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

Game
Ohio State at Houston
Date & Time Sunday March 24, 2019, 8:40 PM (EDT)
Location
Bank of Oklahoma Center
Tulsa, OK
The Line
Houston Cougars -5.5 -- O/U: 131.5
TV Channel
TNT
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The Ohio State Buckeyes and the Houston Cougars meet in an NCAA tournament second round matchup from the Bank of Oklahoma Center on Sunday night.

The Ohio State Buckeyes come into the second round after upsetting the #6 seed Iowa State Cyclones by a final score of 62-59 in the first round. Kaleb Wesson led the Buckeyes with 21 points on 8 of 15 shooting along with 12 rebounds for the double-double. Keyshawn Woods came 2nd with 19 points along with 3 threes while Musa Jallow chipped in 11 points with 3 steals to round out the trio of double-digit scorers for Ohio State in the win. Wesson leads Ohio State in scoring and rebounding with 14.6 points and 6.9 rebounds per game while C.J. Jackson leads the Buckeyes in assists with 3.5 assists per game this season. As a team, Ohio State is averaging 69.4 points per game on 43.6% shooting from the field, 34% from behind the arc and 73.5% from the foul line this season.

The Houston Cougars booked their spot in the second round after beating down on the #14 seeded Georgia State Panthers by a final score of 84-55. Corey Davis Jr. led the Cougars with 16 points along with 7 threes, 7 rebounds and 6 assists. Fabian White Jr. came 2nd with 14 points along with 11 rebounds for the double-double while Breaon Brady added 13 points on a perfect 6 of 6 shooting with 8 rebounds in 16 minutes. Dejon Jarreau contributed 10 points and a team-high 7 assists to round out the scoring in double figures for the Cougars in the win while Galen Robinson Jr. had 6 assists of his own. Davis Jr. leads Houston in scoring with 16.9 points per game while Robinson Jr. is the Cougars’ leading assist man with 4.9 assists per game and Armoni Brooks leads Houston in rebounding with 6.5 rebounds per game this season. As a team, Houston is averaging 75.9 points per game on 44.7% shooting from the field, 35.7% from behind the 3-point line and 70.3% from the foul line this season. The Cougars are also one of the nation’s best on defense, sitting 7th in the country in scoring defense, allowing just 61.1 points per game while also leading the nation in field goal percentage against and 3-point percentage against, allowing opponents to shoot just 36.5% from the field and 27.5% from 3-point range.

Ohio State is 1-8 ATS in their last 9 NCAA tournament games and 2-7 ATS in their last 9 games following a win while the over is 20-8 in their last 28 NCAA tournament games. Houston is 7-2 ATS in their last 9 non-conference games and 8-3 ATS in their last 11 neutral site games while the under is 3-0-1 in their last 4 games overall.

I’d like to give Ohio State a reasonable chance at another victory here, but the fact is that the Buckeyes are still a team that’s lost 13 of their last 21 games overall and a lot of those games failed to see Ohio State score more than 60 points. That won’t fly against Houston, who gets after it defensively and can score with the best of them, just ask Georgia State. I like Houston to advance here, and the line isn’t too bad either so I’ll lay the points with Houston in this spot.

Pick:
Houston -5.5

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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