College Basketball Picks: Nebraska Cornhuskers vs. Ohio State Buckeyes

Nebraska Cornhuskers at Ohio State Buckeyes
Wednesday, 1/3/12, 6:30 PM EST, TV:  Big Ten Network
Opening Point Spread:  Ohio State -21
Current Betting Line:  Ohio State -21
Opening Total:  126
Current Total:  126
Odds Courtesy of Bookmaker

The Ohio State Buckeyes are 7-2 ATS as home favorites of 18.5 to 24 points over the last two-plus seasons

Nebraska rings in the 2013 calendar year in Columbus, Ohio, inside the Value City Arena, as it gets ready for its Big Ten Conference opener.  “We’re the underdog, so we’ve got nothing to lose,” stated Cornhuskers first-year coach Tim Miles.  “Let’s go figure it out and try to win the game.”  The Cornhuskers will be the only team in the conference to play their first three league games away from home.  Nebraska is 4-9 ATS on the road when the total is 120 to 129.5, which is important to consider when making your college basketball picks against the spread Wednesday night.

The Cornhuskers are 6-1 this season when holding opponents to 60 points or less, but that’s going to be nearly impossible to accomplish in this spot, as the Buckeyes are averaging 80.6 points per game at home.  Nebraska returned just 24 percent of its scoring from a year ago, with guards Ray Gallegos and Dylan Talley being the players to watch offensively, averaging a combined 26.9 points per game.  The program is 2-6 all-time in this series, but has dropped the last five meetings, including a 71-40 setback as 22.5-point road underdogs on this floor a year ago.

Ohio State is coming off a dominating 87-44 win over Chicago State Saturday, as it will now open its 101st season in the Big Ten.  “You’re going into 18 straight games that are going to be brutal,” stated Buckeyes coach Thad Matta.  The Buckeyes are 37-16 when opening up a new Big Ten season at home.  Offensively, the team ranks third in the league in averaging 78.2 points per game, while outscoring opponents by 20.8.  Ohio State is 7-2 ATS as a home favorite of 18.5 to 24 points over the last two-plus seasons, with the UNDER going 6-3 in that situation.

The Buckeyes have compiled an impressive 113-45 record in conference play under Matta’s watch, while winning both games against the Cornhuskers.  Ohio State is 4-0 at home versus Nebraska, as it will be led on the floor by junior guard Aaron Craft, who has 57 assists and 19 steals this year.

Sports bettors will likely back the Buckeyes due to their 4-2 ATS mark as a home favorite of 12.5 or more points this season, while the Cornhuskers are 1-3 ATS versus teams that allow 64 points or less per game.

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