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Ohio State vs. Northern Illinois - 12/16/15 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Northern Illinois Huskies (7-1) at Ohio State Buckeyes (4-5)

College Basketball: Wednesday, December 16, 2015 at 7:00 pm (Value City Arena)

The Line: Ohio State Buckeyes -9.5 -- Over/Under: See the Latest Odds

TV: BTN

The Northern Illinois Huskies and Ohio State Buckeyes meet Wednesday night at the Value City Arena.

The Northern Illinois Huskies look to build on their impressive 7-1 start to the season. The Northern Illinois Huskies are averaging 72.8 points on 42.9 percent shooting and allowing 65 points on 41.9 percent shooting. Aaric Armstead is averaging 12.6 points and 5.6 rebounds while Marshawn Wilson is averaging 12.4 points and 2.6 rebounds. Travon Baker is dishing 5.3 assists and Marin Maric is grabbing 7.8 rebounds. The Northern Illinois Huskies are shooting 34.3 percent from beyond the arc and 68.5 percent from the free throw line. Northern Illinois is allowing 39.5 percent shooting from deep and is forcing 13.8 turnovers per game. The Northern Illinois Huskies have split their last eight road games.

Ohio State vs. Northern Illinois - 12/16/15 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction

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The Ohio State Buckeyes need a nice home win after losing five of their last seven games. The Ohio State Buckeyes are averaging 72.4 points on 46.8 percent shooting and allowing 66.2 points on 40.1 percent shooting. Marc Loving is averaging 16.8 points and 6.9 rebounds while Jae'Sean Tate is averaging 12 points and 6.3 rebounds. Keita Bates-Diop is the third double-digit scorer and JaQuan Lyle is dishing five assists. The Ohio State Buckeyes are shooting 33.7 percent from beyond the arc and 65 percent from the free throw line. Ohio State is allowing 35.8 percent shooting from deep and is forcing 12.8 turnovers per game. The Ohio State Buckeyes have won 10 of their last 14 home games.

The Huskies are 6-2-1 ATS in their last 9 road games and 4-1 ATS in their last 5 games overall. The Buckeyes are 14-6 ATS in their last 20 home games and 1-4 ATS in their last 5 games following a ATS loss.

Northern Illinois is a confident bunch that's off to an impressive start and is a team that doesn't really beat itself. Meanwhile, Ohio State is clearly not a good team right now and shouldn't be such a big favorite against a decent team. I'll take the points given what we've seen so far from the Buckeyes.

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Northern Illinois Huskies +9.5

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