The 23rd ranked Indiana Hoosiers will travel to Value City Arena to take on the Ohio State Buckeyes this afternoon.
Indiana is gunning for its fifth straight win, and its second over Ohio State in 15 day, behind one of the country’s most potent offenses. The Hoosiers are averaging 81.9 points while shooting 40.6 percent from 3-point range to rank top 10 nationally in both categories.
Analyzing The Hoosiers vs Buckeyes Odds, My Final Score Prediction & TV/Live Streaming Info
Matchup: (23) Indiana Hoosiers at Ohio State Buckeyes
Date: Jan. 25, 2015
Start Time: 1:30 p.m. ET
Location: Columbus, Ohio
Stadium: Value City Arena
TV Info: CBS
Radio: Indiana Vs Ohio State
Point Spread: Buckeyes -8.5
Indiana will win this Big Ten matchup if
They turn this game into a shootout!
The Hoosiers (14-4 SU, 9-8 ATS) will face league-leading Maryland on Thursday night and they’ll undoubtedly have their hands full against the stingy Terps.
Following that contest Indiana will take on an Ohio State team and if they want to take down the Buckeyes, they’ll have to out the pedal to the metal and get into the high 70s or low 80s.
Ton Crean’s Hoosiers average a stellar 81.6 points per game (12th) and get 16.6 points per game from leading scorer James Blackmon Jr. Indiana’s defense has been spotty at best as they allow a whopping 71.4 points per game to rank 299th in the nation.
The bottom line for the Hoosiers is that they will need their high-octane offense to be at their very best if they want to take down Ohio State on Sunday.
Ohio State will win this Big Ten matchup if
Limit 2nd chance opportunities for the Hoosiers.
The Buckeyes (14-5 SU, 8-9-1 ATS) face Northwestern on Thursday night but shortly thereafter, they will be looking for revenge after losing at Indiana 69-66 on Jan.10. The good news for Ohio State is that all they need to do is play an identical kind of game in this one in order to get the win.
The Buckeyes have been one of the best defensive tams in the nation allowing just 61.2 points per game (57th) while limiting their opponents to just 39.1 percent shooting (44th). Thad Matta’s team is led in scoring and rebounding by D’Angelo Russell (18.6 ppg, 5.0 rpg).
Who will win this Big Ten matchup?
I’m going with Ohio State to get the win in this one, mostly because of the revenge factor and the fact that they’re playing at home. The Buckeyes have won two straight at home over Michigan and Illinois by getting into the 70s and holding both Big Ten rivals to 61 points or less.
While keeping the explosive Hoosiers from going bonkers at the offensive end of the floor, will be a much tougher task than facing most teams, I like the Buckeyes to get the narrow home win.