Purdue vs. Ohio State Prediction
Can Ohio State pull off the upset tonight when it hosts Purdue at 7:00PM ET?
According to oddsmakers from online sports book Bovada.lv, the Boilermakers are 3.5-point favorites versus the Buckeyes while the over/under currently sits at 144 points. Neither the side nor the total have moved off the original numbers set by oddsmakers.
PURDUE KEY TRENDS: The Boilermakers are hot at the betting window, covering in six of their last seven games overall. They're also 7-1-1 against the spread in their last nine conference games, are 6-1 against the number in their last seven road games, and are an impressive 12-3-1 at the betting window in their last 16 games when they're favored. They're 4-0 ATS in their last four games as a road favorite as well.
OHIO STATE KEY TRENDS: The Buckeyes are just 1-4 against the spread in their last five games as a n underdog, are 1-5 against the number in their last six games overall, and are winless at the betting window in their last four conference games. They've also failed to cover in eight of their last 11 games when playing an opponent that owns a winning record.
OUR PREDICTION: The trends above don't favor Ohio State but where area where the Buckeyes have succeed and Purdue has failed for bettors is coming off losses. OSU fell 75-70 at Illinois as a 1-point road favorite on New Year's Day and despite the setback, the Buckeyes are 9-3-1 against the spread in their last 13 games when following a loss. Purdue, meanwhile, fell 91-82 to Minnesota in overtime at home when it was a 13.5-point favorite. The Boilermakers are 1-5-1 against the spread in their last seven games following defeat. I like Ohio State to rebound quicker and hang with Purdue on its home floor tonight.
THURSDAY COLLEGE BASKETBALL PREDICTIONS: OHIO STATE BUCKEYES +3.5