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Ohio State vs. Minnesota - 12/2/18 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Game
Minnesota Golden Gophers (6-1) at Ohio State Buckeyes (6-1)
Date & Time Sunday December 2, 2018, 7:00 PM (EST)
The Line
The Line: Ohio State Buckeyes -6.5 -- Over/Under: 139.5
TV Channel
BTN
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NCAA BB | Minnesota Golden Gophers (6-1) at Ohio State Buckeyes (6-1)
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The Minnesota Golden Gophers and Ohio State Buckeyes meet Sunday in college basketball action at the Value City Arena.

The Minnesota Golden Gophers look for a statement road win to build on their solid 6-1 start to the season. The Minnesota Golden Gophers are averaging 76.9 points on 44.2 percent shooting and allowing 69.3 points on 43.9 percent shooting. Jordan Murphy is averaging 15.7 points and 12.7 rebounds while Amir Coffey is averaging 13.6 points and 2.9 assists. Gabe Kalscheur is the third double-digit scorer and Dupree McBrayer is dishing 2.3 assists. The Minnesota Golden Gophers are shooting 36.5 percent from beyond the arc and 67 percent from the free throw line. The Minnesota Golden Gophers are allowing 34.6 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 33.7 rebounds per game. The Minnesota Golden Gophers have lost seven straight road games.

The Ohio State Buckeyes also look for a nice conference victory to build on their 6-1 record. The Ohio State Buckeyes are averaging 78.3 points on 48.5 percent shooting and allowing 60.3 points on 37 percent shooting. Kaleb Wesson is averaging 14.4 points and 6.1 rebounds while C.J. Jackson is averaging 13.6 points and 2.7 assists. Luther Muhammad is dishing 2.7 assists and Duane Washington Jr. is grabbing 2.3 rebounds. The Ohio State Buckeyes are shooting 37.6 percent from beyond the arc and 73.7 percent from the free throw line. The Ohio State Buckeyes are allowing 28.7 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 32.6 rebounds per game. The Ohio State Buckeyes have won four of their last five home games.

The Golden Gophers are 1-4 ATS in their last 5 Sunday games, 21-46-1 ATS in their last 68 road games and 9-21 ATS in their last 30 games overall. The Buckeyes are 7-15 ATS in their last 22 Sunday games, 2-5 ATS in their last 7 home games and 1-4 ATS in their last 5 vs. Big Ten. The Golden Gophers are 1-10 ATS in the last 11 meetings in Ohio St and 1-6 ATS in the last 7 meetings. The under is 5-0 in Golden Gophers last 5 road games. The under is 19-8 in Buckeyes last 27 home games.

This is a lot of points to give a decent Minnesota team, but the Golden Gophers struggled big time in their road game against Boston College and probably lack the consistent outside shooting to scare this Ohio State defense. The Ohio State Buckeyes are currently top-25 in almost every major defensive stat and seem to be getting more effective offensively, if you're able to ignore their performance against Syracuse. I'll take the Buckeyes at home and the somewhat reasonable line. 

Pick:
Minnesota Golden Gophers +6.5

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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