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Ohio State vs Cornell Basketball Picks 3-19-24

Cornell Big Red (22-7) vs. Ohio State Buckeyes (19-13)
March 19, 2024 7:00 pm EDT
The Line: Ohio State Buckeyes -11.5; Over/Under: +150
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The Cornell Big Red and the Ohio State Buckeyes meet Tuesday in the college basketball NIT First Round at the Value City Arena. We will look at this from a betting perspective and determine the best bets for this game. Here’s Cornell vs. Ohio State Prediction.

Cornell Team Preview

The Cornell Big Red come into this one on behalf of the Ivy League after finishing  the year 22-7 on the year. Chris Manon leads the Big Red in scoring with 12.6 PPG along with 4 RPG and 3 APG this season. Nazir Williams has 11.7 PPG with 3.8 RPG and 3.2 APG as the only other double-digit scorer for Cornell so far this season. Isaiah Gray has 9.3 PPG with 3.8 RPG and a team-high 3.2 APG to lead Cornell in assists while Sean Hansen has 9.3 PPG with 3.6 RPG and Guy Ragland Jr. has 9 PPG with a team-high 5.2 RPG to lead Cornell on the glass this season. As a team, Cornell is averaging 83 PPG on 49.3% shooting from the field, 34.9% from three and 72.5% from the foul line.

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Ohio State Team Preview

The Ohio State Buckeyes come into this one repping the Big Ten, finishing the year at 20-13 on the year. Bruce Thornton leads the Buckeyes in scoring and assists with 16.1 PPG and 4.6 APG while Roddy Gayle Jr. has 13.5 PPG and 4.6 RPG as well on the year. Jamison Battle has 14.9 PPG with 4.9 RPG to cap off the group of double-digit scorers for Ohio State so far this season. Zed Key has 6.8 PPG while Felix Okpara also has a team-high 6.4 RPG to lead the Buckeyes on the glass this season. As a team, Ohio State is averaging 74.9 PPG on 45.3% shooting from the field, 34.5% from three and 76.6% from the foul line this season.

Cornell vs. Ohio State Prediction

I’m on Cornell and the points here. I have to think that Ohio State’s somewhat disappointed to not have been given a shot in the NCAA tournament field after making a run in the Big Ten tournament. Cornell on the other hand, was unlucky in a one-bid league, but this is still a solid Cornell team that’s had plenty of step up spots already this season and are more than capable of hanging around here. Give me the Big Red and the points.

Chris Ruffolo's Free Pick: Cornell +11.5

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Chris Ruffolo

Chris joined the Sports Chat Place team in August 2016 and has a proven system that combines multiple analytical and situational statistics and trends to give out thousands of winning picks over the last three years with winning records across all of the top leagues, Follow Chris Ruffolo on Twitter @ruffthepickdawg

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