Free NCAA Hoops Pick: Wildcats vs Buckeyes CBB Odds
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(12-13) Northwestern Wildcats vs. Ohio State Buckeyes (16-9)
Date: Wednesday, February 20, 2019
Time: 8:30 PM ET
Venue: Value City Arena, Columbus, Ohio
CBB Moneyline Odds: OFF
CBB Betting Odds: Ohio State Buckeyes -7.5
CBB Betting Total: 125.5
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This Big Ten matchup features the Northwestern Wildcats and the Ohio State Buckeyes.
The Buckeyes have dominated the Wildcats in recent years, going 9-1 against them in the last ten meeting. The Buckeyes will look for another win over the Wildcats to try and bolster their resume and to get back to .500 in conference play.
The Wildcats are have a poor season as they enter this game with a Big Ten record of 3-11. They also are in the middle of a six game losing streak and desperately need a win if they are going to make a last ditch effort to turn their season around. It certainly will not be easy as they head to Columbus to face a Buckeyes team on the bubble.
The offense has been the biggest concern this year for the Wildcats. They only average 67 points per game and during their six game losing streak they are averaging only 55.8. This also equates to a poor overall shooting percentage. Shooting only 40.9% from the field will not yield many wins in general, but especially in a conference like the Big Ten.
Surprisingly for as bad as the Northwestern offense has been, their defense has done a good job to keep them in games. They allow an average of 64.5 points per game, which is 27th in the country. Their biggest strength on the defense is defending the three point line. They only allow opponents to shoot 29.6%, which is crazy considering how poor they are in Big Ten conference play.
Ohio State Buckeyes
The Buckeyes blew a lead to Michigan State this past weekend which drops them to 6-8 in the conference and puts them in the lower half of the standings. The Buckeyes are a team that is squarely on the bubble and pretty much cannot afford to slip up against one of the worst teams in the Big Ten.
On the offensive side of the ball, the Buckeyes have overall had a down year as they just average 70.6 points per game. They are led by Kaleb Wesson, who leads the team in points per game (14.4), rebounds per game (6.4), field goal percentage (51.9%), and blocks per game (.6). For the Buckeyes to build their resume, they must win this game and Wesson must be the leader.
Like the Wildcats, the Buckeyes have also done an overall good job when it comes to defense. They are allowing just 64.6 points per game, which is 30th in the country. They also only allow opponents to shoot 40.9% from the field. With how bad Northwestern shoots the ball, the Buckeyes should be able to shut them down very early in this game.
CBB Betting Trends:
- Over is 7-3 in the last 10 meetings.
- Over is 6-2 in OSU last 8 home games.
Free Northwestern Wildcats vs. Ohio State Buckeyes NCAAB Prediction:
Ohio State may have lost two games in a row, but with this game being at home, they will win.
4* Free CBB Betting Pick: Over 125.5
Both teams may not score all that many points per game, but this game is almost surely going to hit the over.
NCAAB Free Score Prediction: Northwestern 66 – Ohio State 72
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