Northwestern Wildcats vs. Ohio St. Buckeyes
The Northwestern Wildcats and the Ohio State Buckeyes face off on Thursday in Evanston in Big Ten college basketball action. The Buckeyes are -9.5 point favorites over the Wildcats with an over/under point total set at 122.
The Northwestern Wildcats have lost seven of their last eight games as injuries have finally just gotten the best of them. Northwestern is 4-11 in the Big 10, 8-9 at home, and they are tied for 10th place in the conference standings. As a team Northwestern is averaging 61.1 points, 14.7 assists, and they are shooting 40.2 percent while defensively they are allowing 63 points, 13.1 assists, and they are shooting 42.3 percent. Reggie Hearn is averaging 13.7 points, Dave Sobolewski is averaging 10.2 points, and Tre Demps is averaging 7.5 points. Northwestern played Ohio State tough in the first meeting of these two teams.
The Ohio State Buckeyes have won three of their last four games and they are ranked 16th in the nation. OSU is 10-5 in the Big Ten, 3-5 on the road this season, and they are in fifth place in the conference standings. As a team Ohio State is averaging 70.6 points, 13.3 assists, and they are shooting 45.4 percent while defensively they are allowing 59.1 points, 10.1 assists, and their opponents are shooting 39.5 percent. Deshaun Thomas is averaging 19.9 points and 6.1 rebounds, Lenzelle Smith Jr. is averaging 9.7 points, and Aaron Craft is averaging 9.6 points. Ohio State travels to Indiana next and closes the regular season out at home against Illinois.
Northwestern is 1-4 against the spread in their last five games, 1-4 against the spread following a loss of 20 or more points, and 2-6 against the spread after scoring less than 50 points in their previous game. Ohio State is 5-2-1 against the spread following a win, 8-3 against the spread against a team with a losing record, and 1-5 against the spread in their last six games at Northwestern. The underdog has covered the spread in four of the last five meetings of these two.
The total in this one is set at 122 and I have it coming in under.