NCAA Basketball Picks: Ohio State Buckeyes vs. Purdue Boilermakers

Ohio State Buckeyes vs. Purdue Boilermakers
Monday, 12/30/13, 1:00 PM EST
Opening Point Spread:  Ohio State -7.5
Current Betting Line:  Ohio State -7.5
Opening Total:  N/A
Current Total:  N/A
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The Ohio State Buckeyes are 5-0 ATS in their last five Big Ten Conference games
The Ohio State Buckeyes are 5-0 ATS in their last five Big Ten Conference games

Ohio State has won its first 13 games to open up the 2013-14 season, including a 71-31 blowout victory over Louisiana-Monroe as 24-point home favorites last Friday, while going UNDER the betting total in its last three contests.  The Buckeyes are 7-2 SU in Big Ten Conference openers under head coach Thad Matta, including a 2-2 mark when playing on the road, which is important to consider when making your NCAA basketball picks.  The program has compiled a 4-2 SU record when playing on New Year’s Eve under Matta’s watch.  Ohio State is 5-0 ATS in its last five conference games.

The Buckeyes haven’t allowed an opponent to reach 70 points this season, which can’t be ignored when looking over the college basketball odds page.  In five of its last eight games, Ohio State has connected on better than 52 percent of its field goals, while the team has won 34 consecutive games when connecting on better than half its shots.  Point guard Aaron Craft is the school’s all-time leader in assists and steals, while he’s averaged 11.8 points a game in his career in this series.

Purdue ended its non-conference portion of the schedule nine days ago with its biggest win of the season to date, as it came away with a 73-70 victory over the West Virginia Mountaineers as 5.5-point road underdogs, while going UNDER the betting total of 147.5.  The Boilermakers are one of 21 schools nationally that boast a home record of 8-0 or better, as they’ve outscored opponents by almost 17 points per game at Mackey Arena.  The team has 10 players averaging between 4.5 and 14.0 points per game and 13.6 and 28.3 minutes per contest.  Purdue is 7-3 ATS in its last 10 games versus teams with a winning record.

The Boilermakers have gone 5-12 against the Buckeyes under Matt Painter—his worst record against any Big Ten foe.  Eight times an unranked Purdue squad coached by Painter has faced a nationally-ranked Ohio State team—with the program dropping each of those meetings by an average of 12.6 points.  The team is 19-77 SU all-time against teams ranked in the top five nationally.

Sports bettors will likely back the Buckeyes due to their 9-3 ATS mark in the last 12 meetings in this series.

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