Ohio State at Minnesota: 1/27/22 College Basketball Picks and Predictions

Ohio State at Minnesota: 1/27/22 College Basketball Picks and Predictions Photo by Trevor Ruszkowski-USA TODAY Sports

Minnesota Golden Gophers (11-5) vs Ohio State Buckeyes (12-4)

Game Info: Thursday, January 27, 2022 at 8:00 pm (Williams Arena)

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The Ohio State Buckeyes and Minnesota Golden Gophers face off on Thursday in a college basketball showdown at Williams Arena. When these two teams faced off in March of 2021 it was Ohio State that won 79-75. 

Ohio State comes into this game with a 12-4 record overall and they have gone 7-9 against the spread. The last game for Ohio State was on the 18th against IUPUI and Ohio State won that game 83-73. Ohio State is averaging 75.1 points while their defense is giving up 67.4 points per game. E.J. Lidell has been the best player for Ohio State averaging 19.4 points while shooting 51.2 percent from the field and 39.7 percent from behind the three point line. The one thing that can’t happen is Ohio State overlooks this game. If they take this game for granted they will lose this game.

On the other side of this matchup is the Minnesota Golden Gophers who sit with an 11-5 record and they have gone 8-7-1 against the spread. In the last game against Rutgers, Minnesota only had seven scholarship players available and they still won by three points. Minnesota is averaging 69.6 points while their defense is giving up 66.3 points per game. The top player for the Gophers has been Jamison Battle but he is dealing with COVID issues, and it’s unclear if he will be able to go in this game. Payton WIllis is averaging 16.5 points while shooting 48.5 percent from the field and in the last game against Rutgers he put up 32 points. 

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Ohio State is 0-5 against the spread in their last five games played on Thursday. Ohio State is 1-4 against the spread in their last five road games. The over is 4-0 in Minnesota’s last four games. The under is 3-0-1 in Ohio State’s last four games against a team with a winning straight up record. 

It’s hard without knowing how Minnesota is going to have, but this is a team that is filled with fighters, and I expect they are going to keep this game close. Minnesota is going to play good defense and that is going to be enough to keep this game close. Back Minnesota against the spread. 

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Shane’s Pick Minnesota +4

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