Northwestern at Ohio State - 1/9/22 College Basketball Picks and Prediction

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Ohio State (9-3) vs Northwestern (8-4)

Game Info: Sunday, January 9, 2022 at 5:30 pm (Value City Arena)

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The Northwestern Wildcats and the Ohio State Buckeyes meet Sunday in college basketball action at the Value City Arena in Columbus, Ohio. The Northwestern Wildcats hope to snap the team’s current two game losing streak. The Ohio State University Buckeyes have won five of the team’s last six games played, including a 87-79 victory over the Nebraska Cornhuskers.

Through 12 games played this season, the Northwestern Wildcats are averaging 77.3 points a contest on 45 percent shooting. Defensively, the Wildcats are allowing 62.9 points a game. Northwestern forward Pete Nance is averaging 15.9 points, 7.3 rebounds, and 2.7 assists a game. Wildcats guard Boo Buie is averaging 15.3 points, 2.4 rebounds, and 5.8 assists. Northwestern guard Chase Audige is averaging 10.2 points and 4.8 rebounds a contest. The Northwestern Wildcats are shooting 36 percent from behind the three-point line and shooting 75.6 percent from the charity stripe. The Wildcats are allowing opposing teams to convert 30.65 percent of three-point shots attempted.

Through 12 games played this season, the Ohio State Buckeyes are averaging 74.6 points a game on 47.5 percent shooting. On the defensive side of the basketball, the Buckeyes are allowing 68.4 points a game. Ohio State forward EJ Liddell is averaging 18.9 points, 7.4 rebounds, and 2.7 assists a contest. Buckeyes forward Zed Key is averaging 9.4 points and 5.9 rebounds. Ohio State guard Malaki Branham is averaging 9.3 points, 3.4 rebounds, and 1.8 assists a contest. The Ohio State Buckeyes are shooting 38.7 percent from beyond the three-point line and 74.2 percent from the charity stripe.

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The Northwestern Wildcats are 1-4 ATS in their last 5 games played. The Northwestern Wildcats are 3-6 ATS in their last 9 games against Ohio State. The Wildcats are 2-9 SU in their last 11 games played on the road. The game total has gone under in 4 of Ohio State's last 6 games played against Northwestern. The Ohio State Buckeyes are 5-2 ATS in their last 7 games played against an opponent in the Big Ten conference. 

For me, the way to wager on this game is crystal clear. Bet the Ohio State Buckeyes to win this one and cover the spread of 8.5 points in the process. Let me explain why I feel that way. I think that the Ohio State Buckeyes are the better team. I have watched my share of college basketball this season and I can say with confidence that the Buckeyes certainly pass my eye test. Additionally, the historical data points to Ohio State winning this game. The Ohio State Buckeyes are 19-1 SU in their last 20 basketball games played at home against Northwestern.

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Hans’s Pick Ohio State -8.5

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