Ohio State Buckeyes (8-3) at Rutgers Scarlet Knights (7-3)
College Basketball: Saturday, January 9, 2021 at 12:00 pm (Rutgers Athletic Center)
The Line: Rutgers Scarlet Knights -3 -- Over/Under: 141 Click to Get Latest Betting Odds
The Ohio State Buckeyes and the Rutgers Scarlet Knights meet in Big Ten college basketball action from the
The Ohio State Buckeyes come into this one at 8-3 on the year after a 77-60 loss to Minnesota in their last game. Duane Washington Jr. leads the Buckeyes in scoring with 14.9 PPG with 3.2 RPG and 2.5 APG while E.J. Liddell has 13.9 PPG and a team-high 6.4 RPG this season. Justice Sueing’s added 10.5 PPG with 4.5 RPG as Ohio State’s 3rd and final double-digit scorer heading into Saturday’s matchup. C.J. Walker has 8.7 PPG while leading Ohio State with 4.2 APG, but will miss an indefinite amount of time with a hand injury. Kyle Young also has 7.5 PPG and 6.4 RPG of his own for the Buckeyes on the year. As a team, Ohio State is averaging 76.3 PPG on 43.6% shooting from the field, 31.2% from 3-point range and 76.8% from the foul line while allowing opposing teams to average 66.2 PPG on 40.4% shooting from the field and 35.1% from 3-point range this season.
The Rutgers Scarlet Knights will look to bounce back after back-to-back losses following a 68-45 beatdown on the road at the hands of Michigan State last time out. Ron Harper Jr. leads the Scarlet Knights in scoring and is 2nd in rebounding with 21.1 PPG and 6.4 RPG while Jacob Yougn is 2nd in scoring and tops in assists with 15.2 PPG and 4.8 APG and Montez Mathis is 3rd with 14.1 PPG and 3.8 RPG this season. Geo Baker has chipped in 9.4 PPG while Myles Johnson has 7.4 PPG and 8.5 RPG to lead the Scarlet Knights in rebounding up to this point in the year. As a team, Rutgers is averaging 76.5 PPG on 47.2% shooting from the field, 38.4% from 3-point range and 58.4% from the foul line while allowing opposing teams to average 71.2 PPG on 42.7% shooting from the field and 31.6% from 3-point range this season.
Ohio State is 0-4-1 ATS in their last 5 road games and 8-22-1 ATS in their last 31 road games against a team with a winning home record while the over is 9-2 in their last 11 games against a team with a winning percentage above .600. Rutgers is 15-5-2 ATS in their last 22 home games and 5-2-1 ATS in their last 8 games overall while the over is 9-3-1 in their last 13 home games against a team with a losing road record. The home team is 5-0 ATS in the last 5 meetings between these two teams and the favorite is 5-1 ATS in the last 6 meetings between these two teams as well.
The Buckeyes are not afraid of going on the road and competing, but the fact is that the Buckeyes have not done well against the number on the road this season, going 0-3-1 ATS and now the loss of C.J. Walker for the foreseeable future does not do this team any favors. Rutgers is a tough team to begin with as they get after you defensively and have a lineup loaded with talent and Ohio state going in one key player down isn’t good news. I’ll lay the bucket with Rutgers in this spot.