Ohio State Buckeyes vs. Minnesota Golden Gophers - 1/23/20 College Basketball Pick, Odds & Prediction

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Minnesota Golden Gophers at Ohio State Buckeyes

Thursday, January 23, 2020 at 6:30 PM (Value City Arena)

OSU -7.5 . Total 134.0

TV: FS1

The Minnesota Golden Gophers are on the road for a matchup with the Ohio State Buckeyes.  The Golden Gophers are (10-8), coming off a 64-56 loss to Rutgers.  The Buckeyes are (12-6), after falling at Penn State, 90-76.

In the Golden Gophers loss to Rutgers, Minnesota was guided on offense by Daniel Oturu.  Oturu connected on 6 of 16 attempts, hitting 6 free throws, registering 19points and 9 rebounds.  Minnesota shot36% from the floor and 32% from 3-point range.  The Golden Gophers were out rebounded by Rutgers, 45 to 35.  Minnesota allowed 20 offensive rebounds, which led to 8 more shots for Rutgers.

In the Buckeyes loss to Penn State, Ohio State was led offensively by Duane Washington Jr.  Washington was 6 of 10 from the floor, making 5 foul shots, totaling 20 points.  Ohio State converted on 43% of their shots from the floor and 45% from 3-point distance.  The Buckeyes struggled on defense, allowing Penn State to shoot at a 54% clip from the floor.  The Buckeyes had 13 turnovers and trialed by as many as 20 points.

Recent Betting Trends:

Golden Gophers are 10-5 ATS in their last 15 games.

Golden Gophers are 2-7 ATS in their last 9 games against Ohio State.

The over is 8-4 in Golden Gophers last 12 games.

Buckeyes are 0-6 ATS in their last 6 games.

Buckeyes are 1-5 SU in their last 6 games.

The under is 4-2 in Buckeyes last 6 games.

I have said this time and time again it is very hard for a Big Ten team to win on the road in conference play.  Now, Illinois proved they are capable winning on the road, with the win over Purdue on Tuesday night.  If you break down the win/loss ratio for road teams it is completely lopsided.  The Buckeyes are 10-1 at home, while the Golden Gophers are 0-6 on the road.  It is not secret that Ohio State has been struggling, but the buckeyes are at home.  I look for a big game out of Kaleb Wesson.  Final score prediction, Ohio State will win and cover,   71-62.

Chris’s Pick OHIO STATE BUCKEYES -7.5

The pick in this article is the opinion of the writer, not a Sports Chat Place site consensus.