Ohio State Buckeyes vs Purdue Boilermakers Prediction, 12/16/2020 College Basketball Pick, Tips and Odds
Game: Ohio State Buckeyes vs Purdue Boilermakers
Date: Wednesday, December 16, 2020
Location: Mackey Arena in West Lafayette, IN
Odds/Point Spread: Ohio State (+3.5)
The Purdue Boilermakers (4-2) play the Ohio State Buckeyes (5-0) at Mackey Arena on Wednesday. The odds on this game have Purdue as 3.5-point favorites. The over/under has been set at 137.5.
Ohio State comes into this game with a win-loss mark of 5-0 on the campaign. They are averaging 80.4 points per contest (74th in college hoops) while connecting on 44.2% from the field. The Buckeyes are shooting 34.9% on three-point shots (37 of 106) and 77.8% from the free throw line. As a unit, Ohio State is grabbing 38.6 boards per contest and has totaled 64 assists on the season, which has them ranked 159th in the country in terms of passing the rock. They cough up possession 8.8 times per contest and as a squad they commit 15.6 fouls on a nightly basis. When they are on defense, the Buckeyes are able to force 14.6 turnovers per game while drawing 22.4 fouls. They are conceding 40.0% from 3-point land and they are ranked 77th in college hoops in PPG allowed (64.2). The Buckeyes defense is allowing and opponent field goal percentage of 39.3% (110 of 280) and they surrender 33.2 rebounds per game as a squad. They are 178th in D-1 in allowing assists to their opponents with 61 conceded for the campaign.
The Ohio State Buckeyes faced off with the Cleveland State Vikings and walked away with a win by a score of 67-61 in their last contest. Ohio State finished the contest having earned a 40.4% field goal percentage (21 of 52) and buried 6 out of their 21 3-point shots. At the free throw line, the Buckeyes converted 19 of their 26 attempts for a rate of 73.1%. With regard to grabbing rebounds, they earned a total of 30 with 8 of them being offensive. They also doled out 10 dimes in this game in addition to having 3 steals and 5 blocks. Regarding the defense, Ohio State allowed 40.4% from the floor on 21 out of 52. Cleveland State recorded 11 dimes and 2 steals for this contest. Moreover, the Vikings pulled down 30 rebounds (5 offensive, 25 defensive) and earned 5 blocked shots. Cleveland State finished the game at 53.8% from the free throw line by converting 7 of their 13 tries. They also converted 6 out of their 15 attempts from distance.
CJ Walker is a player who had an impact for the matchup. He notched 16 points on 5 of 12 shooting. He was on the hardwood for 36 mins played and pulled down 4 rebounds. Walker finished the game at 41.7% from the field and dished out 3 assists. Someone else that had an impact in this game for the Buckeyes was Duane Washington. He grabbed 2 rebounds and also collected 2 assists. He walked away from this one shooting 35.7% from the floor in this matchup by hitting 5-of-14 (17 points). In all, Washington was on the hardwood for 30 min.
Purdue has a mark of 4-2 this year. When it comes to offensive execution, the Boilermakers are shooting 47.2% from the field, which has them ranked 115th in the country. Purdue has totaled 442 pts this year (73.7 per game) and they grab 36.8 rebounds per game. They are assisting teammates 17.3 times per game (47th in D-1) and they lose possession by turning the ball over 15.3 times per contest. The Boilermakers are committing 17.5 personal fouls per contest while shooting 70.3% from the free throw line. The Boilermakers are ranked 69th in the nation in points allowed per game with 63.7. They are forcing their opponents into 13.7 TO's every game and have let teams shoot 42.0% from the field (157th in college hoops). The Purdue defense allows 27.4% on 3-pointers (40 of 146) and their opponents are knocking down 70.4% of their foul shots. They concede 13.7 assists and 26.3 rebounds every game, ranking them 206th and 6th in those defensive categories.
When they last stepped on the court, the Purdue Boilermakers took home the win by a final score of 80-68 when they faced the Indiana State Sycamores. The Boilermakers recorded 25 defensive rebounds and 11 offensive boards totaling 36 in the game. They also turned away 8 shots while getting 3 steals for this contest. The Sycamores committed 21 fouls in this contest which took the Boilermakers to the free throw line for 21 attempts. They were able to bury 14 of those for a percentage of 66.7%. When discussing shots from downtown, Purdue converted 6 of their 16 attempts (37.5%). Overall, the Boilermakers shot 30 out of 54 from the floor which gave them a rate of 55.6%. The Boilermakers permitted the Sycamores to knock down 26 out of 59 tries from the floor which gave them a percentage of 44.1% for this contest. They shot 31.8% from distance via 7 of 22 and ended up going 9 out of 13 from the free throw line (69.2%). When it comes to how they rebounded, Purdue allowed Indiana State to grab 21 in all (6 offensive).
Eric Hunter was important for the Boilermakers for the game. He made 4 of 12 in the matchup for a field goal rate of 33.3%, which had him sitting at 13 points. Hunter totaled 2 rebounds in his 34 mins played and added 5 dimes in the matchup. An additional guy who saw a lot of minutes for Purdue was Sasha Stefanovic. He ended up scoring 12 points in his 33 minutes on the court by going 3 out of 5 from the floor in this game. Stefanovic ended up shooting 60.0% from the field as well as earning 4 assists and 3 total rebounds.
Who will win tonight's college basketball game against the spread?
Tony Sink's Pick: Take Ohio State (+3.5)
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