NCAA Basketball Picks: Indiana vs. Ohio State

Steven Suarez

Sunday, February 10, 2013 1:08 PM UTC

Sunday, Feb. 10, 2013 1:08 PM UTC

How will Cody Zeller and the Hoosiers respond after a wild loss to Illinois the other night? The road gets no tougher with a trip to play the Buckeyes.

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Odds Overview

It's a straight toss-up in terms of the college basketball odds, as the line is currently at a PK. The total has opened at 139.5, but there's still plenty of time for that number to move – as such, be sure to keep tracking SBRodds for the updated odds.

On the season, the Buckeyes have been very profitable at 12-7-1 ATS, while the Hoosiers are barely above .500 in that respect at 11-10 ATS.

Indiana Hoosiers

The number one ranking has been a curse so far this season, and no one knows that better than the Hoosiers. They've let the top spot go twice now, the latest after an insane 74-72 loss to Illinois on Thursday.

Up by 12 at halftime and leading by 14 with close to 13 minutes left, it looked as if Indiana would be able to cruise to the win. However, the Fighting Illini never let up and D.J. Richardson hit some huge shots down the stretch to tie up the game.

Then, with 0.9 seconds remaining, a perfect inbounds play saw Tyler Griffey release unguarded to the basket, giving Illinois the shocking win. Mayhem ensued, and the Hoosiers were left wondering what in the world just happened.

It was about one of the worst ways to lose a game, but Indiana has to respond the right way if they're to avoid getting overwhelmed by Ohio State this weekend. The Hoosiers are just 2-6 ATS in their last eight games overall and have been dominated by the Buckeyes in the head-to-head series over the years.

Just how bad has it been? Indiana has won just one time over the last eight meetings, with Ohio State going 7-1 ATS in those matchups. The Hoosiers have also failed to cash in any of their previous four trips to Columbus.

Ohio State Buckeyes

The Buckeyes know what it's like to look close games, as they're coming off their own gut-wrenching defeat: a 76-74 overtime loss on the road versus Michigan.

In one of the more entertaining games you'll see this season, Ohio State held their nerve throughout and didn't look intimidated by the wild crowd whatsoever. In total, the Buckeyes shot 51.7 percent from the floor and 43.8 percent from three.

Deshaun Thomas came up big with 17 points, four rebounds and four assists, while Aaron Craft had 17 points (5-of-12 shooting), seven boards and three steals, while also playing exceptional defense throughout. However, Tim Hardaway Jr. was unstoppable, hitting six threes and scoring 17 of his 23 points in the second half – the Buckeyes had no answer.

Despite failing to notch the straight up W, Ohio State still came through for their backers and they've now gone 5-2-1 ATS over their previous eight games overall. 

Home games have also gone well for the Buckeyes, as they've cashed ATS in four of their last five on their own court.


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College Basketball Pick

These schools split the two meetings last season, with each winning (both SU and ATS) at home. The Hoosiers won 74-70 at Assembly Hall but then got crushed 80-63 inside Value City Arena.

We feel the home-court advantage will again be the difference here. Already in Big Ten action this season we've seen plenty of “lower-ranked” teams take care of business in their own buildings.

So, even though the Hoosiers have one of the more explosive offenses in the nation, we like the experience that the Buckeyes bring to the table. Look for Aaron Craft, Deshaun Thomas and Lenzelle Smith, Jr. to all hold their nerve in a game that's sure to come down to the wire.

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