Tom Stryker’s Free Basketball Play January 5th


#759 PURDUE (+1′) over Ohio St at 7 PM EST
Coming off their first straight up loss of the season and with another scheduled trip to Happy Valley set for Sunday, Purdue will scoot over to Value City Arena and knock off Ohio State. The Buckeyes enter this Big 10 battle off a nifty 3-0 SU and ATS run grabbing victories over the likes of Maine, Alabama A&M, and Northwestern, and head coach Chris Holtmann and his kids will have trouble when they step up in class and compete against the mighty Boilermakers.

A quick look at the History Book shows that PU has come out on top in the last 13 meetings inking a solid 8-5 SU (7-6 ATS) record. In addition, when stepping up in class and competing against a foe that holds a team won/loss percentage of .670 or higher, the Boilers have quietly posted a strong 17-5 SU mark. Purdue’s 13-30-1 ATS run is certainly noted. However, in that string of games, head coach Matt Painter’s kids have posted a solid 35-9 SU record and the fact that they are getting points here helps our cause. Finally, when taking the floor without confidence off a straight up home loss, the Boilermakers have been worth a look inking a money-making 16-11 SU and 17-8-1 ATS mark including 15-6-1 ATS if this is a Big 10 game.

Even though OSU has won 23 of its last 30 straight up on this floor, its 15-15 ATS record in that span of games leaves a lot to be desired. To make matters worse, as a single-digit favorite hitting the hardwood with four or more days of rest and off a conference battle, the Buckeyes carry a dismal 16-32-1 ATS mark. In this setting priced competitively at -4 or less, Ohio State crashes to a horrible 3-11 SU and 1-13 ATS. Also, when coming off a straight up win, Coach Holtmann’s crew owns a feeble 10-17 ATS tally including a horrible 2-11 SU and ATS if they are priced between -4 and +5.5 points.

The Boilermakers find a way to get to the charity stripe on a regular basis (highest discrepancy in the FBS at +139) and, in a close competitive game, those bunnies will be the difference. Take Purdue. Thanks and best of luck, Tom.


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