Can the Ohio State Buckeyes Men’s basketball team match their football program and make a run as national champions in 2015?
10th-seeded OSU is a slight 3-point favorite over the higher seeded (7) Virginia Commonwealth Rams today at the Moda Center when these two squads go head-to-head. This marks just the fifth time since 2008 that a No. 10 seed has been favored over a No. 7 seed.
A Closer Look At The OSU vs VCU March Madness Betting Odds, My Final Score Prediction & How To Watch
Ohio State had a solid season in the tough Big Ten with a 23-10 SU and 15-6-1 ATS record. But when going off as an underdog or favored by less than five, Ohio State was just 1-8 SU and 1-7-1 ATS. The Rams are 12-3 ATS in their last 15 tournament games and 6-1 ATS in their last seven round of 64 games.
Matchup: (10) Ohio State Buckeyes vs (7) Virginia Commonwealth Rams
Date: Mar. 19, 2015
Start Time: 4:40 p.m. ET
Location: Portland, Oregon
Stadium: Moda Center
TV Info: TNT
Stream: TNT Overtime
Radio: Ohio State Vs VCU
Point Spread: Buckeyes -3
Ohio State Will Cover the Spread If
Someone NOT named D’Angelo Russell steps it up.
The Buckeyes had won 3 in a row going into their March 8 battle with Wisconsin. Ohio State had beaten Nebraska 81 to 57, Purdue 65 to 61 and Penn State 77 to 67. The Badgers put the Buckeyes back in their place with a stunning 72 to 48 road win. Ohio State then beat Minnesota 79 to 73 in the Big Ten Conference Tournament before losing to Michigan State 67 to 76.
The problem with the Buckeyes is that they rely way too much on freshman D’Angelo Russell. Russell has scored in double-figures in every single Ohio State game this season save for a Nov. 18 matchup with Marquette. As good as he is, he’s still a freshman. Russell could be showing signs of wear and tear. He has committed 13 turnovers in Ohio State’s last 3 games. Someone has to step up and give Russell a hand. If nobody does, Ohio State won’t cover the spread versus VCU.
Virginia Commonwealth Will Cover the Spread If
VCU’s press defense forces turnovers that turn into easy buckets.
VCU was absolutely brilliant defensively against Davidson in the Atlantic 10 Conference Tournament Semifinal. They held the usually hot shooting Wildcats to 42% from the field and 26.9% from behind the three-point line. The Rams carried over their terrific defensive play to the championship game against Dayton. The Flyers shot 38.2% from the field and 16.7% from the arc.
VCU is going to have to play pressure defense on Russell and the rest of the Buckeyes in order to force bad shots and turnovers. If the Rams do that, they should be able to get easy buckets in transition. The Rams have been on fire from three. They shot 37% against Dayton and 50% versus Davidson. It will only take a couple of three pointers in transition in order for the Rams to bust this game open versus what looks like a tired Ohio State team.