Ohio State vs. Rutgers - 2/20/18 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction

The #8 Ohio State Buckeyes will be looking to rebound after back-to-back conference losses, including a 74-62 setback at the hands of MI in their last outing.

Ohio State scored 15 of the first 17 points in the second half and turned the game into a runaway, leading by as many as 30 points at one point.

The Rutgers Scarlet Knights will be looking for a road win to turn things around after losing 13 of their last 16 games following a 61-51 road loss to Maryland in their last outing.

Rutgers' regular season culminates on Sunday with a matchup against IL, which defeated the Scarlet Knights 91-60 on January 30. The Buckeyes have lost two straight, but both were on the road. In the senior night victory, the Buckeyes returned to Columbus to take care of business in their final home game of the 2017-2018 season. Defensively, Ohio State yields 66.7 points against the opposing teams.

The Buckeyes led by as many as 30 points in the second half. While their defense has been solid, it is the offense that has really been the cause of the majority of their subpar play. Corey Sanders went just 3 of 14 from the field, but still leads the Scarlet Knights in scoring this season with 14.2 points and 3.1 assists per game this season while Freeman leads Rutgers in rebounding with 7.6 rebounds per game this season.

Kam Williams had 13 points for the Buckeyes, and Jae'Sean Tate had nine points and 10 rebounds. The Scarlet Knights fell to 0-8 on the road this season. Freshman center Kaleb Wesson had 14 points, five rebounds and three assists. As a team, they shot just 37.9 percent, including a paltry 3-19 from behind the arc.

Rutgers is 1-4 ATS in their last 5 road games and 20-43 ATS in their last 63 games following a loss while the under is 6-1 in their last 7 games against a team with a winning percentage above.600. Rutgers wouldn't have won if Baker played, but nearly certainly would not have lost by that many points.

The No. 16 Ohio State Buckeyes (22-7) are riding in a two-game losing streak including a 74-62 defeat to MI in which Jae'Sean Tate scored 20 points in 9 of 14 shooting from the field and 2 of 5 from the free throw line.

After being upset by Penn State on Thursday and then MI on Sunday, the Buckeyes (23-7, 14-3 Big Ten) exploded in the second half, just as the Scarlet Knights folded. Mixed with Rutgers' struggles on the road, this one has a recipe for a blowout.



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