Upcoming Free Picks

Nebraska vs. Ohio State Prediction,
Preview,
and Odds - 1-14-2020

Game Snapshot with Current Line

#601 Nebraska
Cornhuskers
#602 Ohio State
Buckeyes

Tuesday, January 14, 2020 at 6:30pm

Image licensed from USA Today Sports

Game Stats

Nebraska

7 - 9

8-8
ATS
8-8
O/U
72
PPG
74
OPPG

Ohio State

11 - 5

10-6
ATS
5-11
O/U
73
PPG
59
OPPG

Featured Video from Scott Reichel

The 7-9 Nebraska Cornhuskers will go on the road to face off with the 11-5 21st-ranked Ohio State Buckeyes on Tuesday night at 6:30 PM ET in Value City Arena. The Buckeyes are 17.5-point home favorites and we’re looking at a 140 over/under. These two teams play at very different paces with Nebraska ranking 24th in possessions per game (76.0) while Ohio State sits 256th (70.0). With the Buckeyes at home, they’ll look to do everything they can to slow the Cornhuskers down. After a phenomenal start to the season, Ohio State has lost four of their last five games and will be looking to bounce back here as a heavy favorite. It’ll be interesting to see if a streaky Nebraska offense can get hot and keep it close with Ohio State or if the Buckeyes will smother them from the start and blow this game out.

First ranked opponent yet

The Nebraska Cornhuskers are a tough team to predict, seeming to take two steps back for every one forward. After beating a good Iowa team, the Cornhuskers lost 62-57 to the Northwestern Wildcats in a game that was never actually close. Northwestern was up by 15 points at halftime and Nebraska ended up making it a five-point game with just seconds remaining. For the Wildcats, Miller Kopp (15 pts, 5 reb) and Pat Spencer (14 pts, 8 reb) led the way with big man Pete Nance leading the team in assists. Nebraska struggled mightily from the field, shooting just 31.3%. They’ll need a far better offensive performance if they want to keep it at all close with Ohio State.

Nebraska ranks 24th in pace, but just 147th in points per game. That’s because they struggle mightily with efficiency, shooting just 41.8% from the field. They rank 350th in the country with a measly 58.9% free-throw percentage. The Cornhuskers may speed the game up, but it doesn’t mean they’ll score very much. If you’re looking for a bright spot, the do rank 22nd in the NCAA with just 11.2 turnovers per game. They don’t beat themselves and always have the ability to get hot at a fast pace. Senior guard Haanif Cheatham leads the Huskers, averaging 13.1 points and 4.3 rebounds a game. Cam Mack runs point guard and posts 12.7 points a night on top of 6.8 assists and 4.9 rebounds. Nebraska will need to play a near-perfect game if they want to keep this close.

The Buckeye slide

After winning 11 of their first 12 games, including three ranked opponents, the Ohio State Buckeyes have now lost four straight games to West Virginia, Wisconsin, Maryland, and most recently Indiana. Ohio State came in as a 1.5-point favorite, but walked away with a 66-54 loss. Ohio State had the lead at halftime before Devonte Green got hot off the bench in the second half and scored 19. The Buckeyes shot just 32.7% from the field and turned it over 16 times. Buckeyes stars’ C.J. Walker and Kaleb Wesson combined to just 6-of-22 from the field. They’ll need to show up if they want a chance at covering 17.5 points against anyone, let alone a Nebraska team that can score.

When the Buckeyes are running like a well-oiled machine, it’s Kaleb Wesson (14.5 pts, 9.3 reb, 1.2 blk) leading a methodical team that shoots 45.3% from the field and the 25th-best 37.7% three-point percentage. It’s Duane Washington and D.J. Carton at guard that average 10 points apiece and both shoot over 40% from three. As a team, the Buckeyes score 73.4 points per game on a solid 45.3% field-goal percentage. They’ll look to slow the speedy Cornhuskers down and will have success against their undersized defense. If the Buckeyes want to cover, they’ll need to put everything together and be a lot more efficient than they were last game.

The Bottom Line What to bet on this game.

Full-Game Side Bet
Rating:

Nebraska is one of the least efficient teams in the nation and they’re facing off with an Ohio State team that’s gnawing at the bit for a win. Kaleb Wesson is going to demolish the Cornhuskers in the paint and the combo of Washington and Carton at guard makes it tough on a Nebraska team that has just one good perimeter defender. I like Ohio State to get off to a hot start and to completely dominate this game throughout. I like a 20+ point win for Ohio State and 17.5 isn’t enough.

Prediction: OSU -17.5

Full-Game Total Pick
Rating:

Ohio State is going to control the pace at home and there’s no way Nebraska gets over 55 points on the road here. I do expect Ohio State to get into the 70’s, but we’d need both teams to get there for this over to hit. Nebraska likes to play fast, but it doesn’t matter when you shoot just 41% and the home team will elect to slow things down. The under is my favorite bet in this game.

Prediction: Under 140

Arthur L.

