Cleveland State Vikings vs. Ohio State Buckeyes Pick – NCAAM December 13, 2020

Sunday isn’t the biggest day for college basketball, but there are some good matchups to be had out there. Penn State and Michigan in Ann Arbor should be a really good one, while Richmond and West Virginia should prove to be an intriguing matchup as well. Texas and Baylor would have made for a quality showdown, too, but that one has been called off because of Covid-19.

Baylor is regarded as one of the best teams in the country, and Texas has been solid for a No. 13 ranking in the NCAA. Unfortunately, that one will have to wait, as it’s been postponed. When it comes to basketball, games are much easier to make up than football, so that’s certainly a positive.

We are going to be heading to Ohio on Sunday where an interstate battle between the Cleveland State Vikings and Ohio State Buckeyes will take place at Value City Arena. Cleveland State will be looking for their first win of the season on Sunday. It would be a massive upset if the Vikings can pull it off against the Vikings.

It will certainly be tough, and probably require Ohio State to be looking ahead, but crazier things have happened than a 24-point underdog win straight up. They are going to have to be exceptionally better than they were in their first two games, though. Cleveland State are coming off a downright ugly performance against the Ohio Bobcats last Sunday.

The Vikings were blasted by a score of 101-46. They haven’t played in a week because of scheduling over Covid-19. Cleveland State has had all week to think about how badly they played, but the Vikings could also be a rusty bunch on Sunday at Ohio State University. Following a 11-21 campaign a season ago, Cleveland is just looking for any sign of progress, and they haven’t succeeded so far.

Ohio State are in a wide open Big Ten and have just as good a chance of winning the conference as several other schools. They enter Sunday ranked the No. 22 team in the country. A win over Cleveland State isn’t going to move the needle in their favor, but a poor showing could hurt. Head below for our free Cleveland State vs. Ohio State pick for December 13, 2020.

Cleveland State Vikings vs. Ohio State Buckeyes NCAA Betting Odds:

Spread:

  • Cleveland St. +23.5 (-115)
  • Ohio St. -23.5 (-105)
Moneyline:

  • Cleveland St. OFF
  • Ohio St. OFF
Total:

  • Over 139 (-110)
  • Under 139 (-110)

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Cleveland State vs. Ohio State Prediction:

Cleveland State opened the season with a 70-61 loss against the Toledo Rockets. They put together an impressive first half. The Vikings ran away with a 35-23 lead and it looked like they were going to pull off a decent upset. However, since that half, Cleveland State has been completely outmatched.

The Vikings lost the second half, 47-26, and then were blown out against an average Ohio team. The Bobcats destroyed Cleveland State for a 51-25 lead at halftime, and then it continued in the second for a score of 50-21. Cleveland State did not have one scorer in double digits in that game. There were two players that scored 7 points and that’s it for the Vikings.

After a week off, is Cleveland State going to show signs of life in Columbus against the Buckeyes? The Vikings weren’t good at all last season, so this could just be who they are. Finding a response and bounce back performance likely won’t be easy. Cleveland State had one of the worst offenses in the country last year. They managed just 64.2 points per game for 327th out of 353 schools in the NCAA.

The Buckeyes have gotten off to a quick 4-0 start, including a nice 90-85 win over the Notre Dame Fighting Irish in their last outing on December 8. Prior to that win, they smacked a Morehead State team, who is likely better than Cleveland State, by a score of 77-44. The Buckeyes have four legitimate starters that can score the basketball. Justin Ahrens off the bench provides an additional scorer for the Buckeyes.

I can’t see the Vikings keeping pace on Sunday in Columbus. It’s hard to play worse than they did against the Bobcats, but they are going to need a lot better to keep this game within reaching distance. Expect Ohio State to take an early lead, and then pull away for an easy victory and cover at home versus Cleveland State.

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OHIO STATE BUCKEYES -23.5
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