Both the Ohio State Buckeyes and the Minnesota Gophers are hot off huge wins entering their head-to-head matchup in Minneapolis this Wednesday night. The No. 16 Buckeyes are flying high coming from their most lopsided victory of the season, while the undermanned Gophers staged a stunning upset over another Big Ten rival. Which team will keep things rolling in the positive direction as the interconference action intensifies?
NitroBetting is ready to dish out some timely assists to our bettors all throughout the 2021-22 college basketball season. This time, let’s take a look at the fascinating matchup between the Ohio State Buckeyes and the Minnesota Golden Gophers. Find out more about the teams and the key players, event information, the latest NCAAB odds, and of course, helpful betting trends and expert betting predictions.
Ohio State vs. Minnesota Game Information
- When: Thursday, January 27, 2022, 8:00 PM ET
- Where: Williams Arena, Minneapolis, MN
- TV: ESPN
- Radio: WBNS-AM 1460 (Ohio State) / KFAN 100.3 FM (Minnesota)
- Live Stream: WatchESPN
- NBA Betting Odds: Ohio State (TBA) / Minnesota (TBA)
Why Bet on the Ohio State Buckeyes?
All good things had to come to an end sometime, and for the No. 11 Wisconsin Badgers, that time came during their 86-74 defeat to the No. 14 Michigan State Spartans last Friday. That loss snapped Wisconsin’s seven-game win streak but the team remains in the thick of the race for the top spot in the Big Ten standings.
Sophomore guard Johnny Davis, who ranks fifth in Division I basketball averaging 22.2 points per game, was in his element against MSU by going 8-for-20 with a team-high 25 points. But outside of Davis and fellow backcourt standout Brad Davison (22 points, six three-pointers made), Wisconsin did not have another scoring threat to back up its top two performers versus the Spartans.
What’s quite a concern as well is that the Badgers allowed Michigan State to shoot 52.7 percent from the field and 6-of-12 from beyond the arc. On the bright side, it’s only the second time this entire season that they’ve surrendered over 80 points to an opponent, with the other instance still netting the Badgers an 89-85 win over Illinois State.
Why Bet on the Minnesota Golden Gophers?
Despite missing three of their starters, the Minnesota Golden Gophers pulled off a shocking 68-65 upset over the Rutgers Scarlet Knights on Saturday. That win snapped Minnesota’s four-game losing streak just when things started to look as dire as ever given the team’s health concerns.
Senior guard Payton Willis played all 40 minutes of the contest and logged a team-high 32 points, including going 8-for-13 from beyond the arc and with his eight three-pointers made in a single game tying the school record. Each of Minnesota’s starters played no less than 37 minutes during the win, and the team may have to do just that again with EJ Stephens, Eric Curry, and top-scorer Jamison Battle either dealing with an injury or under the COVID-19 protocol.
Willis’ amazing performance gives hope to the Gophers, who’ve been quite the thorn on the Buckeyes’ side over recent years. Minnesota has won three of its last four meetings against Ohio State and a momentous win goes a long way towards keeping rookie head coach Ben Johnson and the boys from the Twin Cities fighting hard in the conference’s season-long race.
Ohio State vs. Minnesota Betting Trends
- The Buckeyes are 2-4 in the last six road games (1-5 ATS).
- The Buckeyes are 10-1 in games that they were favored to win this season (5-6 ATS).
- The totals went over in four of Ohio States’ last five games on the road.
- As mentioned earlier, the Golden Gophers are 3-1 in their last four meetings against Ohio State (4-0 ATS).
- The Gophers are 6-3 in the last nine home games (3-6 ATS).
- The totals went over in four of Minnesota’s last six homestands.
Ohio State vs. Minnesota Expert Betting Prediction
Even though the Buckeyes are coming off a much more impressive victory in terms of the final score, there’s still something more appealing about Minnesota’s spirited and underhanded win against pretty stiff competition. Coupled with the Golden Gophers’ stellar ATS record against Ohio State of late, and the boys from Minny should warrant more consideration as a possible pick against the spread in this particular matchup.
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