Looking to win big? The Buckeyes and Golden Gophers face off at 8:00 ET on BTN. The Golden Gophers are hosting the game at Williams Arena in Minneapolis, MN. This Big Ten conference matchup has an over/under of 139.5 points, and Minnesota is favored to win by -3.5 at home vs. Ohio State.


The Pick: Minnesota Golden Gophers -3.5

This game will be played at Williams Arena at 8:00 ET on Thursday, February 22nd.


  • We have this one finishing with a projected score of 75-68 in favor of the Golden Gophers.
  • Not only will Minnesota pick up the win, but look for them to cover at -3.5.
  • The over/under is currently sitting at 139.5 points, and we like the over with a projected 143 points.

Can Ohio State Pull Off a Road Win?

The Ohio State Buckeyes, who have a 15-11 overall record, will face the Minnesota Golden Gophers. In games played away from home, Ohio State has gone 3-7, while they have gone 12-4 in games played at home. Ohio State’s against-the-spread (ATS) performance heading into today’s game stands at 10-16. In their last ten games, Ohio State has a solid 4-1 ATS record.

After 26 games, Ohio State has an over/under record of 14-12-0, with their games averaging a combined 144.1 points per game so far. The Buckeyes’ have recorded an over/under record of 1-2 in their last three games, with their games averaging 136 points per game.

The Ohio State offense is coming off a game where they scored 73 points against Purdue. They posted a field goal percentage of 48.3% and connected on 7 threes. Leading Ohio State in scoring vs. Purdue was Bruce Thornton with his 22 points. Jamison Battle also added 19 points for the Buckeyes.

Currently, the Buckeyes’ defense holds the 114th rank in the nation, allowing 69.7 points per game. Against Purdue in their most recent game, the Ohio State defense gave up a total of 69 points while allowing Purdue to hit 48% of their shots.

Will the Golden Gophers Secure A Victory as Home Favorites?

Minnesota is about to play their 26th game of the season and currently have a 16-9 record. The Golden Gophers are 2-6 on the road this season and 14-3 overall. Against the spread, Minnesota has compiled a record of 20-4-1 thus far in the season. In their previous five games, the team is a perfect 5-0 vs. the spread.

In 25 games, Minnesota comes in with an over/under mark of 14-11-0, with their games averaging 145.6 points per game. Over the course of the last five games, the Golden Gophers’ games have averaged 148 points per game, along with an over/under record of 4-1.

The Minnesota offense is coming off a game where they scored 81 points against Rutgers. They posted a field goal percentage of 51% and connected on 8 threes. Pharrel Payne led the scoring for the Golden Gophers, contributing 21 points. Additionally, Elijah Hawkins chipped in with 16 points.

The Golden Gophers’ defense is presently ranked 106th nationally, allowing an average of 69.3 points per contest. In their previous game vs. Rutgers, the Scarlet Knights finished with a field goal percentage of 51% and a total of 70 points vs. Minnesota.