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Ohio State Buckeyes vs. Minnesota Golden Gophers Pick, Odds, Prediction 2/22/14

Minnesota Golden Gophers (17-10) at Ohio State Buckeyes (21-6)

College Basketball: Saturday, February 22, 2014 at 6:00 pm (Value City Arena)

The Line: Ohio State Buckeyes -9 -- Over/Under: See the Latest Odds

TV: Big Ten Network

The Ohio State Buckeyes and the Minnesota Golden Gophers face off on Saturday in Columbus in Big Ten college basketball.

The Ohio State Buckeyes have won five of their last six games and they are ranked 24th in the nation. OSU is 8-6 in the Big Ten and 15-3 at home this season. LaQuinton Ross is averaging 14.4 points and 5.6 rebounds per game to lead the Buckeyes. Lenzelle Smith Jr. is averaging 11.8 points and 5.0 rebounds, Aaron Craft is averaging 9.6 points, and Amir Williams is averaging 8.6 points and 6.1 rebounds. Ohio State is averaging 70.7 points and they are shooting 45.3 percent while defensively they are allowing 58.6 points and their opponents are shooting 39.9 percent. Ohio State appears to have found what they looked to have lost for most of January.

Ohio State Buckeyes vs. Minnesota Golden Gophers Pick, Odds, Prediction 2/22/14

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The Minnesota Golden Gophers have lost two of their last three games and five of their last seven and they have slipped into seventh place in the Big Ten standings. Minnesota is 4-7 away from home this season, 6-7 in Big Ten play, and 2-5 against teams ranked in the top 25. Andre Hollins is the Gophers leading scorer averaging 14.9 points per game. Deandre Mathieu is averaging 11.6 points, Austin Hollins is averaging 11.2 points, and Malik Smith is averaging 9.4 points. Minnesota is averaging 72.3 points and they are shooting 44.4 percent while defensively they are allowing 67.3 points and their opponents are shooting 42 percent. Minnesota won in their last road game at Northwestern.

Ohio State is 5-1 against the spread in their last six home games, 7-2 against the spread following a win, and 6-2 against the spread following a game that they covered the points spread. Minnesota is 4-1 against the spread following a loss, 5-12 against the spread in their last 17 road games, and 5-11 against the spread on the road against a team with a winning home record.

The Buckeyes are laying a big number here but I have them winning and getting the cover as well. 

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Ohio State Buckeyes -9

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