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2021 NCAA Basketball Handicapping
(21-9) #2 Ohio State Buckeyes vs. #15 Oral Roberts Golden Eagles (16-10)
Date: Friday March 19th, 2021
Time: 3:00 PM ET
Venue: Mackey Arena in West Lafayette, Indiana
CBB Moneyline Odds: Ohio State -2000 | Oral Roberts +1000
CBB Betting Odds: Ohio State -15.5
CBB Betting Total: O/U 156.5
The No. 15-seeded Oral Roberts Golden Eagles will head to Mackey Arena in West Lafayette, Indiana on Friday evening for a battle versus the No. 2-seed Ohio State Buckeyes.
The Eagles closed the season strong and were crowned Summit League Tournament Champions en route to earning an automatic bid into the Big Dance. Meanwhile, Ohio State suffered a narrow three-point overtime loss in the Big Ten Tournament final to #1 seed Illinois but was still rewarded with a No. 2 seed.
Ohio State Buckeyes
Ohio State closed out the regular season on an 0-4 straight up and against the spread skid but regained its form in the Big Ten Tournament with three straight wins, including a one-point victory over Michigan but came up just short in the Big Ten title game with an overtime loss against Illinois.
Ohio State fell short 91-88 in the Big 10 Tournament Championship Game on Sunday despite 32 points from junior Duane Washington. Justice Sueing had 22 points and CJ Walker added 16 for the Buckeyes, who overcame an early 17-point deficit to force the extra session.
Despite coming up short in the Big Ten title game, Chris Holtmann’s squad enters the Big Dance slotted at No. 7 in the latest KenPom rankings. After dropping their final four regular-season games, the Buckeyes were rewarded with a No. 2 seed for their performance in the Big Ten Tournament.
Oral Roberts Golden Eagles
Oral Roberts beat North Dakota State 75-72 in the Summit League Championship Game on March 9. The Golden Eagles were the #4 seed in the conference but upset the #3 seed Bisons in order to secure an automatic bid into the NCAA Tournament for the first time since 2008.
Max Abmas scored 23 points and handed out 7 assists while Kevin Obanor chipped in 21 points and 9 boards for the Eagles, who survived a late surge by the Bison to punch their ticket. Oral Roberts led by as many as 25 points at halftime but were outscored by 22 points in the second half and did just enough down the stretch to seal the win.
Paul Mills guided the Eagles to a 16-10 overall record, including a 10-5 mark in Summit League action. Sophomore guard Max Abmas leads the way for the Golden Eagles with team bests in scoring (24.2 ppg), assists (3.7 apg), and steals (1.5 spg). Junior forwards Kevin Obanor follows in production with 18.2 points per game and a team best 9.5 rebounds.
CBB Betting Trends:
- Golden Eagles are 4-0 ATS in their last 4 games overall
- Golden Eagles are 4-0 ATS in their last 4 games following a straight-up win
- Golden Eagles are 5-1 ATS in their last 6 games as an underdog
- Buckeyes are 1-9 ATS in their last 10 NCAA Tournament games
- Buckeyes are 0-4 ATS in their last 4 games following a straight-up loss
- Ohio State is 4-1 ATS in 5 games on a neutral-site court this season
Free Ohio State Buckeyes vs. Oral Roberts Golden Eagles NCAAB Prediction:
Ohio State did most of its damage during the Big Ten season, with its only two quality non-conference wins coming against Notre Dame and UCLA. Meanwhile, the Eagles have faced plenty of Power Five opponents already this season, including five teams in the Field of 68.
They lost by 14 points or fewer on each of those occasions with the exception coming in their season-opening loss versus Missouri. Oral Roberts takes care of the basketball, shoots a lot of 3-pointers, and knocks free-throws down at a high percentage, which should give it a fighter’s chance to pull off the upset in this game.
While Ohio State will likely advance, take the Eagles to cover the spread in this first-round battle on Friday afternoon.
4* Free CBB Betting Pick: Oral Roberts +15.5
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