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Ohio State vs Nebraska Pick & Preview: Wednesday, January 18th Betting Odds

Buckeyes vs Cornhuskers Matchup at a Glance

  • Sport: NCAAB
  • Teams: Ohio State Buckeyes at Nebraska Cornhuskers
  • Where: Lincoln at Pinnacle Bank Arena
  • Date: Wednesday, January 18th
  • Betting Odds: Ohio State -5.5, OHIOST -243 | NEBR +194 O/U 137.5

Buckeyes Preview:

Coming into today’s matchup, the Ohio State Buckeyes are in the middle of a 4 game losing streak and have an overall record of 10-7. On the road, the Buckeyes will be playing their 6th game of the season, having gone 2-4. So far, the Buckeyes have been favored 11 times, going 9-2 straight up. In today’s matchup, the oddsmakers have Ohio State as -5.5 point favorites.

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Ohio State will be counting on another strong performance from the team’s leading scorer Brice Sensabaugh who is averaging 16.94 points per game for the Buckeyes. Sensabaugh is also important to the team’s ability to score on the perimeter. So far, he leads the team in 3-point shots made. Also key to the Buckeyes’ offensive game plan is the play of Justice Sueing who has hit 45.3% of his field goal attempts on his way to averaging 13.65 points per game.

On offense, Ohio State comes into the game looking to control the pace of play, as they are just 643rd in possessions per game. Even with their preference to slow the game down, the Buckeyes’ are scoring at a rate similar to the NCAA average at 73.8 points per game. So far, 39.7% of their shots have come from beyond the arc, where they have connected at a rate of 37.3%.

Cornhuskers Preview:

Coming into today’s matchup, the Nebraska Cornhuskers are in the middle of a 2 game losing streak and have an overall record of 9-9. Currently, the Cornhuskers have been the home team 9 times, sitting with a record of 7-2. So far, the Cornhuskers have been the underdog 11 times, going 2-9 straight up. Heading into today’s contest, they are the +5.5 underdogs on the spread.

Nebraska’s leading scorer this season is Derrick Walker, who is averaging 14.08 points per contest. So far, Walker has accounted for 15.34% of the team’s scoring. In addition, he is contributing 7.69 rebounds per game and 3.15 assists. Sam Griesel is the second leading scorer for the Cornhuskers, averaging 11.12 points per game. Between him and Griesel, they are accounting for 30.3% of the team’s scoring.

On offense, Nebraska is scoring a rate similar to the NCAA average at 73.3 points per game. This figure has come despite struggling to knock down shots from outside. Through 18 games, they have only hit 32.0% of their 3-point field goal attempts. For the season, 37.37% of their shots have come from beyond the arc.

Free Spread Prediction: Ohio State Buckeyes -5.5

According to our key indicators, the best bet for today’s matchup between the Nebraska Cornhuskers and Ohio State Buckeyes is to get money down on the Ohio State to win an cover as -5.5 point favorites. Even though the team has not been great vs the spread as the road team, we see them putting together a strong game from behind the arc, as they are one of the NCAA’s best 3-point shooting units at 8.1 made 3’s per game. When it comes time to getting your bets down, we like the Ohio State Buckeyes at -5.5.

 


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