Minnesota Golden Gophers (5-1) vs Ohio State Buckeyes. (6-1)Date : 12/02/2018
Time : 7:00 pm EST
Location : Schottenstein Center, Columbus, Ohio
Pick, Prediction, & Preview:
Minnesota Golden Gophers vs Ohio State Buckeyes.
The Minnesota Golden Gophers will travel to the Schottenstein Center in Columbus, Ohio, to battle the 16th ranked Ohio State Buckeyes on Sunday night at 7 p.m. Eastern Standard Time. The Golden Gophers lost their first game of the season as they ran into a resilient Boston College team on the road in their last outing as they suffered the 68 – 56 loss as the Eagles pulled away in the second half while outscoring the Golden Gophers 35-24 en route to the home victory.
As for the Ohio State Buckeyes, they also lost their first game of the season as well to the Syracuse Orange at home as the Buckeyes shot horribly from the field all night while allowing Tyus battle to score 20 points for the the Orange in a 72 – 62 loss.
Minnesota Golden Gophers's Latest Performance :
Minnesota is averaging 77 points per game on 43% shooting for the season. In their last outing versus Boston College, however, the Golden Gophers stunk it up in this area as they shot only 29% for the night while connecting on only 5 of 33 three point attempts on the night. In other words, a solid defense for Boston College neutralized an already struggling offense for Minnesota throughout the game while being led by Jordan Murphy with 16 points on the night while Amir Coffey along with Gabe Kalscheur also chipped in 12 points each in the loss.
The defense, on the other hand, certainly played well in guarding the 3-point shot as the Eagles only went 5 for 22 on the night from long range, but, struggled in guarding them from the perimeter, as a whole, as Boston College shot 47% from the floor led by Nic Popovich who went 9 for 9 on the night while ending with 18 points to lead the home team in the victory. Nonetheless, Minnesota will certainly need to become more aggressive on the offensive end in this matchup versus Ohio State. The problem is that Ohio state will be coming off of a loss versus Syracuse and will certainly be looking to step up their defensive intensity throughout this matchup.
Ohio State Buckeyes.'s Latest Performance :
As stated, the Buckeyes shot only 32% on the night versus a solid Syracuse Orange defense that only allowed the home team to nail only six of 22 attempts from 3-point range as well. CJ Jackson went 4-14 from the floor on the night while leading Ohio State in scoring with 18 points while Kaleb Wesson struggled as well in going one for 8 for the night while ending with 13 points in the defeat.
On the other hand, the defense for the Buckeyes allowed Syracuse to shoot outstanding from the floor at 49% for the night while the Orange also nailed 11 3-pointers. As stated, Battle kept the Orange in the game as he put up 20 points on the night while Syracuse also had 28 assists compared to only 17 for Ohio State. Also, not only did Ohio State suffer its least offensive output of the season in scoring only 62 points in the lost, their defense gave up the most points in 2018 by allowing 72 to a Syracuse as well. They will now look to right the ship versus a Minnesota team that is not only coming off of a loss themselves, but, have also struggled on the offensive end all season.
How Minnesota Golden Gophers & Ohio State Buckeyes. Matchup.
Vegas Odds, Offshore Odds, & Odds ATS:
Minnesota is 3 – 3 ATS while the OU is 3 – 3
Ohio State is 4 – 3 ATS while the OU is 3 – 4
In-Depth Analysis of each team:
In all, this will certainly be a pivotal game for both teams as they both will need stellar performances in which to atone for losses in their last outings. It is for this reason that I expect a fast-paced game for both teams as Ohio State will be looking to kick start their offense early and often while allowing their defense to bring the pressure onto a Minnesota team that has struggled mightily in 2018. On the other hand, Minnesota will also be looking to push the pace while seeking easy opportunities in transition in which to keep this game competitive.
Against The Spread Selection: Pick: Ohio State Buckeyes
My reason for the pick :
While I happen to believe that the Golden Gophers will certainly bring their A-game in this all-important, conference matchup, I also happened to believe that Ohio state will certainly be looking to put behind their last loss while picking up a victory over a quality opponent in Minnesota. Combine this with the fact that the Buckeyes, despite losing their last home game, have played outstanding basketball at home all season, one will expect that they will pull away from the Golden Gophers at some point due to their ability to rely on their defense in which to create offensive opportunities in transition.
Totals Selection: Pick: Under
My reason for the prediction :
The under has been the play in three of the last five games for the Ohio State Buckeyes while also being the result in three of the last four games for the Minnesota Golden Gophers. With that being the case, I will back the under as you have two offenses that will be going up against better-than-average defenses. It is for this reason that I expect both offenses to struggle early on while heating up as the game progresses. Nonetheless, the total will remain below what is expected in what will be a very exciting and competitive contest amongst these two Big Ten teams.
Betting trends for Minnesota Golden Gophers:
- The Golden Gophers are 1-3 ATS in last 4 games
- Under is 3-1 in Golden Gophers last four games
Betting trends for Ohio State Buckeyes.:
- The Buckeyes are 1-3 ATS the last four games
- The Buckeyes a 1-3 ATS unless home games