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Saint Francis U vs Ohio State Pick & Preview: Saturday, December 3rd Betting Odds
Red Flash vs Buckeyes Matchup at a Glance
- Sport: NCAAB
- Teams: Saint Francis U Red Flash at Ohio State Buckeyes
- Where: Columbus at Value City Arena
- Date: Saturday, December 3rd
- Betting Odds: Saint Francis U +26.5, STFPA +5000 | OHIOST -76924 O/U 144.5
Red Flash Preview:
Saint Francis U heads into this matchup having played 8 games and have an overall record sitting at 2-6. On the road, the Red Flash will be playing their 3rd game of the season, having gone 0-3. So far, the Red Flash have been the underdog 4 times, going 0-4 straight up. Heading into today’s contest, they are the +26.5 underdogs on the spread.
Josh Cohen comes into today’s game as the Red Flash’s leading scorer at 20.38 points per contest. Not only has Cohen been key to the team’s scoring efforts, but he is Saint Francis U’s top rebounder at 6.75 boards per contest. Behind Cohen, the team has benefited from the strong play of Maxwell Land who is second on the team in scoring at 13.0 points per game. Overall, he has hit 39.0% of his shots and is adding 6.12 boards per game.
Offensive production has been hard to come by for Saint Francis U this season, as they are currently ranked 281st in college basketball at 68.6 points per game. A major reason for low scoring totals is the fact that that have played at a below average pace, and have struggled to knock down outside shots. As a team, the Red Flash’s 3-point shooting percentage sits at just 31.5%, placing them 390th in the NCAA.
Ohio State heads into this matchup having played 7 games and have an overall record sitting at 5-2. Currently, the Buckeyes have been the home team 4 times, sitting with a record of 4-0. The Buckeyes’ are sitting with a betting line that is -26.5 points in their favor. For the season, Ohio State has been favored to win in 4 games, sitting with a mark of 4-0.
Ohio State’s leading scorer this season is Justice Sueing who is averaging 14.14 points per contest. So far, Sueing has accounted for 18.07% of the team’s scoring. In addition, he is contributing 4.86 rebounds per game and 1.71 assists. Brice Sensabaugh is the second leading scorer for the Buckeyes, averaging 14.14 points per game. Between him and Sensabaugh, they are accounting for 36.1% of the team’s scoring.
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%.
Free Spread Prediction: Saint Francis U Red Flash +26.5
When looking at the betting lines for this showdown between the Ohio State Buckeyes and Saint Francis U Red Flash, our analysis likes the value of taking Saint Francis U to put up a fight as the 26.5 point underdogs. Pace of play should be a big factor in this matchup, as both sides prefer to grind the clock and make their opponents defend. With this game likely featuring a limited number of possessions, there will be less opportunity for Ohio State to pull away and cover the spread as -26.5 point favorites. Despite Saint Francis U sitting at just 1-4 ATS in their last 5 games as the underdog, for today’s game, we will be locking in the Red Flash at +26.5.
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