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NCAA Basketball Game Preview - Warhawks underdogs vs Buckeyes at Ohio State

Louisiana-Monroe WarhawksOhio State Buckeyes
3-4December 27, 2013, 07:00 | Value City Arena12-0

Value City Arena will host Ohio State Buckeyes vs. Louisiana-Monroe Warhawks action on Friday as both teams try to pay off for bettors in NCAA basketball betting action.

Ohio State will face the 3-4 Warhawks, who own a 4-1 ATS mark on the season. In totals betting, the Buckeyes are 3-8 favoring the UNDER so far this season while the Warhawks are 2-3 favoring the OVER.

View Louisiana-Monroe Warhawks vs Ohio State Buckeyes Odds and Stats.

If you were backing the visitors in this one, the Warhawks were listed as 24.5-point underdogs earlier in the day at Bovada.

The Buckeyes sit at No. 5 in the current college hoops power poll here at Odds Shark, while the Warhawks sit at No. 297 on the same chart.

In their last action, Ohio State was a 64-61 winner on the road against Notre Dame. They failed to cover the 6.5-point spread as favorites. The Fighting Irish got 18 points from Jerian Grant, but it was Ohio State that prevailed in a 64-61 final on Saturday at Madison Square Garden.

How They Match Up:
Rebounding is always a key handicapping consideration and Warhawks is ranked No. 58 in NCAA hoops at 38.71 per game. Contrast that with Ohio State’s No. 119 mark in the paint. When it comes to three-point shooting, Ohio State is the No. 88-ranked team in the country at 6.92 per game, while Louisiana-Monroe rates No. 229 at 4.57 per game.

A few Warhawks at Buckeyes trends to consider:
Louisiana-Monroe is 4-19 SU in its last 23 games
Louisiana-Monroe is 1-12 SU in its last 13 games on the road
Ohio State is 5-0 SU in its last 5 games
The total has gone UNDER in 5 of Ohio State's last 6 games
Ohio State is 4-2 ATS in its last 6 games at home
Ohio State is 5-0 SU in its last 5 games at home

Next up:
Louisiana-Monroe home to Louisiana-Lafayette, Saturday, January 4th
Ohio State at Purdue, Tuesday, December 31st