Free NCAA Hoops Pick: Ohio State Buckeyes vs. Rutgers Scarlet Knights CBB Odds
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2021 NCAA Basketball
(8-3) Ohio State Buckeyes vs. Rutgers Scarlet Knights (7-3)
Date: Saturday, January 9th, 2021
Time: 12:00 PM ET
Venue: Rutgers Athletics Center in New Brunswick, New Jersey
CBB Moneyline Odds: Buckeyes +150, Scarlet Knights -170
CBB Betting Odds: Rutgers -3.5
CBB Betting Total: O/U 139.5
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Ohio State Buckeyes
All three of Ohio State’s losses this season have been true road games. They hope to change the struggling road narrative after getting pounded to dust by Minnesota last Sunday.
Kenpom has the Buckeyes ranked 19th in the country even though the AP says otherwise. They are averaging 76.27 points per game which is 106th in the nation. On the road, they score just 60.00 points per game this season which is 133rd in D-1.
It can’t just be the Duane Washington Show on offense. Other guys have to step up and get buckets, including sophomore forward E.J. Liddell. Washington leads the Buckeyes with 14.9 PPG. E.J. Liddell isn’t far behind with 13.9 PPG, but is shooting just 38% when on the road this season.
The Buckeyes are ranked third in the conference on the defensive side of the court, and they’ll be looking to shut the Scarlet Knights down as they did in the second half of the first meeting. They’ll have to if they have any chance of leaving the R.A.C. with a win.
Rutgers Scarlet Knights
The Scarlet Knights are currently on a two-game losing streak entering this game and will try to rebound against a team that already beat them this season. Rutgers only managed 45 points in their last game against Michigan State and need to be much better than that if they want to have a chance to not fall out of the top 25.
It all starts with the backcourt with guys like Ron Harper Jr., Jacob Young, and Montez Mathis. They literally disappeared in the game against MSU and only managed 24 points on 11 of 34 from the floor.
Rutgers is ranked 30th in Kenpom’s adjusted defensive efficiency rating with opponents averaging 71.8 points per game against them.
Watch to see if Geo Baker will play in this game if he does Rutgers should have an easier matchup with Ohio State’s forwards if not they will need Ron Harper to step up.
CBB Betting Trends:
- Ohio State is 12-4 SU in their last 16 games.
- Ohio State is 5-1 ATS in their last 6 games against Rutgers.
- Ohio State is 5-1 SU in their last 6 games against Rutgers.
- Ohio State is 0-4-1 ATS in their last 5 games on the road.
- Rutgers is 5-2 ATS in their last 7 games.
- The total has gone OVER in 12 of Rutgers’ last 18 games.
- Rutgers is 9-3 SU in their last 12 games.
- The total has gone OVER in 4 of Rutgers’ last 5 games against Ohio State.
Free Ohio State Buckeyes vs. Rutgers Scarlet Knights NCAAB Prediction:
4* Free CBB Betting Pick: Rutgers -3.5
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