After playing sports throughout most of middle school, high school and college, Arthur has been writing about sports for nearly a decade. With years of experience he has built an interest in the betting world with a passion for writing on his back and has now landed with us here at StatSalt & Winners & Whiners.

Upcoming Free Picks

Saturday, Jan 18
NBA
#545 Los Angeles Clippers
#546 New Orleans Pelicans
3:35pm
View Pick
#547 Milwaukee Bucks 231.5
#548 Brooklyn Nets 8.5
6:05pm
View Pick
#549 Phoenix Suns
#550 Boston Celtics
7:05pm
View Pick
#551 Detroit Pistons
#552 Atlanta Hawks
7:35pm
View Pick
#555 Toronto Raptors
#556 Minnesota Timberwolves
7:35pm
View Pick
#553 Philadelphia 76ers
#554 New York Knicks
7:35pm
View Pick
#557 Cleveland Cavaliers
#558 Chicago Bulls
8:05pm
View Pick
#561 Orlando Magic
#562 Golden ST. Warriors
8:35pm
View Pick
#559 Los Angeles Lakers
#560 Houston Rockets
8:35pm
View Pick
#563 Portland Trail Blazers
#564 Oklahoma City Thunder
9:05pm
View Pick
#565 Sacramento Kings
#566 Utah Jazz
9:05pm
View Pick
Saturday, Jan 18
NCAAB
#601 Ohio ST. 138.5
#602 Penn ST. 1.5
12:00pm
View Pick
#603 Seton Hall 142
#604 St. John's 5
12:00pm
View Pick
#605 Florida ST. 142
#606 Miami - FL 6.5
12:00pm
View Pick
#607 N. Carolina (UNC) 136
#608 Pittsburgh -4
12:00pm
View Pick
#609 Syracuse 135.5
#610 Virginia Tech -4
12:00pm
View Pick
#611 Baylor 126
#612 Oklahoma ST. 6
12:00pm
View Pick
#615 UConn 135
#616 Villanova -9.5
12:00pm
View Pick
#617 La Salle 138.5
#618 Rhode Island -10.5
12:30pm
View Pick
#619 Detroit 161.5
#620 Wisconsin-Green Bay -6
1:00pm
View Pick
#621 S. Carolina 125.5
#622 Texas A&M -1.5
1:00pm
View Pick
#625 Butler 129.5
#626 DePaul 4
1:00pm
View Pick
#627 Miami - OH 139
#628 Ball ST. -9
1:00pm
View Pick
#633 Auburn 141
#634 Florida -2
1:30pm
View Pick
#637 Clemson 139
#638 NC ST. -7.5
2:00pm
View Pick
#639 St. Josephs 154.5
#640 Penn -9.5
2:00pm
View Pick
#641 Buffalo 168
#642 C. Michigan -1
2:00pm
View Pick
#643 Ohio U 128.5
#644 E. Michigan -1.5
2:00pm
View Pick
#645 Missouri ST. 131.5
#646 Evansville 3.5
2:00pm
View Pick
#647 Arkansas ST. 147.5
#648 Coastal Carolina -7.5
2:00pm
View Pick
#649 Marquette 155
#650 Georgetown -3.5
2:00pm
View Pick
#651 W. Virginia 125
#652 Kansas ST. 6
2:00pm
View Pick
#653 TCU 134.5
#654 Oklahoma -4
2:00pm
View Pick
#655 Kansas 128.5
#656 Texas 7.5
2:00pm
View Pick
#657 Purdue 123
#658 Maryland -5
2:00pm
View Pick
#659 Elon 139
#660 Delaware -11.5
2:00pm
View Pick
#661 William & Mary 140
#662 Drexel 3.5
2:00pm
View Pick
#663 James Madison 147.5
#664 Towson -8
2:00pm
View Pick
#665 Tulsa 133.5
#666 Tulane -1
2:00pm
View Pick
#667 Toledo 143.5
#668 Akron -5.5
2:00pm
View Pick
#669 St. Bonaventure 129.5
#670 VCU -8.5
2:00pm
View Pick
#671 Colorado 139
#672 Arizona -6
2:30pm
View Pick
#673 Richmond 134.5
#674 George Mason 2.5
2:30pm
View Pick
#679 Rice 142
#680 S. Miss -1
3:00pm
View Pick
#681 Georgia ST. 149
#682 Troy 7
3:00pm
View Pick
#683 UT Arlington 133
#684 UL Monroe 4
3:00pm
View Pick
#689 Missouri 147.5
#690 Alabama -6.5
3:30pm
View Pick
#691 Oregon 132
#692 Washington 1.5
3:45pm
View Pick
#693 Loyola Marymount 138.5
#694 San Francisco -10.5
4:00pm
View Pick
#699 Georgia S. 142.5
#700 S. Alabama -1
4:00pm
View Pick
#703 Saint Mary's 148.5
#704 Pepperdine 6.5
4:00pm
View Pick
