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NCAA Basketball Game Preview - Golden Gophers underdogs vs Buckeyes at Ohio State

Minnesota Golden GophersOhio State Buckeyes
Feb 20, 7:00 PM | Value City Arena

Minnesota Golden Gophers vs Ohio State Buckeyes Odds


Value City Arena will host Ohio State Buckeyes vs. Minnesota Golden Gophers action on Wednesday as both teams try to pay off for bettors in NCAA basketball betting action.

Ohio State will face the 18-8 Golden Gophers, who own a 13-11 ATS mark on the season. In totals betting, the Buckeyes are 10-11-1 favoring the UNDER so far this season while the Golden Gophers are 9-12 favoring the OVER.

View Minnesota vs Ohio State Odds and Stats.

Betting Line:
Bettors looking to side with Ohio State in this one found them as 5.5-point favorites earlier in the day. Watch for line moves and updates at Bovada before gametime.

Power Rankings / Prediction:
It's a betting matchup between the No. 22-rated Buckeyes and the No. 13-ranked Golden Gophers, according to the latest pro hoops power rankings here at Odds Shark. Prediction formulas run on this game indicate a possible 77-74 result in favor of the Buckeyes.

How They Match Up:
The game also pits Ohio State's No. 92-ranked offense, averaging 70.7 PPG, against a Golden Gophers defense that ranks No. 53 at 61.3 PPG. The Buckeyes field goal percentage has averaged 45.6% so far, more than the Golden Gophers marksmen have achieved on the year, 45% per game.

Comparing how these foes stack up statistically, Minnesota owns the country's No. 58-rated mark, allowing 64.1 points per game on the highway. Ohio State, on the other hand, rates No. 84 in scoring at home.

Minnesota was a 72-51 loser in their most recent outing on the road against Iowa. They failed to cover the 1-point spread as favorites. Minnesota was run off the court by the Hawkeyes on Sunday as Iowa routed them 72-51 at Carver-Hawkeye Arena.

Last time out for Ohio State, they were a 71-49 loser as they battled Wisconsin on the road. They failed to cover in the match as a 3-point underdog. The Buckeyes were hammered by Wisconsin on Sunday, losing by a 71-49 final at Kohl Center in college basketball betting action.

Minnesota Golden Gophers Trends:
When playing on Wednesday are 7-3
Before playing Indiana are 3-7
After playing Iowa are 4-6
After a loss are 5-5

Ohio State Buckeyes Trends:
When playing on Wednesday are 7-3
Before playing Michigan State are 6-4
After playing Wisconsin are 7-3
After a loss are 9-1

A few Golden Gophers at Buckeyes trends to consider:
The total has gone UNDER in 4 of Minnesota's last 5 games on the road
Minnesota is 11-3-1 ATS in its last 15 games on the road
Minnesota is 1-5 ATS in its last 6 games when playing on the road against Ohio State
Minnesota is 0-5 SU in its last 5 games on the road
Ohio State is 5-0 SU in its last 5 games when playing Minnesota
Ohio State is 5-0 SU in its last 5 games when playing at home against Minnesota
Ohio State is 18-2 SU in its last 20 games at home
The total has gone OVER in 4 of Ohio State's last 5 games

Next up:
Minnesota home to Indiana, Tuesday, February 26
Ohio State home to Michigan State, Sunday, February 24