The Ohio State Buckeyes (10-4) will be at home in Value City Arena when they challenge the Miami (OH) RedHawks (6-3). Action gets underway at 12 p.m. ET on Saturday, December 30, 2017, and it can be seen on ESPNU.
Miami (OH) RedHawks vs. Ohio State Buckeyes Odds Preview
The last time the RedHawks played, they had no trouble getting past the Rio Grande RedStorm, 109-70. With 20 points and 10 rebounds, Miami (OH)’s Bam Bowman played well. Miami (OH) played a perfect game. They had an extraordinary offensive rebounding percentage of 45.2 (above their season average of 30.5) and an effective field goal percentage of 0.682 (above their season average of 0.523). Rio Grande was 25.6 and 0.417, respectively, for those same stats.
The Buckeyes are hoping for a better outcome after their 86-72 loss to the No. 5 North Carolina Tar Heels in their last contest. Keita Bates-Diop was the top scorer from either team with 26 points on 10-for-17 shooting. North Carolina held the Buckeyes to an offensive rebounding percentage of 9.1 (below their season average of 32.5). Ohio State, on the other hand, forced the Tar Heels into a turnover percentage of 20.0 (above their season average of 15.1).
Ohio State appears to have the advantage on the offensive side of the ball. The Buckeyes rank 81st in offensive efficiency, while the RedHawks rank 193rd in defensive efficiency dating back to last season. Also, the RedHawks rank 254th in offensive rebounding percentage (27.0 percent), while the Buckeyes rank 31st in defensive rebounding percentage (72.5 percent).
Miami (OH) RedHawks at Ohio State Buckeyes ATS Prediction
Predictions: SU Winner – Miami (OH), ATS Winner – Miami (OH), O/U – Under
Betting Notes (2016-Present):
- The RedHawks rank 171st in three pointers attempted per game (21.1) while the Buckeyes rank 211th in three pointers allowed per game (24.5).
- Ohio State ranks 25th in rebounds allowed per game (33.8) while Miami (OH) ranks 208th (37.2).
- The Buckeyes rank 15th in blocks allowed per game (2.8) while the RedHawks rank 100th (3.5).
- Ohio State ranks 105th in steals per game (5.6) while Miami (OH) ranks 166th in steals allowed per game (7.9).