Both Minnesota and Ohio State will look to get up and down the floor offensively, which provides betting value to the ‘Over’ at Williams Arena Tuesday night.
Ohio State prepares to play just its second true road game of the 2014-15 campaign, which is important to consider when looking over the NCAA Basketball odds, as it dropped a 64-55 decision to the Louisville Cardinals as nine-point underdogs Dec. 2.
The Buckeyes will have a capable game plan put together by longtime head coach Thad Matta, who has compiled an 11-6 SU record in this rivalry series, including a 3-5 mark at this venue.
It may benefit Matta’s roster in being listed among the AP Top 25, as the school has proven victorious in 27 of 31 meetings as a ranked squad.
Over the last two-plus seasons, the program is 3-8 SU and 6-4-1 ATS as underdogs.
Minnesota opened up its Big Ten Conference schedule with a pair of road losses, which can’t be ignored when making your NCAA Basketball picks, as it returns home after suffering a 70-58 setback to the Maryland Terrapins as four-point underdogs.
The Golden Gophers deserve to be slight favorites in the betting market, as they finished their non-conference schedule with an unblemished home record for the fourth straight season.
Sports bettors will find that the team is 0-2 SUATS when laying three or fewer points at this facility since the start of the 2012-13 campaign, with no clear edge in terms of the betting total (1-1 Over/Under).
The Buckeyes need a massive game from senior Shannon Scott and freshman D’Angelo Russell, as the duo leads the country in combined assists per game with an average of 12.5.
Scott will have to do a great job of taking care of the ball against one of the Big Ten’s most aggressive defensive units—one that causes opponents to turn it over on 27.3 percent of its offensive possessions.
The Golden Gophers occupy the No. 45 spot in terms of offensive efficiency, which isn’t surprising when you see six players averaging 9.4 points or more per game.
Minnesota will get back in the win column if guard Andre Collins is able to connect from beyond the arc, as he’s currently shooting 43.4 percent from that area of the floor, while Ohio State allowed the Cardinals to knock down 10 of 29 3-point attempts last month
I’m going to recommend that readers play the total as one of their top basketball picks, as the Golden Gophers have gone OVER the total in their three opportunities at home this season.
Free NCAA Basketball Pick: Over 146 at Bookmaker