TOM STRYKER’S FREE BASKETBALL SELECTION SATURDAY, MARCH 11TH
#616 PURDUE (-7′) over Ohio St at 1 PM EST
The Boilermakers apply to a conference tournament system that holds a powerful 67-38 ATS record and they’ll have no trouble extending the margin against this exhausted Buckeyes squad. Ohio State has just won and covered three conference tournament games in a row and head coach Chris Holtmann and his kids will simply run out of gas here.
A quick peek at the History Book shows that Purdue has held the upper hand in this series lately posting a solid 7-2 SU and 6-3 ATS mark in the last nine meetings. Additionally, when priced as a short favorite of -8 or less and now running the court against a foe that holds a team won/loss percentage less than .500, the Boilermakers own a profitable 36-14 SU and 31-18-1 ATS record including a strong 19-5 SU and 17-7 ATS provided they hit the hardwood with momentum off a straight up win.
Checking in off Big 10 Tournament wins and covers over Wisconsin, Iowa, and Michigan State, Ohio State will finally meet its match here playing its fourth game in four days. Even though the Buckeyes have covered six straight, OSU owns a dismal 12-18 ATS mark in its last 24 when battling a conference foe that enters off a pointspread loss. Also, as a single-digit underdog, Coach Holtmann’s crew owns a dismal 33-57 SU and 38-51-1 ATS mark including a rough 18-41 SU and 21-37-1 ATS provided they check in off a straight up win. With those two parameters in play and the Buckeyes fighting a foe that enters off a straight up victory, this team trend crashes to a woeful 10-31 SU and 13-27-1 ATS.
Ohio State’s effort is certainly noted. However, the Boilers have all the personnel needed to finally eliminate this overachieving OSU bunch. Take Purdue. Thanks and best of luck, Tom.
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