Northwestern Wildcats (15-4 SU, 11-5-0 ATS, 5-10-1 OU) vs Ohio State Buckeyes (12-7 SU, 7-10-0 ATS, 10-7-0 OU)
When: 1:00 PM ET, Sunday, January 22, 2017
Where: Value City Arena in Columbus, Ohio
Lines: Northwestern PK
Big 10 college basketball action this afternoon and the Northwestern Wildcats will rumble with the Ohio State Buckeyes at Value City Arena in Columbus, Ohio. The Wildcats come in having won their last three games in a row and they are 4-2 in the Big 10 so far, while the Buckeyes are just 2-4 in league play, but they have won their last two games in a row.
Wildcats Crush Hawkeyes At Home
The Northwestern Wildcats have had a very good season so far as they are 15-4 overall and 4-2 in the league so far. They have won their last three games in a row and come in off a 35 point home win over Iowa. This team is one of the bigger surprises in the nation right now. They have won their last two conference road games, which were vs Rutgers and Nebraska. The defense is really what has led this team so far and it is one of the best in the Big 10. In the win over Iowa, they held the Hawkeyes to just 35.3% shooting overall, including just 23.5 ppg from long range. That defense will need to play well in this one vs a good Ohio State offense. The Wildcats were led in the game by Scottie Lindsey, who had 22 points and eight boards. Also having a very solid game was Bryant McIntosh, who had 20 points and 10 assists. Rounding out their double-digit scorers in the game was Derek Pardon, who had 14 points and Vic Law, who had 12 points. Lindsey is the team’s leading scorer this year at 15.6 ppg, while Law is 2nd at 14.3 ppg and 3rd is McIntosh at 12.3 ppg.
The Wildcats have averaged 72.8 ppg and have allowed 64.7 ppg in conference play overall, while in true road games this year they have averaged 70.0 ppg and have allowed 66.8 ppg. Northwestern checks in ranked 134th in the nation in scoring, putting up 75.6 ppg, while also ranking 166th in FG% (44.6%), 117th in 3-point shooting (36.6%) and 19th in free throw shooting (76.2%). At the defensive end of the floor they have been very good as they come in ranked 32nd in points allowed, giving up 63.9 ppg, while also ranking 11th in defensive FG% (38.4%) and 19th in 3-point defense (30.4%).
Loving Lifts Buckeyes Over Cornhuskers
The Ohio State Buckeyes have not had a great start to their Big 10 season but they come in having won their last two games in a row, including a one-point road win over Nebraska in their last game. The game was tight pretty much throughout and it was Marc Loving that hit a layup with just one second left to give the Buckeyes the 67-66 win. Loving led the team in scoring with 15 points and he had 11 boards as well. For the year, he is the team’s 3rd leading scorer at 11.4 ppg. Jae’Sean Tate is the team’s leading scorer at 14.1 ppg and he had 13 points in the win, while JaQuan Lyle had 13 points as well. Lyle is 2nd on the team in scoring at 12.3 ppg. The Buckeyes did shoot just 41.5% from the field overall and just 33.3% from long range, but their defense really played well in the game as they allowed just 41.7% shooting overall and just 23.8% from long range. The Buckeyes were aided in the game by the fact that Nebraska missed nine free throws. This outcome could have been much different if the Huskers had hit their free throws.
Ohio State has averaged 69.7 ppg and have allowed 75.2 ppg in conference play overall, while here at home for the year they have averaged 75.8 ppg and have allowed 62.2 ppg. The Buckeyes check in at 194th in the nation in scoring, putting up 73.3 ppg, while also ranking 85th in FG% (46.5%), 250th in 3-point shooting (33.3%) and 254th in free throw shooting (66.9%). At the defensive end of the floor they have been solid as they come in ranked 67th in points allowed, giving up 66.9 ppg, while also ranking 40th in defensive FG% (40.1%) and 149th in 3-point defense (33.9%).
- The Under is 4-1 in their last five vs. the Big Ten
- The Under is 8-3-1 in their last 12 games following a straight up win
Ohio State is:
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The Wildcats have had a very good season so far and that is mainly because of their defense. Their offense had a great game in their last game, but it will not be that easy vs a tougher Ohio State defense. The Buckeyes have allowed just 62.2 ppg here at home, while the Wildcats have allowed just 64.7 ppg in league play and 66.8 ppg in true road games. I feel that both offenses will struggle in this game and they will keep the scoring in the lower 130s.