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Ohio State vs. Northwestern - 2/20/19 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Game
Northwestern at Ohio State
Date & Time Wednesday February 20, 2019, 8:30 PM (EST)
Location
Value City Arena
Columbus, OH
The Line
Ohio State Buckeyes -7.5 -- Over/Under: 125.5
TV Channel
BTN
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The Northwestern Wildcats and the Ohio State Buckeyes meet in Big Ten college basketball action from the Value City Arena on Wednesday night.

The Northwestern Wildcats will look to snap a 6-game losing streak after a 59-50 loss to Nebraska in their last outing. Vic Law led the Wildcats with 15 points on 6 of 15 shooting with 4 rebounds while Dererk Pardon added 13 points on 5 of 12 shooting with 12 rebounds for the double-double. Anthony Gaines added 10 points with 8 rebounds to round out the trio of double-digit scorers for Northwestern in the losing effort while Barret Benson chipped in 10 rebounds and a pair of blocks. Law leads Northwestern in scoring with an average of 15.5 points per game while Pardon leads the Wildcats in rebounding with 7.8 rebounds per game and A.J. Turner leads Northwestern in assists with 3 helpers per game this season. As a team, Northwestern is averaging 67 points per game on 40.9% shooting from the field, 32.6% from Behind the arc and 72.9% from the foul line this season.

The Ohio State Buckeyes will look to rebound from back-to-back losses after a 62-44 loss to Michigan State last time out. Kaleb Wesson led the Buckeyes as the lone player to score in double figures with 12 points on 5 of 11 shooting along with a team-high 9 rebounds. Andre Wesson added 4 points with 8 rebounds, a team-high 4 assists and 3 steals. Kaleb Wesson leads the Buckeyes with an average of 14.4 points and 6.4 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 70.6 points per game on 45% shooting from the field, 35.8% from behind the arc and 72.3% from the foul line this season.

Northwestern is 1-5 ATS in their last 6 games overall and 6-15 ATS in their last 21 road games while the under is 35-16-2 in their last 53 conference games. Ohio State is 1-6 ATS in their last 7 home games and 3-10 ATS in their last 13 games overall while the under is 8-3 in their last 11 conference games. The over is 7-3 in the last 10 meetings between these two teams and 5-0 in the last 5 meetings at Ohio State.

This feels like a lot of points to lay with an Ohio State team that fell off a cliff offensively after leading at the half against Michigan State and that hasn’t been playing all that well ATS as of late. However, Northwestern has scored 56 or less points in 5 of the 6 games during this losing skid and the Buckeyes have scored 56 or less in each of their last 3 games, so while the over has been a solid bet in recent meetings, I’ll side with the under in this one between two teams that have trouble finding the bottom of the net.

Pick:
Under 125.5

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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