Ohio State vs. Nebraska - 1/22/18 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Ohio State vs. Nebraska - 1/22/18 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction

OSU is by no means dominant on the boards, as it ranks just 11th in the Big Ten in offensive rebounding at 9.5 per game. They stayed in control, and went on to match last season's win total - with 10 regular season game remaining - to remain in a first-place tie with No. 3 Purdue (19-2, 8-0).

The Cornhuskers rank 30th in three pointers allowed per game (18.5) while the Buckeyes rank 215th (24.0).

This will be the highest Ohio State has been ranked for a game since it was No. 12 for a 97-55 win against North Carolina A&T on December 17, 2014. Keita Bates-Diop is averaging 19.7 points and 8.9 rebounds per game to lead Ohio State this season while C.J. At night, Minnesota and Michigan State were set to meet in hockey in the third annual Super Saturday.

The Buckeyes took a 2-0 lead into the first intermission behind first-period goals from Tatum Skaggs and Liz Schepers.

Minnesota was held to just six field goals (28.6 percent) in the second half with 10 turnovers. The Cornhuskers won the last contest 58-57. It was the first time Nebraska had beaten MI since joining the Big Ten, avenging last year's 93-57 loss to the Wolverines.

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Next on the docket: vs. Nebraska (14-7, RPI: 66) on Monday; vs. Penn State (13-8, RPI: 135) on Thursday.

Nebraska enjoyed a great shooting performance against MI, with the new team's starting lineup of Isaac Copeland, Isaiah Roby, Anton Gill, Glynn Watson Jr. and James Palmer Jr. accounting for 64 of the team's 72 points. The 6-foot-5 guard spent his first two seasons with the Miami Hurricanes before transferring to Nebraska. Nebraska is averaging 73.4 points per game on offense this year while allowing 69.4 per contest.

The Cornhuskers and Buckeyes average 5.1 steals allowed per game, which ranks 26th in the nation.

Last week, the Buckeyes ended a streak of 90 straight games played as an unranked team when it received 276 points to earn a No. 22 national ranking. The Gophers came into the weekend ranked sixth out of seven teams in the Big Ten, but moved up to fifth.

After three consecutive road games, the Buckeyes will return home wanting to put on a show for the home crowd. With this core to the team, the Buckeyes do not employ a very deep rotation, with only seven or eight players seeing the court in close games.

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