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. The over/under for this game is set at 139.5 points, and Minnesota is favored by -3.5 vs. Ohio State in a Big Ten conference matchup.


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 Lock in a Road Win?

Ohio State, who has a record of 15-11, will be facing Minnesota. The Buckeyes have a 3-7 record on the road and a 12-4 record at home. As Ohio State enters today’s game, their against-the-spread (ATS) record stands at 10-16. When playing away from home, the Buckeyes are 4-6 vs. the spread, while they are 6-10 ATS when playing at home.

In 26 games, Ohio State comes in with an over/under mark of 14-12-0, with their games averaging 144.1 points per game. The Buckeyes have an over/under record of 1-2 in their last three games, with their games averaging 136 points per game.

The Buckeyes’ offense finished with 73 points in their previous game, mirroring their current average of 74.4 points per contest. Leading the team in scoring was Bruce Thornton with 22 points. Jamison Battle also added 19 points for the Buckeyes.

The Buckeyes’ defense is presently ranked 114th nationally, allowing an average of 69.7 points per contest. In their previous game vs. Purdue, the Boilermakers finished with a field goal percentage of 48% and a total of 69 points vs. Ohio State.

Will Minnesota Make it Happen at Home?

Minnesota will be playing their 26th game of the season with an overall record of 16-9. When they hit the floor, the Golden Gophers will have a 2-6 record on the road and a 14-3 record overall. As of now, Minnesota’s against the spread record stands at 20-4-1 heading into today’s matchup. In their last ten games, Minnesota has an impressive 5-0 record against the spread.

Looking at their over/under performance through 25 games, Minnesota has an over/under record of 14-11-0, with their games averaging 145.6 points per game on average. The Golden Gophers’ last five games have culminated with an average of 148 points per game and an over/under record of 4-1.

The Minnesota offense is coming off a game in which they scored 81 points vs. Rutgers. Overall their field goal percentage was 51% while connecting on 8 threes. Offensively, the Golden Gophers hold a season-long field goal percentage of 47%, placing them 70th in the national rankings. When it comes to three-pointers, they are ranked 132nd in terms of percentage and 122nd in three-pointers made.

At this time, the Golden Gophers’ defense is positioned 106th in the country, permitting 69.3 points per game. On average, opposing teams are hitting 5.8 threes per game vs. Ohio State. This has come on three-point shooting percentage of 33.6%.