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Ohio State Buckeyes vs. Providence Friars - 11/17/16 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Providence Friars (1-0) at Ohio State Buckeyes (2-0)

College Basketball: Thursday, November 17, 2016 at 7:00 pm (Value City Arena)

The Line: Ohio State Buckeyes -7 -- Over/Under: See the Latest Odds

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The Providence Friars will be looking for a signature road win when they head to Value City Arena to take on the Ohio State Buckeyes on Thursday night.

The Providence Friars kicked off their season the right way with an 80-58 win over the Vermont Catamounts. Emmitt Holt had a solid first outing for his new team after transferring from the University of Indiana, racking up 22 points on 8 of 12 from the floor, including a 3-pointer and 5 of 6 makes from the foul line. Holt was one of 3 Friars to post double digits in the scoring column, as Rodney Bullock racked up 18 points on 6 of 13 from the field, including 3 of 5 from downtown and 3 of 4 from the foul line. Ryan Fazekas rounded out the trio with 11 points on 4 of 7, including 3 of 6 from beyond the arc. Kyron Cartwright fell just short of a double-double, putting up a team-high 12 boards to go along with 9 points on the night for coach Ed Cooley’s men. As a team, Providence is shooting 49.1% from the floor, 39.1% from 3-point range and 85% from the foul line.

Ohio State Buckeyes vs. Providence Friars - 11/17/16 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction

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The Ohio State Buckeyes narrowly won their 2nd straight to start the season, escaping with a 69-63 win over the NC Central Eagles, despite being a 24-point favorite at tip-off. Jae’Sean Tate picked up his first double-double of the season, racking up 21 points on 8 of 12 from the floor and 5 of 9 from the free throw line to go along with 10 boards, 6 of which were on the offensive end. Micah Potter joined Tate as the only Buckeyes with at least 10 points in the game with 11 points on 5 of 7 makes from the floor, including 3 of 4 from behind the arc. Outside of Tate and Potter, the Buckeyes made just 13 of their remaining 36 shots from the floor, including 3 of 16 from behind the 3-point line. As a team, the Buckeyes are shooting 51.5% from the floor, 41% from 3-point range and 56.8% from the free throw line, which leaves OSU sitting in 335th out of 347 D-I teams from the foul line.

Providence is 6-2 ATS in their last 8 games overall and 2-6 ATS in their last 8 road games while the under is 4-1 in their last 5 vs. the Big Ten. Ohio State is 1-6 ATS in their last 7 games overall and 7-3 ATS in their last 10 vs. the Big East while the under is 7-3 in their last 10 non-conference games.

Value City Arena is a hard place to go on the road and win, but I’m not trying to lay juice with a Buckeyes team that didn’t even come close to covering in both of their games this season. These teams are very similar when it comes to shooting the ball, except from the charity stripe, and if OSU keeps missing their free throws, it could leave the door open for a Friars cover, if not outright victory.

Give me Providence and the points.

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Providence Friars +7

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