Written and authored by College Basketball Against The Spread Expert Analyst Charlie McDougall. Charliessports.com produces it for their 2015 Basketball game. The teams will play on Tuesday Night January 6, 2015. At 9:00 PM EST on the ESPN Television Network.
The (12-3) And 20th-ranked Ohio State Buckeyes of the Big Ten Conference makes the trip from Central Ohio to the Twin Cities. Ohio State will play the (11-4) Minnesota Golden Gophers also of the Big Ten in 2015 NCAA Basketball action. The teams will play at “THE BARN”, Williams Arena on Campus in Minneapolis, Minnesota. This Sports Handicapper believes Ohio State coach Thad Motta has experience but now superstars; he must coach up his Buckeyes. The Minnesota Golden Gophers won the 2014 NIT but lost out on a lot of talent in rich Minneapolis. The betting line has Ohio State as a two-point road underdog Against The Spread, the total is not available for Tuesday Night’s game.
The 2014-15 Ohio State Buckeyes are without their sparkplug the last three seasons, guard Aaron Craft graduated as are two others who averaged double-digits in scoring. Many experts are picking Ohio State to finish in the top half of the conference but not too fast. The mighty Big-Ten was down in 2015 except for the Wisconsin Badgers. Nebraska, Michigan State and Ohio State are top tier teams. But the talent level is not where is should be. Ohio State has the top eight recruiting class, and they must contribute now that we are in conference play. Ohio State lost at home to Iowa in December 30th and beat Illinois 77-61 in Columbus Saturday. Ohio State is only 1-7 ATS their last eight against Big-Ten competition. Thre betting odds over is 6-2 against conference opponents. The Ohio State Buckeyes are 5-4-1 on Free NCAA Basketball ATS Betting Picks going over the betting odds total six times and staying under four their last ten. Ohio State was defeated by in-state rivals Dayton in the opening round of last season’s NCAA Basketball March Madness Tournament. Chicago native Sam Thompson is the team’s most talented player and play’s above the rim but must learn to trust teammates. Amir Williams and Trey Thompson must get it done in the paint.
The 2014-15 Minnesota Golden Gophers have one of the most interesting home courts in all of basketball, the floor elevates, the bench is below the court. Senior guard Andre Hollins is the leader, the best player and leading scorer. Hollins and DeAndre Mathieu form one of the most experienced backcourts in the conference. The Golden Gophers are 0-2 in Big Ten play with losses at Purdue and Maryland, a win Tuesday is much needed. Minnesota head coach Richard Pitino is trying to do what his father has been for years, and that’s building winning programs. The home team is 10-3 ATS the last thirteen between the teams. The betting odds under is 7-3 Minnesota last Ten against the Big-Ten. Minnesota is 5-1 Against The Point Spread their last six at home, going over the betting odds total four times and staying under twice. Minnesota plays a fairly easy non-conference schedule, and that is going to hurt. The betting odds favorite is 13-3 the last sixteen times the teams have played. The key to a Minnesota win is to win the battle between the guards.
Free Pick: Minnesota-2.