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Nebraska vs. Ohio State - 1/26/19 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Game
Ohio State at Nebraska
Date & Time Saturday January 26, 2019, 12:00 PM (EST)
Location
Pinnacle Bank Arena
Lincoln, NE
The Line
Nebraska Cornhuskers -7 -- Over/Under: 135.5
TV Channel
FS-1
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The Ohio State Buckeyes and the Nebraska Cornhuskers meet in Big Ten conference college basketball action from the Pinnacle Bank Arena on Saturday afternoon.

The Ohio State Buckeyes will look for a much-needed win after losing 5 straight games following a 79-67 loss to Purdue in their last outing. Andre Wesson led the Buckeyes with 22 points on an efficient 9 of 10 shooting from the floor with 4 threes while Musa Jallow added 12 points on 5 of 7 shooting with a pair of threes and team-highs of 6 rebounds and 5 steals. Luther Muhammad added 10 points with a pair of steals to round out the trio of double-digit scorers for Ohio State in the losing effort. Kaleb Wesson was held to just 6 points before fouling out after just 16 minutes on the floor, but still leads the Buckeyes with an average of 15.3 points and 6.6 rebounds per game while C.J. Jackson leads Ohio State in assists with 3.7 assists per game this season. As a team, Ohio State is averaging 74.6 points per game on 46.2% shooting from the field, 36% from behind the arc and 72.2% from the foul line this season.

The Nebraska Cornhuskers desperately need a win here after back-to-back losses following a 76-69 loss to Rutgers in their last outing as 8.5-point favorites. James Palmer Jr. led the Huskers with 22 points on 7 of 18 shooting with 3 threes and a share of the team-high with 4 assists while Isaac Copeland Jr. added 16 points with a pair of threes, a share of the team lead with 8 rebounds along with a pair of blocks. Glynn Watson Jr. added 14 points with 3 threes and 4 assists to finish off the group of double-digit scorers for Nebraska in the loss while Isaiah Roby added 6 points with 8 rebounds, 3 steals and a pair of blocks. Palmer Jr. leads the Cornhuskers in scoring with 19.4 points per game while Watson Jr. leads Nebraska in assists with 3.8 assists per game and Roby leads the Cornhuskers in rebounding with 6.6 rebounds per game this season. As a team, Nebraska is scoring 77.2 points per game on 46.1% shooting from the field, 35.6% from behind the arc and 72.1% from the foul line this season.

Ohio State is 0-6 ATS in their last 6 games overall and 5-17 ATS in their last 22 games against a team with a winning record while the under is 4-1 in their last 5 road games. Nebraska is 20-7-1 ATS in their last 28 home games and 29-10-1 ATS in their last 40 games overall while the under is 4-0 in their last 4 games against a team with a winning record. The underdog is 4-0 ATS in the last 4 meetings between these two teams.

You could definitely make a case for Ohio State and the points, as the last 4 meetings and 6 of the last 7 meetings have been decided by 6 points or less. However, Ohio State is struggling mightily right now, both overall and ATS and have had issues against the number when taking a step up in competition. Nebraska has had consistency issues lately, but the Cornhuskers have a strong track record of being solid against the number dating back quite some time now, so with that said, I’ll lay the points with Nebraska in this one.

Pick:
Nebraska -7

Chris has been a sports fan from when he was old enough to pick up a basketball and was a standout offensive lineman throughout high school and college. Chris uses that same instinct, determination and drive to analyze trends and statistics to find and produce winners on a consistent basis. Chris has been writing for Sports Chat Place since 2016 and covers a wide array of sports from college and pro football, college basketball, hockey and baseball.

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