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Rutgers vs. Ohio State - 2/8/15 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Ohio State Buckeyes (17-6) at Rutgers Scarlet Knights (10-14)

College Basketball: Sunday, February 8, 2015 at 5:30 pm (Louis Brown Athletic Center)

The Line: Rutgers Scarlet Knights +9 -- Over/Under: See the Latest Odds

TV: Big Ten Network

The Ohio State Buckeyes and Rutgers Scarlet Knights meet Sunday at the Louis Brown Athletic Center.

The Ohio State Buckeyes have won four of their last six games and are in the thick of the Big Ten race. On the season, OSU is averaging 79 points on 50.4 percent shooting and is allowing 61.5 points on 39.5 percent shooting. D'Angelo Russell is averaging 19.4 points and 5.2 assists while Sam Thompson is averaging 10 points and 3.7 rebounds. Shannon Scott is dishing 6.4 assists and Jae'Sean Tate is grabbing 4.8 rebounds. The Ohio State Buckeyes have six players averaging at least seven points, and they’re shooting 69 percent from the line and 38.9 percent from deep. Defensively, OSU is allowing 31.5 percent shooting from deep and has given up 67 or less points in four of its last six games. Marc Loving is expected to miss this game with a suspension.

Rutgers vs. Ohio State - 2/8/15 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction

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The Rutgers Scarlet Knights would love a win her to snap a seven-game skid. On the season, Rutgers is averaging 58.9 points on 39.7 percent shooting and is allowing 63.9 points on 41.5 percent shooting. Myles Mack is averaging 14.5 points and 4.5 assists while Kadeem Jack is averaging 13.4 points and 6.4 rebounds. Junior Etou is grabbing 6.7 rebounds and Mike Williams is shooting 33.5 percent from the field. The Rutgers Scarlet Knights have six players averaging at least 5.3 points, and they’re shooting 66.7 percent from the line and 29.9 percent from deep. Defensively, Rutgers is allowing 32.7 percent shooting from deep and has given up 71 or more points in five of its last seven games.

The Buckeyes are 1-9-1 ATS in their last 11 road games and 6-1-1 ATS in their last 8 games following a ATS loss. The Scarlet Knights are 8-3 ATS in their last 11 games following a ATS loss and 1-4 ATS in their last 5 games overall.

Five of the Buckeyes six losses have come away from home, and they haven't been any better ATS on the road. While Rutgers has lost seven straight, this play is more of a fade from Ohio State. I like the points here. 

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Rutgers Scarlet Knights +9

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