Ohio State Buckeyes (7-1) at Northwestern Wildcats (5-1)
College Basketball: Saturday, December 26, 2020 at 2:00 pm (Welsh-Ryan Arena)
The Line: Northwestern Wildcats +3 -- Over/Under: 141.5 Click to Get Latest Betting Odds
The Ohio State Buckeyes and Northwestern Wildcats meet Saturday in college basketball action at the Welsh-Ryan Arena.
The Ohio State Buckeyes look for another win to build on their 7-1 record. The Ohio State Buckeyes are averaging 77.4 points on 44.3 percent shooting and allowing 65.8 points on 40.6 percent shooting. Duane Washington Jr. is averaging 15.4 points and 3.4 rebounds while EJ Liddell is averaging 15.3 points and 6.5 rebounds. Justice Sueing is the third double-digit scorer and CJ Walker is grabbing three rebounds. The Ohio State Buckeyes are shooting 32.2 percent from beyond the arc and 76.8 percent from the free throw line. The Ohio State Buckeyes are allowing 38.1 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 34 rebounds per game.
The Northwestern Wildcats look for a statement win to build on their three-game winning streak. The Northwestern Wildcats are averaging 87.7 points on 48.6 percent shooting and allowing 61 points on 36.7 percent shooting. Boo Buie is averaging 14.5 points and three rebounds while Miller Kopp is averaging 13.8 points and 2.7 rebounds. Chase Audige is the third double-digit scorer and Pete Nance is grabbing 7.3 rebounds. The Northwestern Wildcats are shooting 42.7 percent from beyond the arc and 74.6 percent from the free throw line. The Northwestern Wildcats are allowing 28.6 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 39.5 rebounds per game.
The Buckeyes are 1-4-1 ATS in their last 6 road games and 13-6-1 ATS in their last 20 games overall. The Wildcats are 4-1 ATS in their last 5 home games and 4-1 ATS in their last 5 games overall. The over is 12-5 in Buckeyes last 17 Saturday games. The over is 5-2 in Wildcats last 7 home games. The favorite is 4-0 ATS in the last 4 meetings.
The Ohio State Buckeyes are probably the better, deeper team up to this point, but Northwestern has more than proven itself this season, which includes recent wins over Michigan State and Indiana. Northwestern has also been elite defensively through six games and can really muck a game up. Ohio State should be favored, but Northwestern has done enough up to this point to back as a home dog.