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Ohio State Buckeyes vs. Nebraska Cornhuskers - 1/14/20 College Basketball Pick, Odds & Prediction

Game
Nebraska Cornhuskers at Ohio State Buckeyes
Date & Time Tuesday January 14, 2020, 6:30 PM (EST)
Location
Value City Arena
The Arena, 4720, Main Street, THE WHARF ORANGE BEACH, Orange Beach, Baldwin County, Alabama, 36561, USA
The Line
Ohio State -17.5 O/U 140
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The Nebraska Cornhuskers travel to the Value City Arena to take on the sliding Ohio State Buckeyes. Ohio State comes in on a four-game losing streak, most recently losing to Indiana on the road 66-54 to drop to 11-5 on the season after starting 11-1 on the year. Nebraska lost on the road to Northwestern 62-57 after an upset win over the Iowa Hawkeyes to fall to 7-9 on the year.

Ohio State has struggled through the start of Big Ten play with just a 1-4 in conference record and looks to get back on track at home. The Ohio State offense averages 73.4 points per game which ranks 130th in the NCAA but as a team shoots the ball efficiently especially from the three points line with a 37.7% team percentage. Leading the Buckeyes on offense is junior forward Kaleb Wesson who nearly averages a double-double with 14.5 points and 9.3 rebounds. Leading the backcourt is freshman guard DJ Carton who recently joining the starting lineup and averages a team high 2.8 assists while adding 10 points per game.

Nebraska averages 72.8 points which ranks 147th in the NCAA while shooting just 41.8% from the field. Nebraska offense is led by backcourt duo of Haanif Cheatham and Cameron Mack, Cheatham leads the team in scoring with 13.1 points per game while Mack leads the team in assists with 6.8, ranks second in the team with 4.9 rebounds and adds 12.7 points per game. The paint is manned by Thorir Thorbjarnarson who leads the team in rebounding with 6.4 rebounds but only adds 5.8 points per game.

Ohio State defense has been excellent this season allowing only 59.4 points per game which ranks 13th in the nation and has held opponents to just 36.5% from the field to rank 6th in the NCAA. Nebraska has struggled on the defensive end allowing opponents to score 74.1 points per game to rank 293rd in college basketball while allowing teams to shoot 42.2% from the field.

Ohio State has been great against the spread this season with a 10-6 record ATS but have struggled as of late only covering the spread once in their last five games, while Nebraska comes in with an 8-8 record ATS but have covered the spread in five of their last seven games. Final score prediction, Nebraska is starting to find their legs and keeps this game close against the stuttering Ohio State Buckeyes with a 70-63 final score.

Pick:
Nebraska +17.5
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