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Ohio State vs. Indiana - 3/14/19 Big Ten Tournament Second Round College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Game
Indiana at Ohio State
Date & Time Thursday March 14, 2019, 12:30 PM (EDT)
Location
United Center
Chicago, IL
The Line
Indiana Hoosiers -1.5 -- O/U: 130
TV Channel
BTN
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The Indiana Hoosiers and the Ohio State Buckeyes meet in a Big Ten tournament second round matchup in college basketball action from the United Center on Thursday.

The Indiana Hoosiers come into the tournament as the #9 seed after finishing the regular season with a 17-14 overall record, including 8-12 in Big Ten play, losing out on a head-to-head tiebreaker with Ohio State for the higher seed. Indiana had some solid competition in the non-conference portion of their schedule, with wins over Marquette, Louisville and Butler as well as losses to Arkansas and Duke. Indiana started Big Ten play with back-to-back wins in December and went 3-0 before falling off of a cliff with losses in 12 of their next 13 games before winning 4 straight to finish the season. Somehow, amidst all of the chaos and struggles, the Hoosiers managed to pull off a season sweep of Michigan state as well as a win over a hot Wisconsin team late in the season. Romeo Langford leads Indiana in scoring with 16.7 points per game while Juwan Morgan added 15.1 points and a team-high 8.3 rebounds per game as the only other Indiana player to average in double figures scoring on the year. Rob Phinisee added a team-high 2.9 assists per game this season. As a team, Indiana is averaging 71.4 points per game on 46% shooting from the field, 31% from behind the arc and 66.1% from the foul line this season.

The Ohio State Buckeyes come into the tournament as the #8 seed, finishing the year at 18-13 overall, including an 8-12 mark in Big Ten play, winning out over Indiana in the previously mentioned head-to-head tiebreaker. Ohio State took down some tough competition of their own in the non-conference part of their schedule with road wins over Cincinnati and Creighton as well as a neutral site win over UCLA. Ohio State started Big Ten play with a pair of conference wins in December before starting January with 5 straight conference losses and defeats in 6 of 7 to fall to 3-6 early. Ohio State fought back to .500 before dropping 6 of 8 down the stretch to finish below .500 in conference play. Kaleb Wesson leads Ohio State in scoring and rebounding with 14.6 points and 6.7 rebounds per game while C.J. Jackson is 2nd in scoring with 12.1 points as well as a team-high 3.4 assists per game this season. As a team, Ohio State is averaging 69.3 points per game on 43.6% shooting from the field, 33.8% from behind the arc and 72.6% from the foul line this season.

Indiana is 6-0 ATS in their last 6 games overall and 4-0 ATS in their last 4 games against a team with a winning record while the over is 4-1 in their last 5 games following a win. Ohio State is 1-4 ATS in their last 5 games overall and 7-23 ATS in their last 30 neutral site games while the over is 4-1 in their last 5 conference games. The underdog is 7-3 ATS in the last 10 meetings between these two teams.

Kaleb Wesson is likely to be back for this contest which would be huge for the Buckeyes, but in the grand scheme of things, I’m not sure how much it’ll help matters for Ohio State. Indiana has been on a tear ATS as of late and really picked up their play to finish the season, looking like the solid Big Ten team we expected to see at the beginning of the season. Ohio State really faltered down the stretch, so with the line being as low as it is, I think Indiana is a solid play on Thursday.

Pick:
Indiana -1.5

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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