The No. 2 Ohio State Buckeyes (11-1) and the No. 22 West Virginia Mountaineers (10-1) go head-to-head at Rocket Mortgage Fieldhouse. Tip-off is scheduled for 12 p.m. ET on Sunday, December 29, 2019.
West Virginia Mountaineers vs. Ohio State Buckeyes Odds Preview
In the Mountaineers’ last outing, they beat the Youngstown State Penguins, 75-64. Oscar Tshiebwe was West Virginia’s leading scorer with 19 points on 8-for-11 shooting. The Mountaineers forced 16 turnovers and had an effective field goal percentage of 0.508 (above their season average of 0.482).
The Buckeyes come in on a high note after beating the No. 6 Kentucky Wildcats in their last game, 71-65. Ohio State received a boost from D.J. Carton, who led the team in scoring with 15 points on 5-for-6 shooting. Ohio State played a nearly flawless game. They had an absurd free throw rate of 0.477 (above their season average of 0.283) and an offensive rebounding percentage of 30.4 (below their season average of 34.3). Kentucky put up marks of 0.136 and 25.7, respectively, for those same stats.
This battle pits one of the NCAA’s top offenses against one of its elite defenses. Ohio State currently ranks fourth in offensive efficiency and West Virginia ranks 23rd in defensive efficiency.
West Virginia vs. Ohio State ATS Prediction
Free Prediction: SU Winner – Ohio State, ATS Winner – Ohio State, O/U – Under
The Buckeyes rank 39th in assists per game (15.8) while the Mountaineers rank 81st (14.2).
West Virginia averages 4.5 blocks per game, which ranks 38th in the NCAA. Ohio State ranks 18th in blocks allowed per game (2.2).
Ohio State ranks 11th in steals allowed per game (4.5) while West Virginia ranks 145th (7.5).
The Buckeyes rank 108th in three pointers attempted per game (22.8) while the Mountaineers rank 235th (17.5).
Ohio State averages 40.1 rebounds per game, which ranks 35th in the country. West Virginia ranks 95th in rebounds allowed per game (33.7).
The Buckeyes’ average margin of victory in their last five games has been 16.4, down from 21.8 for the season.
During their last five games, the Mountaineers have scored an average of 79.2 points per game (3.7 above their season average) and allowed an average of 65.0 points per game (2.7 above their season average).