Expect a defensive struggle when the Ohio State Buckeyes (15-8, 5-7 Big 10) and the Rutgers Scarlet Knights (17-7, 8-5 Big 10) clash at Value City Arena. Action gets underway at 7 p.m. ET on Wednesday, February 12, 2020.
Rutgers Scarlet Knights vs. Ohio State Buckeyes Odds Preview
The Scarlet Knights beat the Northwestern Wildcats in their last matchup, 77-73. Geo Baker was the game’s leading scorer with 25 points on 10-for-17 shooting. The Scarlet Knights had a phenomenal free throw rate of 0.368 (above their season average of 0.192) and had an offensive rebounding percentage of 50.0 (above their season average of 33.3).
In the Buckeyes’ last matchup, they were beaten by the Wisconsin Badgers, 70-57. With nine points and five rebounds, Luther Muhammad put together a solid outing for Ohio State. Wisconsin had a much better turnover percentage (12.5 vs. 20.0). Ohio State, on the other hand, did an excellent job of converting from the charity stripe (15-16; 93.8 percent).
This will be the first matchup of the year between these two teams, after splitting two games last season. In the last matchup, the Buckeyes won 76-62. The Buckeyes dominated nearly every stat category in the game. They had a superb turnover percentage of 9.6 and a ridiculous effective field goal percentage of 0.657. For those same stats, the Scarlet Knights were 16.1 and 0.491, respectively.
The game should be a battle of strength against strength as the high-powered offense of Ohio State (59th in the NCAA with an offensive efficiency of 108.6) takes on the elite defense of Rutgers (16th in the nation with a defensive efficiency of 90.4).
Rutgers vs. Ohio State Prediction
Pick: SU Winner – Rutgers, ATS Winner – Rutgers, O/U – Under
The Scarlet Knights rank eighth in rebounds per game (41.2) while the Buckeyes rank 79th (37.4).
Ohio State blocks 3.8 opponent shots per game, which is ranked 73rd in the nation. Rutgers ranks 138th in blocks allowed per game (3.8).
Rutgers ranks 109th in steals per game (6.8) while Ohio State ranks 249th (4.7).
The Buckeyes rank 125th in three pointers attempted per game (22.7) while the Scarlet Knights rank 265th (18.0).
Ohio State ranks 27th in assists allowed per game (10.4) while Rutgers ranks 117th (12.2).
The Buckeyes’ average margin of victory in their last five games has been 1.6, down from 10.0 for the season.
During their last five games, the Scarlet Knights have scored an average of 67.2 points per game (3.4 below their season average) and allowed an average of 66.6 points per game (5.2 above their season average).