Ohio State Buckeyes vs. Nebraska Cornhuskers Pick, Odds, Prediction 1/4/14
Nebraska Cornhuskers (8-5) at Ohio State Buckeyes (14-0)
College Basketball: Saturday, January 4, 2014 at 12:00 pm (Value City Arena)
The Line: Ohio State Buckeyes -18 -- Over/Under: See the Latest Odds
TV: Big Ten Network
The Ohio State Buckeyes and the Nebraska Cornhuskers face off on Saturday in a Big Ten college basketball matchup.
The Ohio State Buckeyes are undefeated and ranked number three in the nation and they are playing their first Big 10 home game of the season. OSU opened their conference schedule with a win at Purdue. LaQuinton Ross leads the Buckeyes averaging 13.8 points and 6.2 rebounds per game. Lenzelle Smith Jr. is averaging 13.4 points and 5.1 rebounds, Amir Williams is averaging 9.5 points and .1 rebounds, and Aaron Craft is averaging 9.4 points, 5.0 assists, and 2.4 steals per game. Ohio State is averaging 75.1 points and they are shooting 47 percent while defensively they are allowing 55.1 points per game with their opponents shooting 36.9 percent. Ohio State has played the 96th ranked schedule in the nation and they have a huge game up next as they visit Michigan State.
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The Nebraska Cornhuskers have lost their last two games including their Big Ten opener falling at Iowa. NU has played the 59th ranked schedule and are 0-2 against teams ranked in the top 25. Terran Petteway leads the Huskers averaging 17.3 points and 5.2 rebounds. Shavon Shields is averaging 12.5 points and 4.5 rebounds, Walter Pitchford is averaging 8.8 points and 5.1 rebounds, and Ray Gallegos is averaging 7.9 points. Nebraska is averaging 71 points and they are shooting 42.8 percent while defensively they are allowing 66.6 points and their opponents are shooting 42.6 percent. Nebraska plays their first conference home game of the year on Thursday against Michigan.
Ohio State is 6-0 against the spread in their last six Big Ten games, 5-1 against the spread against a team with a winning record, and 1-4 against the spread in their last five home games against a team with a losing road record. Nebraska is 2-5 against the spread in their last seven road games, 1-5 against the spread following a game that they covered the point spread, and 1-5 against the spread in their last six road games against a team with a winning home record. The home team has covered the point spread in four of the last five meetings of these two.
Ohio State is just much the better team here and while the Huskers battle Iowa strong enough to get a cover I don’t see Nebraska having a lot of answers here.
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