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Houston vs. Ohio State - 3/24/19 NCAA College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Game
Ohio State at Houston
Date & Time Sunday March 24, 2019, 8:40 PM (EDT)
Location
BOK Center
Tulsa, Oklahoma
The Line
Houston Cougars -6.5 O/U: 131.5
TV Channel
TNT
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The Ohio State Buckeyes and the Houston Cougars will match up on the college basketball court in the Second Round of the NCAA Tournament on Sunday.

Ohio State enters this one at 20-14 overall. The Buckeyes’ Big Ten Tournament run ended at the hands of Michigan State, but they were able to snag a huge victory over Iowa State in the First Round of the NCAA Tournament Friday.

In the upset over the Cyclones, Ohio State’s top scorer was Kaleb Wesson, who doubled up on 21 points with 12 rebounds and two assists. Keyshawn Woods had a nice line for the Buckeyes in that one as well with 19 points, four rebounds and two assists.

Over on the Houston side, they’re rolling in here with a 32-3 mark overall. The Cougars fell to Cincinnati 69-57 in the third game of the AAC Tournament, but bounced back in the First Round Friday with an 84-55 win versus Georgia State.

In the win over the Panthers, Houston’s top scorer was Corey Davis with 26 points, seven rebounds and six assists. Doubling up for the Cougars there as well was Fabian White with 14 points and 11 rebounds.

Ohio State is 5-0 ATS in their last five neutral-site games and 2-7 ATS in their last nine after a straight-up win. The Buckeyes are 2-7 ATS in their last nine after an ATS win and 1-8 ATS in their last nine NCAA Tournament games.

Meanwhile, the Cougars are 5-1 ATS in their last six Sunday games and 7-2 ATS in their last nine non-conference games. Houston is 8-3 ATS in their last 11 neutral-site games and 34-16-2 ATS in their last 52 overall.

Well, Houston didn’t have much trouble with the Panthers in the First Round, especially with that 44-24 second half. It’s almost enough to get past the disappointing loss to Cincinnati in the conference tournament. Almost.

In any case, Ohio State busted a lot of brackets by dispatching the Cyclones, who were a trendy pick to plow through the tourney. The Buckeyes skidded into tournament play but have done pretty well in the three games since, but I still don’t think they have anywhere near enough juice to hang with Houston. I’m likely sticking with the Cougars here.

Pick:
Houston Cougars -6.5

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