Betting on today’s Buckeyes and Wildcats game? Catch the action at Welsh-Ryan Arena in Evanston, IL, as the Wildcats hosts this showdown at 8:30 ET on BTN. The over/under line for this matchup is currently at 139.5 points, and Northwestern is favored by -3 to win at home against Ohio State.

OHIO STATE BUCKEYES VS NORTHWESTERN WILDCATS BETTING PICK

The Pick: Northwestern Wildcats -3

This game will be played at Welsh-Ryan Arena at 8:30 ET on Saturday, January 27th.

WHY BET THE NORTHWESTERN WILDCATS:

  • We have this one finishing with a projected score of 76-68 in favor of the Wildcats.
  • Not only will Northwestern pick up the win, but look for them to cover at -3.
  • The over/under is currently sitting at 139.5 points, and we like the over with a projected 144 points.

Do the Buckeyes Have a Shot at a Road Win?

Ohio State is coming off an 83-69 loss to Nebraska, and they have lost three straight games on the road. For the season, the Buckeyes are 3-4 on the road, and they have a +1.3 average scoring margin in those games.

Overall, Ohio State is 13-6, and they have gone 10-1 in non-conference action. In Big Ten play, the Buckeyes are 3-5, and they are 1-2 when listed as an underdog.

Ohio State’s ATS record this season is 6-13, including a mark of 2-5 on the road. Over their last 10 road games, the Buckeyes are 4-6 vs. the spread. As the underdog this year, Ohio State is 1-2 and their last 10 games as the underdog have resulted in a 5-5 ATS record.

This season, the over/under record in Ohio State games is 10-9, and today’s over/under line of 139.5 is lower than the average over/under line in their games this year (143.9). So far, 11 of their games have finished with more points than today’s line. In their last three games, the over/under record is 1-2.

The Ohio State offense is coming off a game in which they scored 69 points vs. Nebraska. Overall their field goal percentage was 48.2% while connecting on 8 threes. The Ohio State offense has been looking to get up shots from outside so far this season, averaging 22.4 three-point attempts per contest. Overall, they have connected on 34% of their looks from outside this season.

So far this season, the Ohio State defense has been performing well, ranking 69th in the country at 67.4 points allowed per contest. So far, the Ohio State defense is giving up an average of 9.0 offensive rebounds per game and are turning teams over 10.1 times per game (415th).

Are Northwestern Ready for a Home Win?

Northwestern will be looking to bounce back from a loss to Nebraska in their last game, which dropped their overall record to 14-5. So far, they have been much better at home, going 11-1 compared to 2-4 on the road. As the favorite, they are 11-1.

Through 19 games, the Wildcats have an average scoring margin of +11.2 points per game at home. Over their last 10 games at home, they are 9-1. For the season, they have gone 4-3 in Big Ten play and 10-2 in non-conference games.

Northwestern’s ATS record this season is 7-9-2, including a mark of 6-5-1 at home. Over their last 10 games as the favorite, the Wildcats are 5-4-1 vs. the spread. At home this year, Northwestern has gone 2-1 ATS in their last 3 games and 7-3 ATS in their last 10.

On the season, the over/under record for Northwestern games is 11-7 and today’s over/under line of 139.5 is similar to the average over/under line in their games this year (136.2). Over their last three games, the average scoring total is 157 points and their OU record in those games is 3-0. So far this year, 9 of their games have finished with more points than today’s line of 139.5.

In their recent game, the Wildcats’ offense concluded with 69 points, consistent with their ongoing season average of 73.9 points per contest. The top scorer for the Wildcats was Brooks Barnhizer with 24 points, while Ryan Langborg also chipped in with 15 points.

Coming into today’s game, the Northwestern defense is giving up an average of 68.7 points per contest. In terms of field goal percentage allowed, Northwestern’s defense has allowed opponents to shoot 44.9% from the field, including a three-point shooting percentage allowed of 37.0% this season.