Ohio State Buckeyes vs Northwestern Wildcats Odds
The college hoops wagering menu features a clash between Northwestern and Ohio State on Thursday, with the host Wildcats trying to win and cover the NCAA basketball point spread.
This season, the Wildcats are 13-15 overall and 12-13 ATS ATS, while the Buckeyes are 20-7 and 14-11 ATS against the number. As for the totals, Northwestern boasts a 9-12-1 on the OU, and Ohio State is 10-13-1.
Sportsbooks (including ) had the Wildcats installed as 9.5-point underdogs in this particular matchup earlier in the day. Also, watch for the opening over-under value at TopBet.
Power Rankings / Prediction:
The Odds Shark Power Rankings have the Wildcats at No. 237 and the Buckeyes at No. 25 heading into this contest. Handicapping models at Odds Shark project a 75-62 result in favor of the Buckeyes.
How They Match Up:
Rebounding is always a key handicapping consideration and Buckeyes is ranked No. 121 in NCAA hoops at 35.9 per game. Contrast that with Northwestern’s No. 313 mark in the paint. When it comes to three-point shooting, Northwestern is the No. 51-ranked team in the country at 7.6 per game, while Ohio State rates No. 161 at 6.2 per game.
Defensively, Ohio State features the nation's No. 68-rated defense on the road, allowing 64.7 points per game. Northwestern, meanwhile, comes in at No. 309 nationally in scoring at home.
In their last action, Ohio State was a 68-60 winner at home against Michigan State. They covered the 3-point spread as favorites. Ohio State got 21 points from Aaron Craft en route to a 68-60 victory over Michigan State on Sunday at Value City Arena.
Last time out for Northwestern, they were a 74-43 loser as they battled Purdue on the road. They failed to cover in the match as a 6.5-point underdog. The Wildcats were hammered by Purdue on Sunday, losing by a 74-43 final at Mackey Arena in college basketball betting action.
Ohio State Buckeyes Trends:
When playing on Thursday are 6-4
Before playing Indiana are 6-4
After playing Michigan State are 8-2
After a win are 6-4
Northwestern Wildcats Trends:
When playing on Thursday are 5-5
Before playing Penn State are 5-5
After playing Purdue are 2-8
After a loss are 4-6
A few Buckeyes at Wildcats trends to consider:
Ohio State is 10-1 SU in its last 11 games when playing on the road against Northwestern
The total has gone UNDER in 5 of Ohio State's last 7 games when playing on the road against Northwestern
Ohio State is 1-5 ATS in its last 6 games when playing on the road against Northwestern
The total has gone UNDER in 5 of Northwestern's last 6 games at home
The total has gone UNDER in 9 of Northwestern's last 12 games
The total has gone UNDER in 5 of Northwestern's last 7 games when playing at home against Ohio State
The total has gone UNDER in 10 of Northwestern's last 15 games when playing Ohio State
Ohio State at Indiana, Tuesday, March 5
Northwestern home to Penn State, Thursday, March 7