Big Ten Tournament Preview: Ohio State vs. Purdue

The bleachers will be empty and we’re not completely sure they will be playing the game, but just in case we have some Big Ten Basketball on Thursday, the WagerTalk TV crew has you covered. Professional handicappers Ralph Michaels and Kiev O’Neil offer their Ohio State vs. Purdue preview and prediction.

Date/Time: 03-12-2020, 18:30 EDT
Opening Spread: Ohio State -2
Opening Total: 128.5

We heard about home vs. road splits all year in the Big Ten and these two teams are the embodiment of those issues. Away from Mackey Arena, Purdue is shooting 37.4-percent from the floor. Ohio State went 3-7 on the road in Big Ten play and two of those three wins came against Nebraska (2-19) and Northwestern (3-18). The Buckeyes are one of only six teams ranked in KenPom’s top-20 of both offensive and defensive efficiency, but head coach Chris Holtmann does not have a good track record in conference tournaments. Between his time at Ohio State and Butler, Holtmann’s teams have lost in the first round of the Big Ten and Big East tournaments in four of the last five years.

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