Rutgers Scarlet Knights vs. Ohio State Buckeyes - Betting prediction

Rutgers Scarlet Knights vs Ohio State Prediction 1/3/2024

The Rutgers Scarlet Knights (8-4) travel to face off against the Ohio State Buckeyes (11-2) on Wednesday, January 3rd. This game will be played at Value City Arena in Columbus and televised on BTN. Both team’s come into this one having won their previous games. Tip-off is set for 7:00 ET.

Rutgers Scarlet Knights vs Ohio State Buckeyes

The Rutgers Scarlet Knights Are Coming Off A Win

The Rutgers Scarlet Knights come into their game against Ohio State with a record of 8-4. In their last five road games, including those from last year, Rutgers has gone 2-3. At the moment, Rutgers sits below .500 with a 5-7 ATS record. In their last five games, the team has gone 1-4 vs. the spread.

So far, Rutgers’ games have averaged 128.9 points per game with the average over/under line being 135.7 points. Over the course of the last five games, the Scarlet Knights’ games have averaged 130 points per game, along with an over/under record of 1-4.

The Ohio State Buckeyes Are Coming Off A Win

After playing 13 games, Ohio State has a 11-2 overall record. In away games, the Buckeyes have gone 2-1 this season, while they have a 8-1 record at home. As of now, Ohio State sits below .500 vs. the spread with a 5-7 record. Over their last five games, the team is 2-3 vs. the spread.

In 13 games, Ohio State comes in with an over/under mark of 7-5-0, with their games averaging 143.5 points per game. When analyzing the Buckeyes’ last five games, they have produced a combined average of 140 points per game and an over/under record of 3-2.

Rutgers Offense Breakdown

In contrast to their season average of 67.5 points per game, the Rutgers had a below average performance. They scored 59 points against Stonehill and had a field goal percentage of 25.8%. Clifford Omoruyi was the leading scorer for the Scarlet Knights, putting up 17 points. In addition, Aundre Hyatt contributed 15 points.

Aundre Hyatt (F) 12.3 5.5 1.4
Clifford Omoruyi (C) 11.4 9.1 0.6
Derek Simpson (G) 8.9 2.8 3.0

Ohio State Offense Breakdown

The Ohio State offense is coming off a game where they scored 78 points against New Orleans. They posted a field goal percentage of 44.1% and connected on 8 threes. Currently leading the team in scoring is Bruce Thornton who comes into today’s matchup averaging 16.9. Roddy Gayle Jr. also heads into the game with a PPG average of 15.2.

Bruce Thornton (G) 16.9 2.9 4.0
Roddy Gayle Jr. (G) 15.2 5.4 3.5
Jamison Battle (F) 14.3 5.0 1.4

Rutgers Team Defense

At present, the Scarlet Knights’ defense is nationally ranked 13th, allowing 61.4 points per game. Against Stonehill in their most recent game, the Rutgers defense gave up a total of 58 points while allowing Stonehill to hit 25% of their shots.

Ohio State Team Defense

Ohio State’s defense has been playing well, ranking 50th nationally, with 64.9 points allowed per game. The Ohio State defense is coming off a game in which they gave up a total of 36 points and allowed New Orleans to connect on 8 threes.

Scarlet Knights vs Buckeyes Trends

  • When looking at their past five road matchups, Rutgers has an ATS record of 3-2 while averaging 65 per game. The team went 2-3 overall in these games.
  • When looking at their past five home matchups, Ohio State has an ATS record of 2-3 while averaging 75 per game. The team went 3-2 overall in these games.
  • As the betting underdog, the Scarlet Knights have an ATS mark of just 5-5 in their last ten games. Rutgers posted a straight up mark of 4-6 in these matchups.
  • The Buckeyes have played well in their last three games as the betting favorite, going 3-0 straight up and 2-1 against the spread.

Scarlet Knights vs Buckeyes Prediction

In this Buckeyes vs. Buckeyes matchup, our point-spread bet is on the Buckeyes at -9.5. While we project the Buckeyes to win 75-69, our recommendation is to bet on the Scarlet Knights for the point-spread.

As for the total, the line is currently sitting at 132.5 and our model has the Scarlet Knights and Buckeyes finishing with a combined 144 points. Our pick is to take the over.

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