Ohio State favored by 23.5 against UNC Asheville on Saturday
UNC Asheville Bulldogs vs Ohio State Buckeyes Odds
Value City Arena features an NCAA basketball betting clash between the host Ohio State Buckeyes and the visiting UNC Asheville Bulldogs in college hoops action on Saturday.
This season, the Buckeyes are 7-1 overall and 5-1 ATS ATS, while the Bulldogs are 3-6 and 1-2 ATS against the number. As for the totals, Ohio State boasts a 4-1 on the OU, and UNC Asheville is 1-1.
If you were backing the visitors in this one, the Bulldogs were listed as 23.5-point underdogs earlier in the day at Bovada.
Power Rankings / Prediction:
The Buckeyes sit at No. 18 in the current college hoops power poll here at Odds Shark, while the Bulldogs sit at No. 178 on the same chart. The computers running our scores simulations have concluded that the Buckeyes will win this game 92-70.
How They Match Up:
Scoring and defensive stats point to some edges in this matchup. The game features Ohio State's No. 30-ranked scoring average of 78.9 PPG, against a Bulldogs defense rated No. 234 and allowing 68.7 PPG. The Buckeyes FG% has averaged 46.3% to date this season, more than the Bulldogs shooters have managed so far (44.7% per game).
Defensively, UNC Asheville features the nation's No. 263-rated defense on the road, allowing 75.6 points per game. Ohio State, meanwhile, comes in at No. 43 nationally in scoring at home.
Last time out for UNC Asheville, they were a 66-55 winner as they battled Lenoir-Rhyne at home. The Bulldogs grabbed a 66-55 win over the Bears on Wednesday, behind a 21-point effort from Keith Hornsby at Kimmel Arena.
Ohio State was an 85-45 winner in their most recent outing at home against Savannah State. They covered the 21.5-point spread as favorites. The battle between the Buckeyes and Tigers didn’t turn out to be much of a battle at all as Savannah State was handed an 85-45 defeat on Wednesday at Value City Arena.
Ohio State Buckeyes Trends:
When playing on Saturday are 8-2
After a win are 8-2
A few Bulldogs at Buckeyes trends to consider:
Ohio State is 5-0 SU in its last 5 games at home
Ohio State is 7-1 SU in its last 8 games
UNC Asheville at Northeastern, Tuesday, December 18
Ohio State home to Winthrop, Tuesday, December 18