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College Basketball Matchup - Minnesota Golden Gophers Ohio State Buckeyes Odds Preview

Ohio State BuckeyesMinnesota Golden Gophers
15-2January 16, 2014, 09:00 | Williams Arena13-4

Minnesota looks to cover the Golden Gophers-Buckeyes pointspread on Thursday and improve its overall 13-4 mark when they host Ohio State in college basketball wagering action.

The Golden Gophers bring a 13-4 record (5-8-1 ATS) to this tilt against the 15-2 Buckeyes, who are 9-7 ATS. OVER/UNDER bettors have witnessed Minnesota go 5-8 so far and the Buckeyes go 7-9.

View Ohio State Buckeyes vs Minnesota Golden Gophers Odds and Stats.

If you were backing the visitors in this one, the Buckeyes were listed as -3-point favorites earlier in the day at Bovada.

The power rankings show a disparity between these teams, with the Golden Gophers rated this week at No. 51 and the Buckeyes sitting at No. 9.

Ohio State was an 84-74 loser in their most recent outing at home against Iowa. They failed to cover the 6.5-point spread as favorites. The Buckeyes endured an 84-74 loss at the hands of the Hawkeyes on Sunday, despite a 22-point effort from LaQuinton Ross at Value City Arena.

In their last action, Minnesota was an 87-75 loser on the road against Michigan State. They failed to cover the 11-point spread as underdogs. Minnesota suffered an 87-75 loss against Michigan State on Saturday, getting 24 points from Andre Hollins in a losing effort at Breslin Center.

How They Match Up:
The game also pits Minnesota's No. 80-ranked offense, averaging 75.94 PPG, against a Buckeyes defense that ranks No. 6 at 57.65 PPG. The Golden Gophers field goal percentage has averaged 43.28% so far, less than the Buckeyes marksmen have achieved on the year, 46.84% per game.

Next up:
Ohio State at Nebraska, Monday, January 20th
Minnesota at Iowa, Sunday, January 19th