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Delaware Blue Hens face Ohio State Buckeyes: NCAA basketball odds preview and stats

Delaware Blue HensOhio State Buckeyes
0-0December 18, 2013, 07:00 | Value City Arena0-0

The Delaware Blue Hens will look to pick up a win while covering the spread when they take on the Buckeyes in Ohio State at Value City Arena on Wednesday in college basketball action.

This season, the Buckeyes are 10-0 overall and 5-4 ATS, while the Blue Hens are 5-5 and 3-1 ATS. As for the totals, Ohio State boasts a 3-6 on the OU, and Delaware is 2-2.

View Delaware Blue Hens vs Ohio State Buckeyes Odds and Stats.

The Buckeyes were listed as -17.5-point favorites at most sportsbooks tracked by Odds Shark earlier in the day. It opened first at BetOnline, where the total was expected shortly.

The Buckeyes sit at No. 6 in the current college hoops power poll here at Odds Shark, while the Blue Hens sit at No. 189 on the same chart.

Delaware was an 85-66 loser in their most recent outing on the road against North Dakota State. They failed to cover the 7-point spread as underdogs. Delaware suffered an 85-66 loss against North Dakota State on Monday, getting 24 points from Devon Saddler in a losing effort at Bison Sports Arena.

Ohio State won its last outing, a 79-62 result against North Dakota State on December 14. They covered in that game as a 15-point favorite. Lenzelle Smith Jr. scored 18 points leading the Buckeyes to a 79-62 victory over North Dakota State at Value City Arena on Saturday.

How They Match Up:
Rating these schools in several key categories is important for handicappers and Ohio State has the nation's No. 95-rated offensive output, at 76.2 PPG. The visiting Blue Hens defense ranks No. 242 allowing on average 78.5 PPG. The Buckeyes FG% has averaged 48.7% so far, more than the Blue Hens marksmen have achieved on the year, 45.39% per game.

Next up:
Delaware home to Bryant, Saturday, December 21st
Ohio State at Notre Dame, Saturday, December 21st