Ohio State Buckeyes (11-2) at Rutgers Scarlet Knights (7-6)
NCAA Basketball: January 9, 2019 @ 7 PM EST (Rutgers Athletic Center)
Line and Odds: Ohio State -5.5 — Over/Under: 133
Free NCAA Basketball Pick Rutgers Scarlet Knights vs Ohio State Buckeyes
The Ohio State Buckeyes will travel to Rutgers to face the Scarlett knights in a big ten matchup. Rutgers has yet to win a conference game so far this year and they will now have to face the #16 team in the nation. Ohio State will need to ride their high powered offense to steal a road win in conference play.
Ohio State Buckeyes are 8-2 in their previous ten games but they lost their last time about against #8 Michigan State by a score of 86-77. Ohio State has an explosive offense averaging 77.9 points per game with a pretty sold defense. The Buckeyes allow an average of 63.6 points per game giving them an average margin of victory of 14.3 PPG. Ohio state has not lost yet away from Columbus, but they have only played tow road games so far. Ohio State is 2-1 so far this year in the Big Ten with wins over Illinois and Minnesota. Ohio State lost their only game against AP top 25 teams. Forward Kaleb Wesson has lead the Buckeyes with 17.1 PPG and 6.9 RPG and they rely on his production a lot to continue to win games. Wesson and the guard combo of C.J. Jackson and Luther Muhammed will need to come up big in tonight’s game
Rutgers Scarlet Knights
Rutgers Scarlet Knights are 7-6 this and 5-5 in their last ten games. Rutgers scores 68.6 points per game but they give up 64.1 points per game which gives their average margin of victory of just 4.5 points per game before they get deep into conference play. The Scarlet Knights have been led by Forward Eugene Omoruyi who averages 15.7 points per game and 8 rebounds per game. Rutgers is 0-3 this year in conference play with losses to Maryland (77-63), #8 Michigan State (78-67), and #12 Wisconsin (69-64). Their losses have been close but they haven’t been able to come away with wins in the important games. The Scarlett Knights are 6-3 at home so far this season, but they have yet to play a meaningful game on their own court. Rutgers has another chance to figure out how to take one from a quality opponent tonight.
Cover the Spread 365 trends
Ohio State Buckeyes
Ohio State is 1-4 ATS in its last 5 games
Ohio State is 6-1 SU in its last 7 games
The total has gone OVER in 5 is Ohio State’s last 6 games
Ohio State is 8-4 ATS in its last 12 games on the road
The total has gone OVER in 4 of Ohio State’s last 6 road games
Rutgers Scarlett Knights
Rutgers is 1-4 ATS in its last 5 games
Rutgers is 2-5 SU in its last 7 games
The total has gone OVER in 5 of Rutgers’ last 7 games
Rutgers is 0-5 in its last 5 games at home
Rutgers is 4-2 SU in its last 6 home games
ESPN NCAA BB Pick Ohio State Buckeyes vs. Rutgers Scarlett Knights
This matchup favors Ohio state tonight but the beauty of college basketball is anyone can win on any given night. The Buckeye’s offense will be tough to stop but Rutgers can has the ability to play solid defense, and they are hungry from a signature win after letting two slip away from their fingertips already. Expect a lower scoring game where Ohio State pulls ahead to get a must win game against a struggling opponent.
Pick: Rugters +5.5