Oral Roberts at Ohio State - 3/19/21 College Basketball Picks and Prediction
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Ohio State Buckeyes (21-9) vs Oral Roberts Golden Eagles (16-10)
Game Info: Friday, March 19, 2021 at 3:00 pm (Mackey Arena)
Betting Odds: Ohio State Buckeyes -16.5 -- Over/Under: 154.5 Click Here for the Latest Odds
The Oral Roberts Golden Eagles will be facing the Ohio State Buckeyes in the NCAA Tournament this Friday. The Buckeyes open as 16.5 point favorites over the Summit League champion Golden Eagles.
Oral Roberts surprised some people with their run from the 4 seed to eventual conference champions last week. It was a solid season for the Golden Eagles, who finished the year 16-10 overall, winning 5 in a row en route to winning their conference tournament. Sophomore guard Max Abmas has carried the offense this season, leading the team with 24.2 points and 3.7 assists per game. Kevin Obanor has also been a factor, averaging 18.2 points and 9.5 rebounds per game. Both players are shooting over 40% from three. As a team they are shooting 45.4% from the field, and 39% from three on the year. Oral Roberts has assisted on 44.8% of their field goals. They are averaging 81.8 points per game, while allowing 75.8 to the opposition.
Ohio State will come into the tournament as a 2 seed in the South Region after coming up short against the Fighting Illini 91-88 in overtime in the Big Ten Tournament Final. Ohio State had a tough stretch leading up to the Conference Tournament, losing 4 in a row to end their regular season. They finished the year 21-9 overall playing in a stacked Big Ten conference. The Buckeyes are averaging 77.3 points per game, and allowing 71 to the opposition this season. Duane Washington leads the team with 16.3 points per game. E.J. Liddell has also been a force, averaging 15.9 points and 6.4 rebounds. The Buckeyes are assisting on 49.4% of their field goals this season, and have a 1.25 assist-turnover ratio.
Oral Roberts is 14-9 ATS this season, 7-3 ATS in their last 10, and 9-3 ATS as the underdog. Ohio State is 17-12-1 ATS this season, 5-5 ATS in their last 10, and 10-10 ATS as the favorite.
The Golden Eagles are not getting much love from Vegas, opening as the huge dog against the Buckeyes. Oral Roberts can score with anyone in the nation, thanks in large part to having Division 1 leading scoring Max Abmas. Ohio State is the much deeper team, but I expect Abmas and Obanor to be on the floor for the majority this one to give the Golden Eagles a shot. Ohio State should win this game, but I expect them to have to play a solid 40 minutes to earn it against a good Oral Roberts team. Give me the Golden Eagles to cover.