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Buckeyes vs Gophers in Big Ten Betting

The Ohio State Buckeyes will look to improve on their 8-4 ATS run against Big Ten teams when face the Golden Gophers in Minnesota at Williams Arena on Tuesday in college basketball wagering action.

The Buckeyes opened as 8-point favorites and they try to climb the rankings from No. 6 in this week's AP poll. The Gophers face the nation's 7th-ranked defense, a fact that makes the opening total of 130.5 an interesting play for over under bettors.

Both teams come off losses as OSU lost to Michigan State in a poor-shooting exhibition while the Gophers lost to Wisconsin.

View Ohio State vs Minnesota Odds and Stats.

Betting Line:
Sportsbooks had the Golden Gophers installed as 8-point underdogs in this particular matchup, with the line moving at Bovada early today. The total was 130.5, a tempting UNDER play at TopBet.

Power Rankings / Prediction:
The Power Rankings at Odds Shark show No. 2-rated Ohio State taking on the No. 97-rated Golden Gophers in this contest. The scores prediction computer here indicates a possible 85-72 win for the Buckeyes on Tuesday.

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How They Match Up:
Offensively, the game matches up Minnesota's No. 162 nationally ranked offense (68.9 points per game) against a Buckeyes defense that sits as the No. 7 at 56.7 PPG. The Golden Gophers have been averaging 47.3% from the field, less than the Buckeyes have managed so far this season (48.2% on average).

Comparing how these foes stack up statistically, Ohio State owns the country's No. 37-rated mark, allowing 63 points per game on the highway. Minnesota, on the other hand, rates No. 216 in scoring at home.

Last time out for Ohio State, they were a 58-48 loser as they battled Michigan State at home. They failed to cover in the match as an 8.5-point favorite. The Buckeyes endured a 58-48 loss at the hands of the Spartans on Saturday, despite a 17-point effort from Jared Sullinger at Value City Arena.

In their last action, Minnesota was a 68-61 loser at home against Wisconsin. They failed to cover the 1.5-point spread as underdogs. Minnesota suffered a 68-61 loss against Wisconsin on Thursday, getting 20 points from Andre Hollins in a losing effort at Williams Arena.

Ohio State Buckeyes Trends:
When playing on Tuesday are 7-3
Before playing Michigan are 8-2
After playing Michigan State are 6-4
After a loss are 9-1

Minnesota Golden Gophers Trends:
When playing on Tuesday are 4-6
Before playing Northwestern are 3-7
After playing Wisconsin are 3-7
After a loss are 4-6

 

A few Buckeyes at Golden Gophers trends to consider:
Ohio State is 18-5 SU in its last 23 games on the road
The total has gone OVER in 12 of Ohio State's last 16 games on the road
Ohio State is 2-4 SU in its last 6 games when playing on the road against Minnesota
Minnesota is 13-4 SU in its last 17 games at home
Minnesota is 17-8 SU in its last 25 games
The total has gone OVER in 6 of Minnesota's last 9 games
Minnesota is 4-2 SU in its last 6 games when playing at home against Ohio State

Next up:
Ohio State at Michigan, Saturday, February 18
Minnesota at Northwestern, Saturday, February 18

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