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Ohio State favored by 13 against Northwestern on Friday

Northwestern WildcatsOhio State Buckeyes
March 11, 12:00 PM | Connolly Center

Northwestern Wildcats vs Ohio State Buckeyes Odds

18-12TEAM RECORD29-2

The college hoops wagering menu features a clash between Ohio State and Northwestern on Friday, with the host Buckeyes trying to win and cover the NCAAB point spread.

This is a conference playoff game in the Big Ten Tournament. This game is being played at a neutral-site court (Connolly Center).

Ohio State battles the Wildcats, currently sitting with a 18-12 mark (12-12 ATS). The OVER/UNDER records, always important for totals bettors, are 17-11 for the Buckeyes and 15-9 for the Wildcats.

View Northwestern vs Ohio State Odds and Stats.

Betting Line:
Sportsbooks had the Buckeyes installed as 13-point favorites in this particular matchup

Power Rankings / Prediction:
This game puts the Buckeyes, most recently No. 23 in the Odds Shark power rankings, up against the Wildcats, who rate No. 229 in the latest survey. Meanwhile, math and computer-based handicapping simulations run on this game predict a potential 88-73 victory for the Buckeyes.

How They Match Up:
Rebounding is always a key handicapping consideration and Wildcats is ranked No. 333 in NCAA hoops at 29.7 per game. Contrast that with Ohio State’s No. 228 mark in the paint. When it comes to three-point shooting, Ohio State is the No. 56-ranked team in the country at 7.6 per game, while Northwestern rates No. 4 at 9.2 per game.

Defensively, Northwestern features the nation's No. 270-rated defense on the road, allowing 74.6 points per game. Ohio State, meanwhile, comes in at No. 22 nationally in scoring at home.

Last time out for Northwestern, they were a 75-65 winner as they battled Minnesota. They covered in the match as a 1-point favorite.

Ohio State won its last outing, a 93-65 result against Wisconsin on March 6. They covered in that game as an 8-point favorite. Ohio State cruised to victory on Sunday, running Wisconsin out of the gym and running up a 93-65 score at Value City Arena.

Northwestern Wildcats Trends:
When playing on Friday are 6-4
After playing Minnesota are 3-7
After a win are 4-6

Ohio State Buckeyes Trends:
When playing on Friday are 7-3
After playing Wisconsin are 7-3
After a win are 8-2

A few Wildcats at Buckeyes trends to consider:
The total has gone OVER in 5 of Ohio State's last 5 games
Ohio State is 20-1 SU in its last 21 games when playing Northwestern
Ohio State is 23-2 SU in its last 25 games
The total has gone UNDER in 9 of Ohio State's last 11 games when playing Northwestern