Betting on today’s Buckeyes and Mountaineers game? Catch the action at Rocket Mortgage FieldHouse in Cleveland, OH, as the Mountaineers hosts this showdown at 7:00 ET on FOX. The Buckeyes come into this non-conference matchup as the betting favorite. The over/under line currently sits at 146.5 points.
OHIO STATE BUCKEYES VS WEST VIRGINIA MOUNTAINEERS BETTING PICK
The Pick: West Virginia Mountaineers +9.5
This game will be played at Rocket Mortgage FieldHouse at 7:00 ET on Saturday, December 30th.
WHY BET THE WEST VIRGINIA MOUNTAINEERS:
- We have this one finishing with a projected score of 75-68 in favor of the Mountaineers.
- Not only will West Virginia pick up the win, but look for them to cover at +9.5.
- The over/under is currently sitting at 146.5 points, and we like the under with a projected 143 points.
Will the Ohio State Defense Show Up on the Road?
Heading into their 13th game of the year, Ohio State has a 10-2 record. In away games, the Buckeyes have gone 2-1 this season, while they are 8-1 at home. As of today’s game, Ohio State has a current against the spread record of 5-7 for the season. In their last five games, the team has gone 2-3 vs. the spread.
Up to this point, games involving Ohio State have had an average of 143.5 points per game, with the average over/under line set at 143.2 points. Their over/under record is 7-5-0. The Buckeyes’ last five games have finished with a combined 141 points per game and an over/under record of 3-2.
Coming off their recent game, the Ohio State offense tallied 78 points in a matchup against New Orleans. Their field goal percentage for the game was 44.1%, and they made 8 threes. In terms of three-point shooting, the Buckeyes offense has been good from outside, hitting 37% of their three-pointers on an average of 21.4 attempts per game. Their overall field goal percentage is currently 46%.
So far, the Buckeyes’ defense is ranked 36th in the country at 64.1 points per contest. The Ohio State defense is coming off a game in which they gave up a total of 36 points and allowed New Orleans to connect on 8 threes.
Will the Mountaineers Make it Happen at Home?
After 12 games, West Virginia has a 5-7 overall record. In their one road game this season, West Virginia is 0-1, while they are 5-6 at home. West Virginia’s ATS record stands at 5-7, putting them below .500. In their last ten games, West Virginia has gone 2-3 vs. the spread.
After 12 games, West Virginia has an over/under record of 5-7-0, with their games averaging a combined 136.6 points per game so far. When assessing the Mountaineers’ performance in their last three games, their over/under record stands at 2-1, with their games averaging 156 points per game.
West Virginia is coming off a good offensive performance, putting up 91 points vs. Toledo. This figure is more than their season average of 67.8 points per game. One area that the West Virginia offense has been good this season is getting to the line. Currently, they are 144th in free-throw attempts per contest. Overall, they have a field goal percentage of 41%.
At this time, the Mountaineers’ defense is positioned 107th in the country, permitting 68.8 points per game. So far, the West Virginia defense is giving up an average of 9.8 offensive rebounds per game and are turning teams over 10.5 times per game (402nd).