- Purdue is a 10-home favorite over Ohio State on Sunday
- Ohio State is on a three-game winning streak
- A look at the odds and matchup can be found below with a pick
Two teams in the thick of the Big Ten race meet when #16 Ohio State visits #6 Purdue at 12:00 p.m. ET Sunday at Mackey Arena in West Lafayette, Ind.
Ohio State (13-4/6-2 Big Ten/3-3 road) is on a three-game winning streak and coming off a 75-64 victory at Minnesota on Thursday. Purdue (17-3/6-3 Big Ten/10-1 home) downed Iowa 83-73 on the road Thursday for its fifth win in the last six games.
Ohio State vs Purdue Odds
|Ohio State||+390||+10 (-110)||Over 148 (-110)|
|Purdue||-550||-10 (-110)||Under 148 (-110)|
Odds as of January 29th at FanDuel.
In a game that will be televised by CBS, Purdue is a 10-point favorite. The Boilermakers are also -550 moneyline choices, giving them an implied win probability of 84.62%.
Ohio State Betting Outlook
Ohio State is 8-9 overall against the spread this season and 2-4 on the road after covering as 5.5-point favorites at Minnesota.
Junior forward E.J. Liddell continued his fine season with 23 points, a career-high 15 rebounds and five assists. He became the 60th player in Ohio State history to score 1,000 career points while registering his second straight double-double and fourth of the season along with his seventh 20-point game.
Another day, another monster outing from E.J. Liddell in the Big Ten: 23 points, 15 rebounds, 5 assists and the road win. Now shooting 41% for 3. Making a strong case for player of the year honors in a conference with three projected top-10 picks. Might be a lottery pick himself. pic.twitter.com/Uypez58eMz
— Jonathan Givony (@DraftExpress) January 28, 2022
Liddell is fourth in the Big Ten in scoring with 19.6 points a game and has reached double figures in 27 consecutive games, a streak that dates to last season. He also has averages of 7.8 rebounds, 2.8 assists and 2.7 blocked shots.
Ohio State was able to hold a whopping 48-20 rebounding advantage in large part because of Liddell. The Buckeyes also scored 27 second-chance points off 20 offensive boards.
Senior forward Kyle Young added 14 points, sophomore forward Zed Key contributed 12 points and eight rebounds and freshman guard Malaki Branham chipped in with 11 points, six rebounds and three assists.
Branham and Meechie Johnson Jr. became the first pair of guards to start a game for Ohio State since the 1995-96 season. Johnson was replacing Jamari Wheeler, who had his streak of 143 consecutive games played end because of a foot injury.
Wheeler is questionable for Sunday. Johnson had missed the previous three games with facial fractures and played with a faceguard Thursday.
Branham is the only Ohio State player besides Liddell with a double-figure scoring average at 10.1. Key is averaging 9.5 points and 5.8 rebounds.
Malaki Branham off to a hot start. pic.twitter.com/gYq5kgE2E2
— Eleven Warriors (@11W) January 28, 2022
Ohio State shot just 25.9% (7 of 27) from three-point range but offset that by committing just six turnovers.
The Buckeyes are 13th in the country in Ken Pom’s offensive efficiency with 116.4 points per 100 possessions.
Purdue Betting Outlook
Purdue has covered in four of its last five games and is 11-9 ATS in 2021-22, including 6-5 at home. The Boilermakers also lead the nation in offensive efficiency with 124.6 points per 100 possessions.
Purdue welcomed back sophomore guard and leading scorer Jaden Ivey in the win over Iowa. After missing the previous game with a groin injury, Ivey was eased into action by playing 21 minutes off the bench in which he scored 15 points and had five rebounds.
Jaden Ivey with the step back 3. Really good to see some of that perimeter shot creation from him pic.twitter.com/UiM399WX0y
— Draft Dummies (@DraftDummies) January 28, 2022
Ivey has season averages of 16.6 points, 5.0 rebounds and 3.0 assists. He has scored in double figures in 18 of his 19 games.
Junior guard Isaiah Thompson provided a spark by scoring a career-high 18 points in a reserve role after coming into the game with a 5.7 average.
Thompson was 4 of 6 on three-point field goal attempts and 6 of 8 overall. He had shot just 7 of 29 (24.1%) in the previous six games.
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Senior guard Sasha Stefanovic had 14 points, including four three-pointers, and four assists. He pushed his season averages to 12.2 points and 3.6 assists.
Senior forward Trevion Williams had his second straight double-double and seventh of the season by contributing 12 points, 10 rebounds and five assists.
Williams is third in the conference in rebounds with 8.5 a game. He is also averaging 12.7 points and 3.1 assists and has scored in double figures in five of the last six games.
I love how Trevion Williams got off the floor for this dunk. As someone who also lost a lot of weight, I’m telling you- once you’re done with a long weight loss journey, you can make RAPID athletic improvements when you aren’t in a caloric deficit all the time anymore. pic.twitter.com/7MTaLnWnuA
— Maxwell BaumBoards (@BaumBoards) January 29, 2022
Purdue shot a smoking 61.2% (30 of 49) from the field, including 59.1% (13 of 22) on threes while holding Iowa to 37.5% (24 of 64). The Boilermakers, though, were just 10 of 22 (45.5%) from the foul line and had 15 turnovers.
Ohio State vs Purdue Prediction
Ohio State won the last meeting between the teams, 87-78 in overtime in the quarterfinals of last year’s Big Ten Tournament in Indianapolis.
Young had 18 points for the Buckeyes and Liddell added 17 points, five rebounds and five assists. Williams had a huge game for Purdue with 26 points, 14 rebounds and five assists while Ivey scored 19.
Look for Purdue and its array of scorers to get revenge in this one.
- The Pick: Purdue -10 (-110)
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