No. 16 Ohio State (14-5) hits the road to take on Rutgers (13-9) on Wednesday evening in a key Big Ten matchup. The Buckeyes have won four of their last five games. On Feb. 6, Ohio State beat Maryland 82-67. Rutgers upset No. 17 Michigan State 84-63 in its most recent outing on Feb. 5.
Tip-off is at 7 p.m. ET from Jersey Mike’s Arena. Ohio State is favored by three points in the latest Ohio State vs. Rutgers odds from Caesars Sportsbook, while the Over-Under is 135.5. Before locking in any Ohio State vs. Rutgers picks, be sure to check out the college basketball predictions and betting advice from SportsLine’s proven computer model.
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Ohio State vs. Rutgers spread: Ohio State -3 Ohio State vs. Rutgers over-under: 135.5 points OSU: Buckeyes are 4-0 ATS in their last 4 games overall RUTG: Scarlet Knights are 5-1 ATS in their last 6 home games
Why Ohio State can cover
Junior forward E.J. Liddell is one of the top scorers in the Big Ten. He is currently fourth in scoring (19.9 points per game) and is pulling down 7.7 rebounds per game and shooting 52 percent from the floor. The Illinois native has scored at least 20 points in nine games, including three straight. Liddell has also recorded five double-doubles. His best outing of the year came in a win over Northwestern, in which he dropped a season-high 34 points with four rebounds and five blocks.
Freshman Malaki Branham is second on the team with 10.5 points and 3.7 rebounds per game. The Ohio native has scored more than 20 points in three games. Branham is also a solid shooter from three, knocking down 40 percent of his shots from beyond the arc. In the Jan. 2 win over Nebraska, Branham finished with 35 points, six rebounds, and shot 6-for-10 from three.
Why Rutgers can cover
Senior guard Ron Harper Jr. is leading the way for Rutgers with 15.9 points, 6.2 rebounds, and 1.3 steals per game. Harper Jr. is the best marksman for the Scarlet Knights, shooting 41 percent from downtown. The New Jersey native has scored at least 20 points in six games. In the Jan. 15 win over Maryland, Harper Jr. logged 31 points, four rebounds, and shot 6-for-8 from beyond the arc.
Sophomore center Clifford Omoruyi is averaging 11.4 points, eight rebounds, and shoots 60 percent from the floor. Omoruyi has registered four double-doubles on the year. The Nigeria native has also tallied at least two blocks in nine games thus far. In the win over No. 17 Michigan State, Omoruyi had 17 points, four rebounds, and two blocks. He also shot a percent 6-for-6 from the field.
How to make Ohio State vs. Rutgers picks
SportsLine’s model is leaning over on the point total, projecting the teams to combine for 139 points. The model also says one side of the spread has all the value. You can only see the model’s Rutgers vs. Ohio State pick at SportsLine.
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