There is a tremendous mismatch in NCAA basketball this afternoon, as the No. 3 team in the country, the Ohio State Buckeyes look to make short work of the Indiana Hoosiers.
Hoosier's in Hot Water
It's really just a
sad state of affairs right now in Bloomington. The once proud Indiana Hoosiers, who
were NCAA Tournament bound every single season, just still haven't quite picked
up the pieces from the post-Bob Knight era at this point. Head Coach Tom Crean
is doing everything in his power, but when push really comes to shove, there
just aren't any games that this team can win in conference on a regular basis.
Since a 60-57 win
over the Minnesota Golden Gophers, IU has been knocked off in five straight
college basketball games, including one as modest favorites against
the lowly Iowa Hawkeyes. The team hasn't scored more than 69 points in any of
these games, which is really terrible news for a squad that is seemingly
allowing 70+ every single night.
All of the
pressure on a regular basis seems to fall on the shoulders of Christian
Watford. Sure, Watford is a great ballplayer, averaging 16.6 PPG and 5.6 RPG,
but he really can't do everything that the team needs him to do to win games.
No Match For Buff Buckeyes
The Ohio State Buckeyes
realize that they really don't have any margin for slipping right now, as they
have lost their two biggest Big Ten games of the year at the Purdue
Boilermakers and Wisconsin Badgers, and they might need to win out, including
in the Big Ten Tournament, to stake a claim to a No. 1 seed in March Madness
There are really
only seven men in this rotation, and there are times that neither Deshaun
Thomas nor Aaron Craft are really called upon all that much in games, but these
first four scorers at the disposal of Head Coach Thad Matta are fantastic.
Jared Sullinger is
one of the best players in the entire country this year, and he'll be looking
forward to restoring his double-double averages this year. Right now, he's at
17.8 PPG and 9.9 RPG. William Buford is putting up 14.1 PPG, while David Lighty
(12.5 PPG) and Jon Diebler (11.2 PPG) are both double digit point scorers as
OSU Dominance to Continue on College
Basketball Odds on Sunday
Since the end of the
2007-08 season, the last time that the Hoosiers were truly relevant, the Ohio St. Buckeyes have just rolled in this series. They are 5-0 SU and ATS in this
stretch, winning all of these games by at least 12 points. The average margin
of victory has been 19.2 PPG.
We know that the road
team is 8-2 ATS in the last 10 in this series, but we also know that IU is A)
overmatched and B) just 7-15 ATS in its last 22 games played on the road. It's
just not a good formula for the visitors in this one, as the Buckeyes should
storm to another very impressive 'W' without really breaking much of a sweat.
The Buckeyes are favored by 17.5 points at the moment on the NCAA Basketball odds boards, but be sure to keep an eye out for any changes at the sportsbooks that might sway thing in your favor.