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Northwestern Wildcats face Ohio State Buckeyes: NCAA basketball odds preview and stats

Northwestern WildcatsOhio State Buckeyes
12-14February 19, 2014, 07:00 | Value City Arena20-6

The Ohio State Buckeyes will try to pay off for their supporters on Wednesday when they play host to the Northwestern Wildcats at Value City Arena in NCAA basketball action.

Supporters of the Wildcats have watched them go 12-14 and 9-16 ATS on the year, while the Buckeyes are at 20-6 and 13-12 ATS. In totals betting, the Buckeyes are 10-15, while the Wildcats have a 7-18 mark.

View Northwestern Wildcats vs Ohio State Buckeyes Odds and Stats.

College basketball odds makers at BetOnline opened the Ohio State Buckeyes as -15.5-point favorites in this matchup. Check for the latest spread and over-under at the sportsbook.

This game puts the Buckeyes, most recently No. 119 in the Odds Shark power rankings, up against the Wildcats, who rate No. 264 in the latest survey.

Northwestern lost its last outing, a 54-48 result against Minnesota on February 16. They failed to cover in that game as a 4-point underdog. JerShon Cobb scored 23 points in a futile effort to lead the Wildcats to a win (they lost 54-48 to Minnesota at Welsh-Ryan Arena on Sunday).

Ohio State was a 48-39 winner in their most recent outing on the road against Illinois. They covered the 4-point spread as favorites. The Buckeyes grabbed a 48-39 win over the Fighting Illini on Saturday, behind a 14-point effort from Aaron Craft at State Farm Center.

How They Match Up:
The game also pits Ohio State's No. 159-ranked offense, averaging 70.54 PPG, against a Wildcats defense that ranks No. 25 at 63.35 PPG. The Buckeyes field goal percentage has averaged 45.23% so far, more than the Wildcats marksmen have achieved on the year, 39.63% per game.

A few Wildcats at Buckeyes trends to consider:
Northwestern is 2-4 ATS in its last 6 games
Northwestern is 2-4 SU in its last 6 games
The total has gone UNDER in 9 of Northwestern's last 10 games
Northwestern is 4-12 SU in its last 16 games on the road
Ohio State is 4-1 ATS in its last 5 games
Ohio State is 4-1 SU in its last 5 games
The total has gone UNDER in 6 of Ohio State's last 9 games
Ohio State is 1-4 ATS in its last 5 games at home

Next up:
Northwestern home to Indiana, Saturday, February 22nd
Ohio State at Minnesota, Saturday, February 22nd