Rutgers vs. Ohio State - 1/14/18 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction
Ohio State Buckeyes (14-4) at Rutgers Scarlet Knights (11-7)
College Basketball: Sunday, January 14, 2018 at 7:00 pm (Louis Brown Athletic Center)
The Line: Rutgers Scarlet Knights +5.5 -- Over/Under: See the Latest Odds
The Ohio State Buckeyes and Rutgers Scarlet Knights meet Sunday in college basketball action at the Louis Brown Athletic Center.
The Ohio State Buckeyes look to stay hot after winning nine of their last 10 games. The Ohio State Buckeyes are averaging 80 points on 49.6 percent shooting and allowing 68.4 points on 41.1 percent shooting. Keita Bates-Diop is averaging 20.3 points and 8.8 rebounds while C.J. Jackson is averaging 13.6 points and 4.3 assists. Jae'Sean Tate is the third double-digit scorer and Kaleb Wesson is grabbing 4.8 rebounds. The Ohio State Buckeyes are shooting 37.8 percent from beyond the arc and 72.7 percent from the free throw line. The Ohio State Buckeyes are allowing 33.9 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 34.2 rebounds per game. The Ohio State Buckeyes have won their last three road games.
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The Rutgers Scarlet Knights could use a feel good win after losing four of their last five games. The Rutgers Scarlet Knights are averaging 68.8 points on 40.3 percent shooting and allowing 63.1 points on 39.2 percent shooting. Corey Sanders is averaging 14.2 points and 3.3 assists while Deshawn Freeman is averaging 12 points and 7.6 rebounds. Geo Baker is the third double-digit scorer and Mike Williams is grabbing 4.2 rebounds. The Rutgers Scarlet Knights are shooting 30.5 percent from beyond the arc and 63.2 percent from the free throw line. The Rutgers Scarlet Knights are allowing 31.4 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 37.8 rebounds per game. The Rutgers Scarlet Knights have won five of their last seven home games.
The Buckeyes are 5-0 ATS in their last 5 vs. Big Ten, 13-30-1 ATS in their last 44 road games and 5-12 ATS in their last 17 Sunday games. The Scarlet Knights are 4-0 ATS in their last 4 home games and 5-1 ATS in their last 6 games overall. The under is 5-2-1 in Scarlet Knights last 8 home games and the under is 12-5 in Buckeyes last 17 overall.
The Ohio State Buckeyes are a squad that's starting to find itself recently and looks like a balanced club that could make the big dance. However, the Rutgers Scarlet Knights have one of the top defenses in the country and have been able to put together a 7-3 ATS record because of it. Rutgers beat Wisconsin and went toe-to-toe with Michigan State twice. Rutgers is no pushover and should have quite the home crowd here, as this is a big game for the Scarlet Knights to kind of make a statement to the rest of the Big Ten. Give me the points in a grind it out, physical contest.