The Indiana Hoosiers (15-2) and Ohio State Buckeyes (15-3) will meet up Sunday afternoon inside the Value City Arena in Columbus, OH.
Indiana Hoosiers at Ohio State Buckeyes
Indiana is coming off a 77-74 defeat to the Minnesota Gophers as 9.5-point home favorites and has gone ‘over’ the total in six consecutive opportunities. “Both teams will be coming in with an edge, both coming off tough losses this past week,” commented Hoosiers guard Matt Roth. “Both teams will make adjustments based on the game two weeks ago.” The Hoosiers captured a thrilling 74-70 win as five-point home underdogs in the first meeting. Indiana is 9-13 ATS on the road the last two-plus seasons.
The Hoosiers are definitely a solid shooting team, hitting 50.1 percent of their shots from the field, including 45.9 percent from beyond the arc. Indiana freshman Cody Zeller is the star of the show, being named Big Ten Freshman of the Week five times, as he leads the team in averaging 14.7 points and 6.5 rebounds per game. Another player to watch is sophomore Will Sheehey, who is scoring 10.8 points per game, which is the highest among Big Ten Conference players that are not starters.
Ohio State returns home after splitting its two-game road trip, picking up an impressive 76-47 win over the Iowa Hawkeyes, but falling 79-74 to the Illinois Fighting Illini on Tuesday night. The Buckeyes need sophomore star Jared Sullinger to start being more active on the defensive side of the ball. “There were times in the Illinois game where I just kind of took a break on the defensive end,” stated Sullinger this week. It was a disappointing effort when you consider he averaged 23.5 points and 10.0 rebounds to be named the Big Ten Player of the Week for games ending on Jan. 9. Ohio State is 5-1 ATS as a home favorite of 12.5 or more points.
The Buckeyes have won six of the last seven overall meetings in this series, including the last three in Columbus. Ohio State does own a 50-34 advantage when hosting Indiana. Offensively, the team ranks second in the conference in scoring offense and defense, while leading all teams in outscoring its opponents by 21.6 points per game.
Bettors will likely back the Buckeyes due to their 4-0 ATS mark on Sundays, while the Hoosiers are 1-10 ATS versus conference foes.
Recommendation: Ohio State Buckeyes -12.5
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