The Florida Gators (1-0) and Ohio State Buckeyes (1-0) will be meeting in the regular season for a second consecutive year Tuesday night inside the Value City Arena.
Florida Gators at Ohio State Buckeyes
Florida will be seeking major revenge from last year’s 93-75 blowout loss to the Ohio State Buckeyes as 2.5-point home favorites. The Gators allowed the Buckeyes to connect on 39-of-62 shots in that particular contest.
“Even though they beat us handily at our place last year, I still felt coming ouf of that game a lot of things, for us, got exposed that we had to address and get better at. It ultimately ended up being a good game for us,” commented Gators coach Billy Donovan.
The Gators will certainly be up against it in tonight’s venue and are 4-7 all-time in this series, including a 2-2 mark under Donovan. Florida will be looking for its first win in program history versus a top-three opponent in a true road game.
Florida is led by its backcourt of Kenny Boynton and Erving Walker, who were both the team’s top two scorers from a year ago, which ended up giving them the distinction of landing on the second-team All-SEC squad.
Bettors will find that the Gators are 13-7 ATS over the last two-plus seasons on the road, while the ‘over’ is 12-7 in that situation.
Ohio State opened up its season in dominating fashion, tallying a 73-42 win over Wright State as 27-point home favorites, pushing head coach Thad Matta’s record to 8-0 in season openers on campus.
“You could poll our team and they know that we have a lot of work to do,” said Matta after the season opener. “This is a very good barometer for us to kind of figure out where we are on Nov. 15.”
The Buckeyes have simply overwhelmed opponents inside the Value City Arena, especially when posting a perfect 20-0 record a year ago, outscoring opponents by 24.1 points per game on average.
Sophomore Jared Sullinger is certainly glad that he came back to Columbus for his sophomore year, as the NBA lockout has gotten ugly, leading the Buckeyes with 19 points against Wright State. He joins senior William Buford as the two main options offensively.
Ohio State has won its last 23 home games and it currently serves as the school’s fourth-longest streak in Columbus. During Matta’s time on campus, the team has registered three home winning streaks of 17 games or more.
Over the last two-plus seasons, the Buckeyes are 20-16 ATS at home, while the ‘under’ is 19-14 in those contests.
Recommendation: Florida Gators +10.5
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