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

Game
Youngstown State Penguins (4-8) at Ohio State Buckeyes (9-1)
Date & Time Tuesday December 18, 2018, 7:00 PM (EST)
Location Unknown Location Unknown Address
The Line
The Line: Ohio State Buckeyes -26.5 -- Over/Under: 144.5
TV Channel
BTN
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The Youngstown State Penguins and Ohio State Buckeyes meet Tuesday in college basketball action at the Value City Arena.

The Youngstown State Penguins could use a victory here after losing six of their last eight games. The Youngstown State Penguins are averaging 78.1 points on 41.5 percent shooting and allowing 82.2 points on 46.3 percent shooting. Garrett Covington is averaging 12.8 points and 1.4 assists while Kendale Hampton is averaging 9.5 points and 2.2 rebounds. Donel Cathcart III is grabbing 1.7 rebounds and Devin Morgan is dishing 2.9 assists. The Youngstown State Penguins are shooting 31 percent from beyond the arc and 67.3 percent from the free throw line. The Youngstown State Penguins are allowing 33.2 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 42.4 rebounds per game. The Youngstown State Penguins have lost four of their last five road games.

The Ohio State Buckeyes look to stay hot while building on their impressive 9-1 record. The Ohio State Buckeyes are averaging 77.7 points on 48.1 percent shooting and allowing 61.9 points on 37.2 percent shooting. Kaleb Wesson is averaging 15.1 points and 6.6 rebounds while C.J. Jackson is averaging 12.4 points and 3.4 assists. Keyshawn Woods is dishing 2.8 assists and Duane Washington Jr. is grabbing 2.4 rebounds. The Ohio State Buckeyes are shooting 37.9 percent from beyond the arc and 73.9 percent from the free throw line. The Ohio State Buckeyes are allowing 28.8 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 36.9 rebounds per game. The Ohio State Buckeyes have won six of their last seven home games.

The Penguins are 4-9 ATS in their last 13 road games, 7-19 ATS in their last 26 non-conference games and 4-10 ATS in their last 14 games overall. The Buckeyes are 5-0 ATS in their last 5 vs. Horizon League and 1-4 ATS in their last 5 non-conference games. The over is 5-2-1 in Buckeyes last 8 home games and 3-1-1 in Buckeyes last 5 overall.

The Ohio State Buckeyes have shown to be one of the more balanced teams in the country, but they're just 3-4 ATS at home this season and 2-3 ATS as a double-digit favorite. The Youngstown State Penguins have the offensive punch to hang around in this game and have played a tough enough schedule to prepare them for a game like this. It's just too many points to lay for my taste. I'll take a stab with the Penguins and the free buckets.

Pick:
Youngstown State Penguins +26.5

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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