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Minnesota Golden Gophers vs. Ohio State Buckeyes - 1/6/15 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Ohio State Buckeyes (12-3) at Minnesota Golden Gophers (11-4)

College Basketball: Tuesday, January 6, 2015 at 9:00 pm (Williams Arena)

The Line: Minnesota Golden Gophers -2 -- Over/Under: See the Latest Odds


The Ohio State Buckeyes will travel to Williams Arena to take on the Minnesota Golden Gophers this Tuesday night.

The 22nd ranked Ohio State Buckeyes improved to 12-3 (1-1 Big Ten) after defeating the Illinois Fighting Illini 77-61 this past Saturday. The Buckeyes shot 60.0% from the field and outscored the Fighting Illini 41-24 in the second half en route to victory. Leading the way for Ohio State was D’Angelo Russell who had 22 points, 4 assists, and 2 steals. The Buckeyes currently rank 56th in the RPI Standings and has played the 103rd ranked SOS. On the season, Ohio State has been led by D’Angelo Russell (17.7 ppg, 4.5 rpg, 5.1 apg), Marc Loving (12.3 ppg, 3.6 rpg), and Sam Thompson (10.4 ppg, 3.9 rpg, 2.1 apg). Offensively, the Buckeyes are averaging 83.4 ppg (ranked 10th) on 52.3% shooting (ranked 4th). Ohio State makes an average of 8.0 three-pointers per game (ranked 42nd) on 40.7% shooting (ranked 9th). The Buckeyes are shooting 72.1% from the charity stripe which ranks 72nd in the country. Defensively, Ohio State is allowing an average of 59.4 ppg (ranked 39th) on 38.3% shooting (ranked 40th). The Buckeyes have a turnover margin of 6.0 that ranks 5th in the country. Ohio State is pulling down 25.93 defensive rpg (ranked 80th) and 36.67 total rpg (ranked 107th).

Minnesota Golden Gophers vs. Ohio State Buckeyes - 1/6/15 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction


The Minnesota Golden Gophers fell to 11-4 (0-2 Big Ten) after losing 70-58 to the 12th ranked Maryland Terrapins this past Saturday. The Golden Gophers were able to force the Terrapins to commit 19 turnovers however, only shot 13.6% (3-22) from beyond the arc in the loss. Leading the way for Minnesota was Maurice Walker who had a double-double with 20 points, 10 rebounds and 3 blocks. The Golden Gophers are ranked 70th in the RPI Standings and have played the 53rd ranked SOS. On the season, Minnesota has been led by Carlos Morris (13.1 ppg, 3.9 rpg, 2.5 apg), Maurice Walker (12.5 ppg, 5.9 rpg, 1.6 bpg), and Andre Hollins (12.5 ppg, 3.7 rpg, 2.7 apg). Offensively, the Golden Gophers are averaging 80.4 ppg (ranked 16th) on 48.4% shooting (ranked 28th). Minnesota is averaging 18.9 assists per game (ranked 3rd). The Golden Gophers commit 13.4 turnovers per game (ranked 202nd). Defensively, Minnesota is allowing their opponents to score an average of 65.2 ppg (ranked 164th) on 40.9% shooting (ranked 124th). The Golden Gophers average 11.7 steals per game (ranked 2nd) and have a turnover margin of 6.7 (ranked 4th).

The Buckeyes are 6-14-1 ATS in their last 21 games overall and just 1-7 ATS in their last 8 games vs. Big Ten opponents. The Golden Gophers are 4-1 ATS in their last 5 home games and 3-1-1 ATS in their last 5 games following an ATS loss.

Ohio State can score the basketball, however many of their impressive offensive numbers have come against weak competition. Although Minnesota has lost their last two games, I really like how their defensive has looked as they can really apply some pressure to opposing offensives. Coach Pitino is going have the Golden Gophers ready to play in this one as he doesn’t want to fall 0-3 in the Big Ten and I think Minnesota rides the home court advantage to a victory. Take Minnesota to cover this small spread. 

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