Value in Marquette vs. Ohio State NCAA Basketball Pick

Jeff Grant

Tuesday, November 18, 2014 4:59 PM GMT

Ohio State has enjoyed the most dominant home-court advantage in college basketball in recent years, which makes it the clear choice as a NCAAB pick against Marquette Tuesday.

Light On Experience
Marquette provided first-year head coach Steve Wojciechowski a 79-63 victory over UT Martin as 18.5-point home favorites in his debut, but the team steps up in class in a major way in this spot without its top four scorers from a year ago.

The Golden Eagles will have to overcome losing 71.9 percent of their scoring and 58.6 percent of their rebounding, which is important to consider when making your college basketball picks, while their returnees combining for just 28 3-pointers.

Over the last two-plus seasons, the program is 1-2 SUATS as road underdogs of 9.5 to 12 points, with the UNDER cashing in two of those three opportunities.

 

Winning at Home
Ohio State paces the nation with a 89-8 SU record at home since the start of the 2009-10 season, which can’t be ignored when looking over the college basketball odds, as it sits above the Syracuse Orange and Kansas Jayhawks in that category.

The Buckeyes will need to take care of business at Value City Arena throughout the year, as they tried to exceed expectations of landing in the No. 3 spot in the Big Ten Conference Preseason Poll. It’s important to point out that the squad is 5-0 SU and 3-2 ATS as home favorites of 9.5 to 12 points in its last five chances.

 

Important Transfer
The Golden Eagles will need a major performance out of senior transfer Matt Carlino, who is the lone player on the roster who has averaged double figures in points for a season at the collegiate level.

Carlino spent his first three seasons at BYU and scored 13.7 points per contest during the 2013-14 campaign.  In his final year of eligibility, the Phoenix, AZ, native is hoping to improve upon his 12.5 career scoring average.

 

Fast Starts
Under longtime head coach Thad Matta, the Buckeyes have put together a 50-6 SU record in the month of November, while they’ve proven victorious in 227 of 256 games versus unranked foes.

Ohio State has at least 10 wins during non-conference play in each of his 10 seasons in Columbus—leading directly to a 134-24 overall mark in that role.

Looking for more? Here are the NCAA Basketball picks for today.

Prediction
I’m going to recommend that readers back the Buckeyes as one of their top betting picks, as they’ve gone 7-2 ATS in their last nine games versus Big East Conference opponents.

Free NCAA Basketball Pick: Ohio State Buckeyes -12 at 5Dimes