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Northwestern vs. Ohio State - 1/6/16 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Ohio State Buckeyes (10-5) at Northwestern Wildcats (13-2)

College Basketball: Wednesday, January 6, 2016 at 9:00 pm (Welsh-Ryan Arena)

The Line: Northwestern Wildcats -3 -- Over/Under: See the Latest Odds

TV: BTN

The Ohio State Buckeyes and Northwestern Wildcats square off Wednesday at the Welsh-Ryan Arena.

The Ohio State Buckeyes look to build on their solid six-game winning streak. The Ohio State Buckeyes are averaging 72.2 points on 45.6 percent shooting and allowing 63.6 points on 38.1 percent shooting. Marc Loving is averaging 15.2 points and 1.5 assists while Keita Bates-Diop is averaging 12.9 points and 6.5 rebounds. Jae'Sean Tate is the third double-digit scorer and JaQuan Lyle is dishing 4.9 assists. The Ohio State Buckeyes are shooting 33.8 percent from beyond the arc and 66.5 percent from the free throw line. Ohio State is allowing 34.6 percent shooting from deep and is forcing 12.3 turnovers per game. The Ohio State Buckeyes have lost six of their last nine road games.

Northwestern vs. Ohio State - 1/6/16 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction

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The Northwestern Wildcats hope to build on their impressive 13-2 start to the year. The Northwestern Wildcats are averaging 78.6 points on 48 percent shooting and allowing 64.8 points on 38.4 percent shooting. Bryant McIntosh is averaging 15.9 points and 7.1 assists while Tre Demps is averaging 14.9 points and 3.5 rebounds. Dererk Pardon is grabbing 7.3 rebounds and Scottie Lindsey is dishing 1.7 assists. The Northwestern Wildcats are shooting 37.6 percent from beyond the arc and 69.1 percent from the free throw line. Northwestern is allowing 32.4 percent shooting from deep and is forcing 9.9 turnovers per game. The Northwestern Wildcats have won 13 of their last 14 home games.

The Buckeyes are 3-0-1 ATS in their last 4 Wednesday games and 5-15-1 ATS in their last 21 road games. The Wildcats are 11-4-1 ATS in their last 16 games following a ATS loss and 6-2 ATS in their last 8 games overall. The Buckeyes are 0-5 ATS in the last 5 meetings in Northwestern and 1-4 ATS in the last 5 meetings overall. 

This is possibly the best basketball team Northwestern has had, and the Wildcats are eager to make a tournament run. Ohio State is playing better but has yet to prove it can win on the road. I really like the home team to cover this small number, as Northwestern is a dangerous team to watch the rest of this season. 

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Northwestern Wildcats -3

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