Ohio State Buckeyes vs Purdue Boilermakers Prediction, 3/12/2021 College Basketball Pick, Tips and Odds
Game: Ohio State Buckeyes vs Purdue Boilermakers
Date: Friday, March 12, 2021
Location: Lucas Oil Stadium in Indianapolis, IN
Odds/Point Spread: Ohio State (+2.5)
Lucas Oil Stadium is the site where and the Purdue Boilermakers (18-8) will play the Ohio State Buckeyes (18-8) on Friday. Ohio State opens this contest as 2.5-point underdogs. The over/under has been set at 143.
Ohio State comes into this one with a mark of 18-8 this year. They currently have an average of 76.8 points per game (54th in college hoops) while hitting 46.0% from the field. The Buckeyes are shooting 36.1% on shots from downtown (212 of 587) and 77.0% from the charity stripe. As a unit, Ohio State is collecting 35.9 rebounds per game and has earned 329 dimes so far this season, which has them ranked 122nd in the nation in terms of passing. They cough up possession 10.4 times per contest and as a group they are committing 18.1 personal fouls every game. On the defensive end, the Buckeyes have forced 10.5 turnovers per game while drawing 19.0 personal fouls. They are surrendering 34.4% on 3-point attempts and they are 168th in college hoops in PPG allowed (69.9). The Buckeyes defense is giving up an opponent shooting percentage of 42.8% (638 of 1,491) and they surrender 32.8 boards per contest as a team. They are 293rd in the country in giving up assists to the opposition with 351 relinquished this year.
The Ohio State Buckeyes faced the Illinois Fighting Illini and took a loss by a final of 73-68 in their last contest. Ohio State ended the contest with a 40.0% field goal percentage (26 of 65) and knocked down 9 of 29 three-point shots. From the charity stripe, the Buckeyes converted 7 of their 11 tries for a percentage of 63.6%. In regard to rebounding, they compiled 31 with 11 of them being on the offensive end. They also recorded 10 assists for this game while forcing the opposition into 9 turnovers and earning 4 steals. With respect to defending, Ohio State allowed the other team to shoot 51.9% from the floor on 27 out of 52 shooting. Illinois earned 12 dimes and had 4 steals in this matchup. Additionally, Illinois totaled 34 rebounds (10 offensive, 24 defensive) and earned 1 block. Illinois finished the contest at 62.5% at the charity stripe by burying 15 of their 24 tries. They made 4 out of their 12 tries from downtown.
E.J. Liddell is one guy who was a factor for the game. He scored 19 points on 8 of 17 shooting. He played for 35 mins and also collected 4 rebounds. Liddell ended up shooting 47.1% from the floor but didn't record an assist. An additional guy that was a major contributor in this game for the Buckeyes was Duane Washington. He snagged 3 rebounds in his 35 minutes on the court. He went 33.3% from the field for this contest by connecting on 6-of-18 (15 points). In all, Washington had accumulated 6 assists.
Purdue has a win-loss record of 18-8 on the season. As an offense, the Boilermakers are shooting 45.2% from the floor, which is 122nd in college basketball. Purdue has earned 1,842 points for the campaign (70.8 per contest) and they pull down 37.7 rebounds per game. Their rate of earning assists is at 14.2 times per contest (103rd in the country) and they lose possession by turning the ball over 12.7 times per contest. The Boilermakers commit 17.6 fouls per contest and they connect on 72.0% from the free throw line. The Boilermakers defensively are ranked 57th in D-1 in points per game surrendered with 65.5. They have surrendered 13.9 assists and 31.0 boards per game, which ranks them 253rd and 29th in those categories on the defensive end. The Purdue defense gives up 31.3% on shots from behind the 3-point line (208 of 664) and opponents are making 66.6% of their shots from the free throw line. They are forcing their opponents into 11.4 turnovers on a nightly basis and allow teams to shoot 41.2% from the field (65th in Division 1).
When they last played, the Purdue Boilermakers took home the win by a final score of 67-58 when they faced the Indiana Hoosiers. The Boilermakers recorded 26 defensive boards and 8 offensive boards totaling 34 for the contest. They also coughed up the ball 15 times, while getting 6 steals for the matchup. The Hoosiers committed 16 personal fouls in this matchup which took the Boilermakers to the free throw line for 19 attempts. They were able to make 15 of those for a rate of 78.9%. When it comes to three-point shots, Purdue made 6 of their 21 tries (28.6%). When the final whistle blew, the Boilermakers shot 23 for 48 from the field which had them at 47.9%. The Boilermakers allowed the Hoosiers to make 20 of 52 tries from the floor which had them shooting 38.5% for the contest. They finished 21.7% from three-point range by connecting on 5 out of 23 and finished the game at 13 out of 18 from the free throw line (72.2%). Concerning how they cleaned up the glass, Purdue allowed Indiana to snag 21 overall (4 on the offensive side).
Jaden Ivey ended up having an impact for the Boilermakers in this contest. He converted 6 of 9 for this contest giving him a rate of 66.7%, and had 1 rebound. Ivey earned 17 points in his 28 mins of playing time and accounted for 1 assist in this matchup. Someone else that played a role for Purdue was Sasha Stefanovic. He walked away with 6 dimes in 35 mins played, and he converted 2 out of 7 from the floor. Stefanovic walked away from this one going 28.6% from the field in addition to notching 8 points and 4 total rebounds.
Who will win tonight's college basketball game against the spread?
Guy Bruhn's Pick: Take Purdue (-2.5)
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