#709 UTEP 141
#710 UTSA -1.5
4:00pm
View Pick
#711 UAB 125
#712 FAU -4
4:00pm
View Pick
#713 Houston 137.5
#714 Wichita ST. -3
4:00pm
View Pick
#715 Iowa ST. 139
#716 Texas Tech -8
4:00pm
View Pick
#717 Hofstra 144
#718 Charleston -4
4:00pm
View Pick
#719 Kentucky 136
#720 Arkansas -1.5
4:00pm
View Pick
#721 N. Illinois 137.5
#722 Bowling Green -7
4:00pm
View Pick
#697 Oregon ST. 142
#698 Washington ST. 3.5
4:00pm
View Pick
#727 Arkansas - Little Rock 132.5
#728 Appalachian ST. -1
4:30pm
View Pick
#729 George Washington 139
#730 UMass -5
4:30pm
View Pick
#733 Providence 139.5
#734 Creighton -6.5
4:30pm
View Pick
#735 Charlotte 132.5
#736 W. Kentucky -6
5:00pm
View Pick
#737 Northwestern 130.5
#738 Illinois -11.5
5:00pm
View Pick
#741 N. Texas 132.5
#742 Louisiana Tech -6
5:00pm
View Pick
#749 Fresno ST. 118
#750 Wyoming 5
6:00pm
View Pick
#751 USF 123.5
#752 UCF -3.5
6:00pm
View Pick
#753 Tennessee 136.5
#754 Vanderbilt 5
6:00pm
View Pick
#755 New Mexico 146
#756 UNLV -5.5
6:00pm
View Pick
#757 N. Iowa 138
#758 Bradley
6:00pm
View Pick
#759 UC Davis 150.5
#760 Cal ST. N.ridge -5.5
6:00pm
View Pick
#763 Louisville 136
#764 Duke -7
6:00pm
View Pick
#765 Stanford 134
#766 USC -2
6:30pm
View Pick
#767 Cleveland ST.
#768 N. Kentucky
7:00pm
View Pick
#769 Indiana 142.5
#770 Nebraska 5.5
7:00pm
View Pick
#777 M. Tennessee ST. 154
#778 FIU -8
7:00pm
View Pick
#779 ODU 132.5
#780 Marshall -4
7:00pm
View Pick
#781 Youngstown ST. 145
#782 Wright ST. -12
7:00pm
View Pick
#785 Oakland U 132.5
#786 Wisconsin-Milwaukee
7:00pm
View Pick
#787 N.E. 134
#788 UNCW 7
7:00pm
View Pick
#789 Cal ST. Fullerton 137
#790 Long Beach ST. -1.5
7:00pm
View Pick
#793 Virginia 108.5
#794 Georgia Tech
8:00pm
View Pick
#795 Temple 134
#796 SMU -5
8:00pm
View Pick
#799 LSU 148.5
#800 Ole Miss 3.5
8:00pm
View Pick
#803 Nevada 135.5
#804 San Diego ST. -13
8:00pm
View Pick
#805 Georgia 139
#806 Mississippi St -6.5
8:30pm
View Pick
#807 Utah 146
#808 Arizona ST. -7
9:00pm
View Pick
#811 Pacific 133.5
#812 Santa Clara -4
9:00pm
View Pick
#813 San Diego 134
#814 Portland
10:00pm
View Pick
#815 Cal Riverside 128.5
#816 Cal Irvine -10
10:00pm
View Pick
#819 BYU 155
#820 Gonzaga -13
10:00pm
View Pick
#821 Utah ST. 143
#822 Boise ST. 1.5
10:00pm
View Pick
Saturday, Jan 18
NHL
#59 Washington Capitals 5.5
#60 N.Y. Islanders Islanders 100
1:00pm
View Pick
#61 Arizona Coyotes 5.5
#62 Edmonton Oilers -135
3:00pm
View Pick
#63 St. Louis Blues 6
#64 Colorado Avalanche -145
3:05pm
View Pick
#65 Calgary Flames 6
#66 Ottawa Senators 135
4:05pm
View Pick
#67 Los Angeles Kings 6
#68 Philadelphia Flyers -175
7:05pm
View Pick
#69 Vegas Golden Knights 5.5
#70 Montreal Canadiens 110
7:05pm
View Pick
#71 Chicago Blackhawks 6.5
#72 Toronto Maple Leafs -210
7:05pm
View Pick
#73 Florida Panthers
#74 Detroit Red Wings
7:05pm
View Pick
#75 New Jersey Devils 5.5
#76 Columbus Blue Jackets -195
7:05pm
View Pick
#77 Buffalo Sabres 6
#78 Nashville Predators -190
8:05pm
View Pick
#79 Dallas Stars 5
#80 Minnesota Wild -105
9:05pm
View Pick
#81 San Jose Sharks 6
#82 Vancouver Canucks -165
10:05pm
View Pick
Sunday, Jan 19
NFL
#313 Tennessee Titans 51.5
#314 Kansas City Chiefs -7
3:05pm
View Pick
#311 Green Bay Packers 44.5
#312 49ers -7.5
7:40pm
View Pick
Sunday, Jan 19
NCAAB
#847 Rider
#848 Canisius
2:00pm
View Pick