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Ohio State vs. Miami-Ohio - 12/30/17 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Game
Miami-Ohio RedHawks (7-5) at Ohio State Buckeyes (10-4)
Date & Time Saturday December 30, 2017, 12:00 PM (EST)
The Line
The Line: Ohio State Buckeyes -21.5 -- Over/Under:
TV Channel
ESPNU
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NCAA BB | Miami-Ohio RedHawks (7-5) at Ohio State Buckeyes (10-4)
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The Miami (OH) RedHawks and Ohio State Buckeyes meet Saturday in college basketball action at the Value City Arena.

The Miami (OH) RedHawks look for a spark of consistency after splitting their last 10 games. The Miami (OH) RedHawks are averaging 65.8 points on 41.8 percent shooting and allowing 72.8 points on 45.2 percent shooting. Nike Sibande is averaging 14 points and 3.8 rebounds while Logan McLane is averaging 10.3 points and 6.7 rebounds. Jalen Adaway is the third double-digit scorer and Jake Wright is grabbing 1.2 rebounds. The Miami (OH) RedHawks are shooting 33.2 percent from beyond the arc and 65.8 percent from the free throw line. The Miami (OH) RedHawks are allowing 34.4 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 33.6 rebounds per game. The Miami (OH) RedHawks have lost four of their last six road games.

The Ohio State Buckeyes look for another win after winning five of their last six games. The Ohio State Buckeyes are averaging 78.9 points on 49.1 percent shooting and allowing 68.4 points on 41.8 percent shooting. Keita Bates-Diop is averaging 18.7 points and 8.6 rebounds while C.J. Jackson is averaging 13.4 points and 4.2 assists. Jae'Sean Tate is the third double-digit scorer and Kaleb Wesson is grabbing 4.8 rebounds. The Ohio State Buckeyes are shooting 35.3 percent from beyond the arc and 72.9 percent from the free throw line. The Ohio State Buckeyes are allowing 34.4 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 34.6 rebounds per game. The Ohio State Buckeyes have won four straight home games.

The Red Hawks are 9-4 ATS in their last 13 non-conference games. The Buckeyes are 5-11 ATS in their last 16 home games, 8-20 ATS in their last 28 Saturday games and 1-5 ATS in their last 6 non-conference games. The under is 4-1 in Buckeyes last 5 overall and the over is 4-1 in Red Hawks last 5 overall.

The Miami (OH) RedHawks have played a lot of road games already to prepare them for a game like this and have been decent on the defensive end. The Ohio State Buckeyes have been better with consistent play than past recent years, but I'm not sure I trust this team to blow the doors off and really bury a team. This is a chance for Miami (OH) to kind of make a statement, and while a victory isn't in the cards, I could see the Redhawks keeping it closer than the number, as this game means more to them than the Buckeyes.

Pick:
Miami (OH) RedHawks +21.5

Randy Chambers has been with Sports Chat Place since 2014 and covers everything from the NFL to WNBA and tennis. Nobody works harder in this business in terms of content produced and amount of sports covered. Formerly a lead college football writer with Bleacher Report and has had his work featured at Fox Sports, CBS Sports and various other outlets.

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