovered itself against Ohio State. The Buckeyes have one of the better assemblages of talent in the Big Ten, but in their conference road opener, they were lost. Will Ohio State really be able to figure out how to win on the road this quickly? The Buckeyes will probably learn how to play well on the road before the season ends, but the question is if they will be able to play well on the road in this game, in early January? It's hard to feel confident about Ohio State as a road team right now. Conversely, it's easy to feel confident about Purdue when the Boilers remain at home at Mackey Arena in West Lafayette, Ind. Go with the home team – this will be a frequent piece of betting advice in the 2013 Big Ten basketball season.

Who Will Win

It’s very possible that Purdue will continue to carry the banner for home teams in Big Ten games. However, Ohio State didn't show up at Illinois. You can count on the Buckeyes to respond with a strong performance against Purdue. The Buckeyes will own the paint and the glass. Superiority near the rim will enable Ohio State to win this game.

College Basketball Betting Pick: Ohio State



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