Minnesota at Ohio State - 1/12/23 College Basketball Picks and Prediction

Ohio State Buckeyes (10-5) vs Minnesota Golden Gophers (6-8)

Game Info: Thursday, January 12, 2023 at 6:30 pm (Value City Arena)

Betting Odds: Ohio State Buckeyes -15 -- Over/Under: 137 Click Here for the Latest Odds

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The Minnesota Golden Gophers and Ohio State Buckeyes face off on Thursday in a college basketball showdown at the Value City Arena. Last February it was Ohio State that secured the 70-45 victory. 

Minnesota comes into this game with a 6-8 record and they have gone 5-8-1 against the spread. The Gophers have been more competitive as of late and over the last two games they have lost by a combined total of five points. In the last game against Nebraska, they forced overtime, but they lost 14-12. Minnesota is averaging 64.3 points while their defense is giving up 67.5 points per game. The offense is ranked 341st and they need to find a way to get the offense going here. Dawson Garcia is averaging 14.6 points while shooting 44.9 percent from the field and 29.8 percent from behind the three point line. 

On the other side of this matchup is Ohio State who sits with a 10-5 record and they have gone 7-8 against the spread. In the last game against Maryland, the defense gave up 80 points and they lost by seven points. Brice Sensabaugh scored 22 points and grabbed seven rebounds. Ohio State is averaging 79.7 points while their defense is giving up 65.9 points per game. The offense is ranked 36th and they need to try to push the pace again here. Brice Sensabaugh is averaging 16.7 points while shooting 52 percent from the field and 43.3 percent from behind the three point line. 

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Ohio State is 4-1 against the spread in their last five games following a straight up loss. The over is 4-0 in the Buckeyes last four home games. The over is 5-1 in Minnesota’s last six games following an against thet spread loss. The over is 4-1 in the Buckeyes last five home games against a team with a road winning percentage of less than .400. 

Ohio State’s defense wasn’t as strong in the last game and they are going to struggle to defend again in this game. Ohio State is averaging 79.7 points per game and they are going to have no issue running up the score here. This game is going to be a shootout, and this game is going to go over the total. 

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