Ohio State vs. Northwestern Pick
Can No. 22 Ohio State keep its perfect run through the Big Ten going tonight when the Buckeyes go on the road to face Northwestern tonight at 9PM ET?
According to oddsmakers at Bovada.lv, Ohio State is the slight favorite on the road, as the Buckeyes are getting odds of -2 points against Northwestern. The over/under total for the contest is listed at 139 points. Tonight’s game takes place from Allstate Arena in Rosemont, Illinois and will air live on the Big Ten Network.
Ohio State is one of the hotter teams in the country, winners of five straight, all by double figures. The Buckeyes are 15-4 overall, 6-0 in the Big Ten and 9-8 against the spread. Ohio State has also covered the spread in four straight games. The Buckeyes are scoring 79.4 points per game this year while allowing 67.2 per contest. Keita Bates-Diop is leading OSU with 20.3 points and 8.8 rebounds per game this season. C.J. Jackson is averaging 13.3 points and 4.4 assists per contest as well.
Northwestern has struggled in recent weeks, losing four of their last six games. The Wildcats are 11-8 on the season, 2-4 in the Big Ten and 6-10 against the spread. The Wildcats are also 2-4 ATS in their last six. Northwestern is averaging 72.7 points per game on offense while allowing 68.2 per contest. Scottie Lindsey is leading Northwestern with 14 points per game while Derek Pardon is averaging 11.8 points and 7.1 rebounds per contest.
Ohio State has won nine of its last 10 meetings with Northwestern, but the Wildcats are 6-3 against the spread in the last nine encounters. The Buckeyes are 3-0 on the road right now and have covered in all three of those games. Northwestern is a team struggling to find consistency, especially on offense. They have been held to 63 points or less in three of their last four, including just 55 at home against Nebraska. I don’t see Northwestern figuring it all out tonight. The public betting is strongly behind the Buckeyes tonight as well.
CBB DAILY PREDICTION: OHIO STATE -2