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College basketball point spread favors Buckeyes in battle with Golden Gophers

Minnesota Golden GophersOhio State Buckeyes
17-10February 22, 2014, 06:00 | Value City Arena21-6

College hoops betting interest focuses on the Ohio State vs Minnesota battle Saturday at Value City Arena as the Buckeyes look to defend home court and cover the NCAA basketball point spread.

This season, the Buckeyes are 21-6 overall and 14-12 ATS, while the Golden Gophers are 17-10 and 10-12-2 ATS. As for the totals, Ohio State boasts a 11-15 on the OU, and Minnesota is 9-14.

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

The Golden Gophers were listed as 8.5-point underdogs at many online sportsbooks, including Sportsbook.ag.

It's a betting matchup between the No. 119-rated Buckeyes and the No. 178-ranked Golden Gophers, according to the latest pro hoops power rankings here at Odds Shark.

Last time out for Minnesota, they were a 62-49 loser as they battled Illinois at home. They failed to cover in the match as a 7.5-point favorite. Minnesota suffered a 62-49 loss against Illinois on Wednesday, getting 15 points from Andre Hollins in a losing effort at Williams Arena.

Ohio State won its last outing, a 76-60 result against Northwestern on February 19. They covered in that game as a 14-point favorite. Ohio State got 16 points from LaQuinton Ross en route to a 76-60 victory over Northwestern on Wednesday at Value City Arena.

How They Match Up:
In the paint, the rebound battle will feature Ohio State's No. 181-rated squad against Minnesota's No. 118-rated roster. And in long-range shooting, Ohio State rates No. 110 in the country with 6.41 per game, while their foes tonight rank No. 71 nationally with 7.04 per match.

A few Golden Gophers at Buckeyes trends to consider:
Minnesota is 2-5 SU in its last 7 games
The total has gone UNDER in 4 of Minnesota's last 6 games
Minnesota is 5-12-1 ATS in its last 18 games on the road
Minnesota is 1-5 SU in its last 6 games on the road
Ohio State is 5-1 ATS in its last 6 games
Ohio State is 5-1 SU in its last 6 games
Ohio State is 2-4 ATS in its last 6 games at home
Ohio State is 21-4 SU in its last 25 games at home

Next up:
Minnesota home to Iowa, Tuesday, February 25th
Ohio State at Penn State, Thursday, February 27th