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Northwestern WildcatsOhio State Buckeyes
Dec 28, 5:30 PM | Value City Arena

Northwestern Wildcats vs Ohio State Buckeyes Odds

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Value City Arena features an NCAAB clash between the host Ohio State Buckeyes and the visiting Northwestern Wildcats in college hoops action on Wednesday.

Ohio State battles the Wildcats, currently sitting with a 10-2 mark (3-4 ATS). The OVER/UNDER records, always important for totals bettors, are 5-4 for the Buckeyes and 6-1 for the Wildcats.

View Northwestern vs Ohio State Odds and Stats.

Betting Line:
Sportsbooks had set the Buckeyes as 16.5-point favorites on the opening line for this contest.

Power Rankings / Prediction:
The Power Rankings at Odds Shark show No. 164-rated Northwestern taking on the No. 32-rated Buckeyes in this contest. The scores prediction computer here indicates a possible 92-77 win for the Buckeyes on Wednesday.

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How They Match Up:
Rating these schools in several key categories is important for handicappers and Ohio State has the nation's No. 31-rated offensive output, at 78.6 PPG. The visiting Wildcats defense ranks No. 146 allowing on average 65.3 PPG. The Buckeyes FG% has averaged 49.3% so far, more than the Wildcats marksmen have achieved on the year, 45.9% per game.

Defensively, Northwestern features the nation's No. 165-rated defense on the road, allowing 70.7 points per game. Ohio State, meanwhile, comes in at No. 65 nationally in scoring at home.

In their last action, Northwestern was an 87-79 loser on the road against Creighton. They failed to cover the 7.5–point spread as underdogs. Drew Crawford chucked in a team-high 34 points for Northwestern on Thursday, but they still came up short in losing 87-79 at Qwest Center.

Ohio State was a 69-40 winner in their most recent outing at home against Miami (Ohio). They covered the 24–point spread as favorites. Ohio State cruised to victory on Thursday, running Miami (Ohio) out of the gym and running up a 69-40 score at Value City Arena.

Northwestern Wildcats Trends:
When playing on Wednesday are 5-5
Before playing Penn State are 8-2
After playing Creighton are 1-0
After a loss are 6-4

Ohio State Buckeyes Trends:
When playing on Wednesday are 6-4
Before playing Indiana are 8-2
After playing Miami (Ohio) are 1-0
After a win are 9-1

A few Wildcats at Buckeyes trends to consider:
The total has gone UNDER in 5 of Northwestern's last 6 games when playing on the road against Ohio State
The total has gone OVER in 4 of Northwestern's last 5 games on the road
Northwestern is 5-11 SU in its last 16 games on the road
Northwestern is 0-5 SU in its last 5 games when playing on the road against Ohio State
Ohio State is 5-0 SU in its last 5 games at home
Ohio State is 5-0 SU in its last 5 games when playing at home against Northwestern
Ohio State is 21-1 SU in its last 22 games when playing Northwestern
Ohio State is 12-1 SU in its last 13 games

Next up:
Northwestern home to Penn State, Sunday, January 1
Ohio State at Indiana, Saturday, December 31

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