Ohio State vs. Wright State - 12/27/14 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction
Wright State Raiders (8-5) at Ohio State Buckeyes (10-2)
College Basketball: Saturday, December 27, 2014 at 7:00 pm (Value City Arena)
The Line: Ohio State Buckeyes -16 -- Over/Under: See the Latest Odds
TV: Big Ten Network
The Wright State Raiders and Ohio State Buckeyes square off Saturday night at the Value City Arena.
The Wright State Raiders have won four of their last six games and play their seventh true road game. On the season, Wright State is averaging 69.4 points on 45.3 percent shooting and is allowing 66.2 points on 44.1 percent shooting. JT Yoho is averaging 17.7 points and 7.5 rebounds while Joe Thomasson is averaging 12.1 points and 3.2 assists. Chrishawn Hopkins is the third player averaging double-digit points and Reggie Arceneaux is shooting 36.6 percent from the field. The Wright State Raiders are a balanced team that has six players averaging at least seven points while they’re shooting 73.5 percent from the free throw line and 33.6 percent from deep. Defensively, Wright State is allowing 33.5 percent shooting from downtown and has allowed 70 or more points five times. Wright State’s weakness are its 30.4 rebounds.
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The Ohio State Buckeyes have won five of their last six games and play for the first time in five days. On the season, Ohio State is averaging 84.1 points on 52 percent shooting and is allowing 58.8 points on 38.2 percent shooting. D'Angelo Russell is averaging 17.2 points and 5.5 assists while Marc Loving is averaging 12.3 points on 53.8 percent shooting. Sam Thompson is the third player averaging double-digit points and Shannon Scott is averaging 7.8 assists. The Ohio State Buckeyes have become one of the top offensive teams in the country, which includes 70.9 percent shooting from the free throw line and 40.9 percent shooting from beyond the arc. Defensively, Ohio State has allowed 56 or less points in seven games. Ohio State has proven to be a legit Big Ten contender this season.
The Raiders are 6-1 ATS in their last 7 games following a ATS loss and 20-8 ATS in their last 28 road games vs. a team with a winning home record. The Buckeyes are 3-9-1 ATS in their last 13 games following a S.U. win and 4-13-1 ATS in their last 18 games overall.
You see Ohio State's record ATS? Sure, the Buckeyes are the much better team in this spot but it's tough to back a team that's covered the number just four times in the last 18 games. I'll take my chances with Wright State and the points.