Ohio State Buckeyes (5-0) à Purdue Boilermakers (4-2)
College basketball: Wednesday December 16, 2020 at 7:00 p.m. (Mackey Arena)
The Line: Purdue Boilermakers -3.5 – Over / Under: 137.5 Click for latest betting odds
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The Ohio State Buckeyes and Purdue Boilermakers meet Wednesday night for Big Ten college basketball action from Mackey Arena.
The Ohio State Buckeyes will look to add to their current 5-0 start to the year after a 67-61 win over Cleveland State last time around. Duane Washington Jr. led the Buckeyes with 17 points, including a pair of threes, while CJ Walker added 16 points with 3 assists and Zed Key added 12 points with 10 rebounds, a team-high for the double- doubles to top the double-digit scorer trio for the Buckeyes in the winning effort. EJ Liddell leads the Buckeyes in scoring and rebounding averaging 15.5 points and 7.5 rebounds per game while CJ Walker leads the Buckeyes in assists with 4 assists per game this season. As a team, Ohio State averages 80.4 points on 44.2% shots from the field, 34.9% from 3 points and 77.8% from the foul line. , while allowing opposing teams to average 64.2 points on 39.3% shots from the field and 40%. from 3 points this season.
The Purdue Boilermakers will be looking to add to their current 4-2 record after an 80-68 win over Indiana State last time around. Trevion Williams led the Boilermakers with 30 points on 13 of 18 shots with 11 rebounds for the double-double while Eric Hunter Jr. added 13 points with a team-high 5 assists and Sasha Stefanovic added 12 points with 3 three and 4 assists. Zach Edey and Aaron Wheeler each had 10 points to top the double-digit score for Purdue with Edey shooting 4 of 6 from the floor while Wheeler added 13 rebounds for the double-double of the win. Williams leads the Boilermakers with 13.3 points and 10.3 rebounds per game while Stefanovic leads Purdue in assists with 3.3 assists per game this season. As a team, Purdue averages 73.7 points on 47.2% shots from the field, 37.8% from 3 points and 70.3% from the foul line while allowing opposing teams averaging 63.7 points on 42% shots from the field and 27.4% of 3-point range this season.
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Ohio State is 1-4 CÉP in its last 5 road games and 11-5 CÉP in its last 16 games overall, while the Plus are 4-0 in their last 4 road games. against a team with a winning record at home. Purdue is 1-4 CEP in its last 5 games overall and 0-4 CEP in its last 4 games after a win, while the plus is 9-2 in its last 11 home games.
Points are tempting, especially if EJ Liddell can make it into this game because he missed time with a non-COVID illness, but I’m still riding with Purdue here. I didn’t like the way Ohio State had to scratch by Cleveland State and I just think if you have to scratch by Cleveland State you’re going to have a hard time dealing with the balance that Purdue brings to the table with people like Edey and Trevion Williams on the inside and Stefanovic on the outside. I’m going to dot it with Purdue there.
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