Ohio State Buckeyes vs Rutgers Scarlet Knights Prediction, 1/15/2023 College Basketball Picks, Best Bets & Odds
Game: Ohio State Buckeyes vs Rutgers Scarlet Knights
Date: Sunday, January 15, 2023
Location: Jersey Mike’s Arena in Piscataway, NJ
TV: Youtube TV
The Rutgers Scarlet Knights (12-5) are hosting the Ohio State Buckeyes (10-6) at Jersey Mike’s Arena on Sunday.
The Ohio State Buckeyes stepped onto the hardwood against Minnesota and took a loss by a score of 70-67 in their last contest. Ohio State ended the game with a 37.5% FG percentage (24 of 64) and made 6 of 13 shots from beyond the arc. When they shot from the free throw line, the Buckeyes knocked down 13 of 15 tries for a rate of 86.7%. Concerning rebounding, they compiled 33 with 10 of them being of the offensive variety. They also distributed 5 dimes for this contest while forcing the other team into 9 turnovers and earning 5 steals. Concerning the defense, Ohio State allowed 50.0% from the field on 27 of 54 shooting. Minnesota recorded 12 dimes and had 3 steals in the game. On top of that, Minnesota grabbed 32 rebounds (4 offensive, 28 defensive), but wasn't able to record a rejection. Minnesota finished shooting 56.3% from the free throw line by converting 9 of their 16 shots. They also knocked down 7 out of their 22 tries from 3-point land. In reference to personal fouls, the Buckeyes ended up finishing with 15 and Minnesota totaled 14 personal fouls.
Brice Sensabaugh is a guy who was important for the contest. He racked up 18 points on 6 out of 18 shooting. He played 25 mins and also totaled 10 boards. He walked away from this one shooting 33.3% from the field but had no dimes when the game ended.
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Ohio State steps onto the court with a record of 10-6 this year. They are averaging 78.9 points per contest (46th in the nation) while shooting 48.2% from the field. The Buckeyes are hitting 38.7% on 3-pointers (120 of 310) and 74.5% from the free throw line. As a team, Ohio State is collecting 39.0 rebounds per game and is sitting with 212 dimes this year, which is 256th in D-1 in terms of passing the rock. They lose possession by turning the ball over 11.2 times per game and as a group they are committing 15.5 fouls every game.
When they are on the defensive end, the Buckeyes are able to force 11.6 turnovers per contest while drawing 16.4 fouls. They concede 29.4% on three-point shots while they are 99th in Division 1 in PPG allowed (66.2). The Buckeyes defense is giving up a field goal percentage of 40.8% (390 of 957) and they concede 32.5 boards per game as a unit. They currently rank 57th in the country in giving up assists to their opponents with 182 relinquished for the campaign.
When they last stepped on the hardwood, the Rutgers Scarlet Knights walked away with a victory by a final of 65-62 when they faced Northwestern. The Scarlet Knights snagged 21 defensive boards and 9 offensive rebounds totaling 30 for the matchup. They also coughed up the ball 11 times, while recording 8 steals for the matchup. Northwestern committed 12 fouls for the matchup which took the Scarlet Knights to the charity stripe for a total of 10 tries. They were able to convert 8 of them for a percentage of 80.0%. Concerning 3-pointers, Rutgers converted 11 of their 18 tries (61.1%). In all, the Scarlet Knights finished shooting 23 out of 54 from the field which had them shooting 42.6%. The Scarlet Knights allowed Northwestern to knock down 21 out of their 51 attempts from the floor which gave them a percentage of 41.2% for this contest. They wrapped up this game 37.0% from distance by hitting 10 out of 27 and walked away from this one shooting 10 of 18 at the free throw line (55.6%). In regard to how they cleaned up the glass, Rutgers permitted Northwestern to grab 27 in total (9 offensive).
Cam Spencer ended up being important for the Scarlet Knights in the matchup. He racked up 23 points in his 36 mins of playing time and had 2 assists for this game. He buried 7 of 14 in this contest for a field goal percentage of 50.0%, and had 4 rebounds.
Rutgers has a mark of 12-5 so far this year. When it comes to executing on offense, the Scarlet Knights are hitting on 43.8% from the floor, which has them ranked 226th in the country. Rutgers has tallied 1,209 pts on the campaign (71.1 per game) and they snag 38.1 rebounds per contest. They are getting an assist 15.2 times per contest (67th in college basketball) and they lose possession via turnover 12.2 times per game. The Scarlet Knights commit 15.9 fouls per game and they shoot 74.0% from the charity stripe.
The Rutgers defense concedes 27.8% on shots from distance (110 of 396) and their opposition knocks down 65.8% of their shots from the charity stripe. They have surrendered 11.0 dimes and 33.2 boards per game, which is 68th and 133rd in those defensive categories. The Scarlet Knights on the defensive end are ranked 4th in the nation in points allowed per contest with 56.5. They are forcing 16.6 turnovers per game and have allowed teams to shoot 37.3% from the field (6th in college basketball).
Who will win tonight's NCAA basketball game against the spread?
Josh Schonwald's Pick: Take Ohio State
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