College baskeball point spread favors Buckeyes in battle with Cougars
Chicago State Cougars vs Ohio State Buckeyes Odds
Many eyes in the college basketball world will be on Value City Arena Saturday as host Ohio State looks to handle the Chicago State Cougars in NCAA hoops action.
The Buckeyes sit at 9-2 (5-4 ATS) on the season. By comparison, the Cougars are currently 3-11 (1-0 ATS). Looking to wager on the totals? Ohio State is 5-2-1 OU, and Chicago State is 1-0 OU.
The Cougars were listed as 36-point underdogs at many online sportsbooks, including Sportsbook.ag.
Power Rankings / Prediction:
The Buckeyes sit at No. 13 in the current college hoops power poll here at Odds Shark, while the Cougars sit at No. 282 on the same chart. The computers running our scores simulations have concluded that the Buckeyes will win this game 87-60.
How They Match Up:
Rebounding is always a key handicapping consideration and Cougars is ranked No. 204 in NCAA hoops at 34.5 per game. Contrast that with Ohio State’s No. 67 mark in the paint. When it comes to three-point shooting, Ohio State is the No. 55-ranked team in the country at 7.7 per game, while Chicago State rates No. 80 at 7.2 per game.
Comparing how these foes stack up statistically, Chicago State owns the country's No. 293-rated mark, allowing 78 points per game on the highway. Ohio State, on the other hand, rates No. 62 in scoring at home.
Chicago State was a 79-57 loser in its last match on the road against Houston. Chicago State was run off the court by the Cougars on Saturday as Houston routed them 79-57 at Hofheinz Pavilion.
Ohio State was a 74-66 loser in its last match at home against Kansas. They failed to cover the 5-point spread as favorites. Ohio State got 16 points from Deshaun Thomas but lost anyway, 74-66, to Kansas on Saturday at Value City Arena.
Ohio State Buckeyes Trends:
When playing on Saturday are 8-2
Before playing Nebraska are 1-1
After playing Kansas are 3-1
After a loss are 10-0
A few Cougars at Buckeyes trends to consider:
Ohio State is 12-1 SU in its last 13 games at home
Ohio State is 5-1 SU in its last 6 games
Chicago State at Toledo, Monday, December 31
Ohio State home to Nebraska, Wednesday, January 2