The third-ranked Ohio State Buckeyes (9-0, 1-0 Big 10) try to stay unbeaten when they square off against the Minnesota Golden Gophers (4-5, 0-1 Big 10) at Williams Arena. The game gets underway at 6:30 p.m. ET on Sunday, December 15, 2019.
Ohio State Buckeyes at Minnesota Golden Gophers ATS Odds
In their last outing, the Golden Gophers got blown out by the Iowa Hawkeyes, 72-52, while the Buckeyes won big over the Penn State Nittany Lions, 106-74.
Ohio State played a flawless game. They had a fantastic free throw rate of 0.556 (above their season average of 0.264) and an offensive rebounding percentage of 39.1 (above their season average of 35.4). Penn State recorded marks of 0.237 and 28.2, respectively, for those same stats. Minnesota, meanwhile, had a better offensive rebounding percentage (28.9 vs. 28.9). Daniel Oturu played well for Minnesota with 22 points, 12 rebounds and five blocks. Ohio State, meanwhile, was led by Kaleb Wesson, who put up 28 points and 10 rebounds.
The Buckeyes won the lone contest between these two teams last season, 79-59. The Buckeyes’ 37.1 offensive rebounding percentage was their biggest advantage over the Golden Gophers, who had a mark of 27.5.
Getting to the line might be scarce for Minnesota in this battle. The Golden Gophers rank 335th in the nation with a free throw attempt (FTA) rate of 0.256, while Ohio State ranks 24th in FTA rate allowed (0.218) since the 2018-19 season.
Ohio State Buckeyes at Minnesota Golden Gophers Free Pick
Prediction: SU Winner – Ohio State, ATS Winner – Ohio State, O/U – Over
Betting Notes (2018-Present):
- Minnesota ranks 12th in three pointers allowed per game (19.4) while Ohio State ranks 159th (21.1).
- The Buckeyes rank fifth in assists allowed per game (11.0) while the Golden Gophers rank 73rd (12.7).
- Ohio State ranks third in steals allowed per game (5.8) while Minnesota ranks 65th (5.8).
- The Buckeyes average 36.2 rebounds per game, which ranks 12th in the nation. The Golden Gophers rank 132nd in rebounds allowed per game (34.8).
- Ohio State ranks 15th in blocks allowed per game (2.9) while Minnesota ranks 100th (4.1).