College Basketball Picks: Northwestern Wildcats vs. Ohio State Buckeyes

Northwestern Wildcats vs. Ohio State Buckeyes
Wednesday, 2/19/14, 7:00 PM EST
Opening Point Spread:  Ohio State -14.5
Current Betting Line:  Ohio State -14.5
Opening Total:  N/A
Current Total:  N/A
Odds Courtesy of Bookmaker

The Ohio State Buckeyes have dominated the Northwestern Wildcats when playing in Columbus

The Ohio State Buckeyes have dominated the Northwestern Wildcats when playing in Columbus

Northwestern has dropped three games in a row, including a 54-48 setback to the Minnesota Golden Gophers as four-point home underdogs Sunday, while going UNDER the betting total of 122.  The Wildcats have two probable starters averaging in double figures, with senior forward Drew Crawford leading the way at 15.6 points a contest, which is important to consider when making your college basketball betting picks.  Northwestern is 2-8 SU and 4-6 ATS as road underdogs of 12.5 or more points the last two-plus seasons.

The Wildcats have lost their last 29 road games against the Buckeyes, which can’t be ignored when looking over the college basketball odds page.  Northwestern has also dropped eight straight and 25 of the last 26 meetings overall in this Big Ten Conference rivalry.  The program has a -0.5 turnover margin, which could be problematic against an opponent that thrives on playing suffocating perimeter defense.

Ohio State is 4-1 SUATS over its last five games, as it returns home after picking up a 48-39 victory over the Illinois Fighting Illini as four-point favorites last Saturday, while going UNDER the betting total of 124.5.  The Buckeyes have won their last 16 games as a ranked team against the Wildcats, while senior point guard Aaron Craft has averaged 9.3 points per game in the series since arriving in Columbus.  Ohio State is 4-1 SU and 3-2 ATS as home favorites of 12.5 to 15 points the last two-plus seasons.

The Buckeyes are certainly one of the best defensive teams in the country—holding 25 of 26 opponents under 50 percent shooting from the field.  Ohio State is holding foes to 58.5 points per game on the season, which has led to ranking third in the Big Ten in outscoring opponents by a +12.0-point margin.

Sports bettors will likely back the Buckeyes due to the home team being 5-2 ATS in the last seven meetings in this series.

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