Ohio State Buckeyes vs. North Carolina A&T Aggies - 12/17/14 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction
North Carolina A&T Aggies (1-10) at Ohio State Buckeyes (8-1)
College Basketball: Wednesday, December 17, 2014 at 7:00 pm (Value City Arena)
The Line: Ohio State Buckeyes -31.5 -- Over/Under: See the Latest Odds
The #12 Ohio State Buckeyes look to stay unbeaten when they face the North Carolina Aggies.
The North Carolina A&T Aggies opened the season with a win but have since dropped ten in a row. The reason seems simple enough; not enough scoring with under 57 points simply not enough to win games especially with the loss of their two top scorers. With the defense struggling against Old Dominion as well on Sunday the only unknown was the final score and it wasn't good as the Monarchs opened a 21 point lead in the first half on the way to an 85-48 decision. The Aggies connected at under 40% with ODU hitting at 54% with 13 more shot attempts which equaled a 14 field goals. Khary Doby and Bruce Beckford gave the Aggies a nice one, two punch with 16 and 15 points folllowed by Denzel Keyes with ten points.
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The #12 Ohio State Buckeyes are in a familiar position withwith a national ranking and national title aspirations. A few more wins and I believe a top ten ranking isn't all that far away with the team outscoring the opposition 83-57. The defense struggled in an 87-71 vistory over Morehead State on Saturday but the offense picked up the slack and then some. The Eagles mustered 55% from the field with OSU firing away at 56.6% with four more field goals and eleven more makes at the free throw line explaining the margin of victory. Sam Thompson and D'Angelo Russell contributed 15 points apiece with eight boards and 12 helpers while Jae'Sean Tate and Amir Williams netted 12 points each with Williams snaring 12 rebounds.
The Aggies are 4-1 ATS in their last 5 games vs. a team with a winning S.U. record and 8-3 ATS in their last 11 games overall. The Buckeyes are 2-7-1 ATS in their last 10 games following a ATS loss and 2-8-1 ATS in their last 11 games following a S.U. win while going 3-12-1 ATS in their last 16 games overall. Ohio State are 1-4-1 ATS in their last 6 non-conference games and 0-4 ATS in their last 4 games vs. a team with a winning % below .400. Would anybody be surprised if either team covered? Didn't think so which is why I don't get involved in guessing...