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Northwestern vs. Ohio State - 1/22/15 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Ohio State Buckeyes (14-5) at Northwestern Wildcats (10-8)

College Basketball: Thursday, January 22, 2015 at 7:00 pm (Welsh-Ryan Arena)

The Line: Northwestern Wildcats +7.5 -- Over/Under: See the Latest Odds

TV: ESPN

The Ohio State Buckeyes and Northwestern Wildcats play Thursday at the Welsh-Ryan Arena.

The Ohio State Buckeyes have split their last six games and play their fifth true road game. On the season, Ohio State is averaging 80.5 points on 50.3 percent shooting and is allowing 61.2 points on 39.1 percent shooting. D'Angelo Russell is averaging 18.6 points and 4.8 assists while Marc Loving is averaging 11.6 points and 3.9 rebounds. Sam Thompson is the third player averaging double-digit points and Shannon Scott is dishing 6.9 assists. The Ohio State Buckeyes have six players averaging at least 7.3 points, and they’re shooting 70.3 percent from the line and 38.3 percent from beyond the arc. Defensively, Ohio State is allowing 30.5 percent shooting from deep and has given up 69 or more points in four of its last six games. OSU is 1-3 SU on the road.

Northwestern vs. Ohio State - 1/22/15 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction

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The Northwestern Wildcats have split their last four games and look for their second Big Ten win. On the season, Northwestern is averaging 64.6 points on 43.2 percent shooting and is allowing 62.1 points on 40.9 percent shooting. Bryant McIntosh is averaging 11.9 points and 4.7 assists while Tre Demps is averaging 11.9 points and 3.8 rebounds. Alex Olah is the third player averaging double-digit points and Vic Law is grabbing 5.1 rebounds. The Northwestern Wildcats have six players averaging at least six points, and they’re shooting 73.1 percent from the line and 33.9 percent from downtown. Defensively, Northwestern is allowing 36.1 percent shooting from deep and has given up 61 or less points in five of its last eight games.

The Buckeyes are 1-7-1 ATS in their last 9 road games and 3-9 ATS in their last 12 vs. Big Ten. The Wildcats are 4-10 ATS in their last 14 home games and 6-2 ATS in their last 8 games overall. The Buckeyes are 0-4 ATS in the last 4 meetings in Northwestern and 2-5 ATS in the last 7 meetings overall.

Ohio State has really layed some eggs on the road this season but Northwestern doesn't have the offensive firepower to hang with the Buckeyes for 40 minutes. Look for Ohio State to win this game by double digits. 

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Ohio State Buckeyes -7.5

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