Ohio State at Rutgers 1/9/19 - College Basketball Picks & Predictions
The No. 16 ranked Ohio State Buckeyes visit Rutgers Athletic Center in Piscataway, New Jersey on Wednesday for a Big Ten showdown with the Rutgers Scarlet Knights. Ohio State fell to 12-2 on the season following its 86-77 loss to Michigan State on Saturday. The Buckeyes were within six during the final minute but could get no closer. Kaleb Wesson led the Buckeyes with 25 points.
Rutgers fell to 7-6 on the season following its 77-63 loss to Maryland on Saturday. The Scarlet Knights trailed at the half 40-19 and never threatened following the break. Montez Mathis led Rutgers with 11 points and eight boards despite getting into early foul trouble.
Kaleb Wesson is leading in scoring and the leading rebounder for Ohio State with averages of 17.1 points and 6.9 rebounds per game. C.J. Jackson is the second leading scorer for the Buckeyes and leader in assists with averages of 13.4 points and 3.9 assists per game. Ohio State is shooting 47.6% from the field and 36.7% from 3-point territory.
Eugene Omoruyi is the leading scorer and leading rebounder for Rutgers with averages of 15.7 points and 8.0 rebounds per game. Geo Baker is second in scoring and first in assists with averages of 13.1 points and 4.8 assists per game. Rutgers is shooting 40.7% from the field and 31.1% from 3-point territory.
Ohio State is the more talented team in this matchup. The Buckeyes have covered the number in 5 of their last 7 following three or more consecutive home games. Rutgers has failed to cover the number in each of its last 5 at home and 4 of its last 5 overall. Final Score Prediction, Ohio State Buckeyes win and cover ATS 71-63.