Minnesota vs. Ohio State Prediction

Minnesota vs. Ohio State, 1/18/20 College Basketball Betting Predictions

Big Ten rivals clash in Columbus on Thursday night when Ohio State hosts Minnesota at 6:30 p.m. ET. With the Buckeyes laying eight points and the total listed at 134, where’s the best value for bettors?

Game Snapshot

603 Minnesota Golden Gophers (+8) at 604 Ohio State Buckeyes (-8); o/u 134

6:30 p.m. ET, Thursday, January 23, 2020

Value City Arena, Columbus, OH

Public Betting Information

According to our College Basketball Public Betting page, 53% of betting tickets are currently on Minnesota to cover the spread in this matchup.

Minnesota Player Spotlight

Daniel Oturu finished with 19 points (6-16 FG, 1-5 3PT, 6-8 FT), nine rebounds, two assists, two blocks and a steal across 38 minutes Sunday against Rutgers. Oturu came close to securing another double-double, but he didn't have his best shooting game and was unable to prevent a 64-56 loss. The sophomore center continues to roll from a scoring perspective, finishing in double figures in all but one contest so far this season. He's averaging 23.2 points, 11.2 rebounds and 2.2 blocks over his last five matchups.

Ohio State Player Spotlight

Kaleb Wesson had 13 points (5-7 FG, 1-2 3PT, 2-3 FT), 14 rebounds, four assists and two blocks across 34 minutes Tuesday against Nebraska. Wesson turned in an efficient line in this one, leading his squad to an 80-68 victory. He's been impressive in both the scoring column as well as on the boards lately, securing three double-doubles in his last four games. Wesson will need to bring his best stuff to Saturday's matchup at Penn State.

College Basketball Predictions

Minnesota

The Golden Gophers have been a strong play coming off a loss, covering in five of their last is games coming off a loss.

Ohio State

The favorite is 20-7 against the spread in the last 27 meetings between these two teams, while the home side has also covered in 16 of the previous 21 meetings.

Prediction

The Buckeyes are 0-6 against the spread in their last six games overall, are 0-5 against the number in their last five games when listed as a favorite and have dropped five straight games versus a team with a winning record. On the other side, the Gophers have covered six of their last eight games versus a team with a winning record and is 4-1 against the number in their last five games coming off an ATS loss.

College Basketball Betting Prediction: Minnesota Golden Gophers +8

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