Northwestern Wildcats vs Ohio State Buckeyes Prediction, 1/13/2021 College Basketball Pick, Tips and Odds
Game: Northwestern Wildcats vs Ohio State Buckeyes
Date: Wednesday, January 13, 2021
Location: Value City Arena in Columbus, OH
Odds/Point Spread: Northwestern (+7)
Value City Arena is the site where and the Ohio State Buckeyes (9-3) will play the Northwestern Wildcats (6-4) on Wednesday. Northwestern opens this matchup as 7-point underdogs. The over/under has been set at 143.
Northwestern heads into this contest with a record of 6-4 for the season. The Wildcats are shooting 40.2% on 3-pointers (92 of 229) and 74.2% from the charity stripe. They have an average of 79.1 pts per game (64th in D-1) while hitting 45.9% from the floor. They lose possession by turning the ball over 10.8 times per game and as a group are committing 16.4 fouls every game. As a team, Northwestern is pulling down 36.5 boards per contest and has racked up 181 assists this year, which ranks 44th in the nation in terms of passing the rock. Defensively, the Wildcats are forcing their opponents into 12.5 turnovers on a nightly basis while drawing 17.3 fouls. They rank 271st in the country in giving up assists to their opponents with 154 conceded this year. The Wildcats are giving up a field goal percentage of 41.1% (248 of 603) and they relinquish 34.9 boards per contest as a team. They are surrendering 32.4% on 3-point attempts and they rank 156th in college hoops in points per game allowed (68.9).
The Northwestern Wildcats stepped onto the hardwood against the Illinois Fighting Illini and ended up losing by a score of 81-56 in their last contest. Northwestern ended the game with a 32.7% FG percentage (18 of 55) and knocked down 6 of their 20 3-pointers. From the charity stripe, the Wildcats buried 14 of their 18 attempts for a percentage of 77.8%. In regard to grabbing rebounds, they earned 25 with 6 of them being of the offensive variety. They also doled out 13 dimes in this contest while earning 10 steals and 2 rejections. Concerning defense, Northwestern allowed 32.7% from the field on 18 of 55 shooting. Illinois earned 19 dimes and had 4 steals for this game. On top of that, the Fighting Illini grabbed 38 boards (9 offensive, 29 defensive) and added 2 rejections. Illinois finished 76.2% at the free throw line by burying 16 of 21 attempts. They also made 11 of their 27 tries from beyond the arc.
Robbie Beran is a player who played a role for the game. He had 11 points on 3 out of 6 shooting. He played for 24 minutes played and collected 5 boards. Beran finished the game at 50.0% from the field and distributed 4 dimes. Someone else that came through in this contest for the Wildcats was Pete Nance. He collected 3 boards and also accounted for 2 dimes. He went 25.0% from the floor for the game via 3-of-12 (9 points). Overall, Nance saw the court for 25 min.
Ohio State has a win-loss record of 9-3 this season. Ohio State has accounted for 918 pts for the campaign (76.5 per contest) and they pull in 38.8 boards per game. The Buckeyes have committed 16.8 personal fouls every game and they hit 76.0% from the charity stripe. In terms of offensive execution, the Buckeyes are connecting on 44.1% from the field, which ranks 194th in the nation. They are dishing out assists 13.3 times per game (191st in the nation) and they are turning it over 9.8 times per contest. The Buckeyes on the defensive end are ranked 92nd in college basketball in PPG given up with 66.3. The Ohio State defense concedes 34.4% on 3-point shots (89 of 259) and their opposition knocks down 70.7% of their shots from the charity stripe. They surrender 13.1 dimes and 32.9 boards per game, which is ranked 193rd and 87th in the country. They are forcing their opponents into 11.5 turnovers per game and have allowed teams to shoot 40.7% from the field (81st in college basketball).
In their last game, the Ohio State Buckeyes went home victorious with a score of 79-68 against the Rutgers Scarlet Knights. The Buckeyes corralled 30 defensive rebounds and 8 offensive rebounds for a total of 38 in this matchup. They blocked 5 shots while earning 3 steals for the game. The Scarlet Knights committed 22 fouls in this game which got the Buckeyes to the free throw line for 28 shots. They were able to knock down 19 of those for a percentage of 67.9%. In regard to shooting from distance, Ohio State made 10 of their 24 attempts (41.7%). At the conclusion of this game, the Buckeyes ended up shooting 25 out of 49 from the field which had them at 51.0%. The Buckeyes allowed the Scarlet Knights to bury 29 out of 66 tries from the field which left them shooting 43.9% in the game. They finished 25.0% from 3-point land by going 5 of 20 and finished the game at 5 out of 10 from the free throw line (50.0%). Concerning rebounding, Ohio State permitted Rutgers to pull down 27 overall (8 on the offensive side).
Duane Washington was important for the Buckeyes for the matchup. He knocked down 6 of 14 for the game for a rate of 42.9%, which got him 17 points. Washington grabbed 2 rebounds in his 34 minutes and accumulated 2 assists in this game. An additional guy that ended being a contributor for Ohio State was E.J. Liddell. He ended up with 15 points in 31 minutes played by going 5 of 9 from the floor for this game. Liddell finished going 55.6% from the field while earning 2 assists and 6 total rebounds.
Who will win tonight's college basketball game against the spread?
Tony Sink's Pick: Take Northwestern (+7)
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