Maryland at Ohio State NCAA Men’s Basketball Pick – Jan 18th

We got back to our winning ways last night when we backed the Oregon State Beavers against the Arizona Sun Devils. I just saw the Beavers as the better overall team, and I loved backing them getting +5-points, even on the road. The game itself was a tale of two halves as the Beavers couldn’t hit the broad side of a barn in the first half. Points were hard to come by for Oregon State, and at the seventeen-minute mark of the second half, the Beavers had just twenty-two points and trailed by eighteen. This looked like it was going to be a blowout.

Then Tres Tinkle and Stephen Thompson Jr both finally woke up and the Beavers went on a big run to close the gap. After scoring just twenty-two points in the games first twenty-three minutes, the Beavers recovered and scored fifty-five points in the game’s final seventeen minutes. The Beavers cut the lead all the way down to three points and had a good look from three to tie it up at the buzzer but came up just short. Either way, we cashed our ticket.

The win was a huge one for Arizona State as the PAC-12 is wide open and is anybody’s league to win at this point. With the losses by Oregon State and Arizona yesterday, only one team remains unbeaten in league play, the Washington Huskies. It is going to be very interesting to see how this league shakes out the rest of the way, and I wouldn’t be shocked to see the conference of champions get very few NCAA tournament bids. At this point, anything more than two or three bids seem to be a stretch for the way the league is performing. For today’s pick, I switch gears from an underperforming PAC-12 to the overachieving Big 10 as the Maryland Terrapins travel to Columbus to play the Ohio State Buckeyes.

The Ohio State Buckeyes are desperately looking to put a halt to a three-game skid tonight as they host the number nineteen ranked Maryland Terrapins. The Buckeyes came into the season with a lot of question marks but got off to a hot start and found themselves ranked in the top twenty-five nationally. But the Buckeyes have come crashing back to earth in Big 10 league play as they are just 2-3 in conference, losing their last three.

The Maryland Terrapins came into the season with a lot of similar questions as they are a very young team. But unlike the Buckeyes, the Terrapins are dominating league play, running up a 6-1 record with wins over Nebraska, Minnesota, Indiana, and Wisconsin. The Buckeyes are -4.5-point home favorites. The game total over-under is set at 140 points. Tipoff is scheduled for 3:30 PM PST from Value City Arena in Columbus.

On a team that features a lot of young talent, Anthony Cowan Jr. is the veteran leader for the Maryland Terrapins this year. Cowan is a junior guard and is leading the team in scoring at nearly eighteen points a game. He also snags four boards and dishes out four dimes a game as the leader of this upstart Terrapins team. Cowan hit the game-winner in Maryland’s last game against Wisconsin. Against the Badgers, the Terrapins led by twenty-one points only to squander the lead and need Cowan to save the day, which he did.

Ohio State wasn’t expected to really compete for the Big 10 title this season. They lost a huge amount of talent from last year’s team, including All-American Keita Bates Diop. It was supposed to be a rebuilding year for Chris Holtzman in his second year at the helm. But when the Buckeyes started out their season 12-1, many started to wonder if this team was a lot better than we all thought. But the Buckeyes have been humbled since starting Big 10 play as they have lost to Michigan State, Iowa, and Rutgers.

The star for the Buckeyes this season has been sophomore Kaleb Wesson. Wesson is leading the Buckeyes in scoring at sixteen points a game. But his issue has been staying out of foul trouble. Wesson has really struggled to stay on the floor recently, and it has really hurt the team. If Ohio State wants to survive this one, they will need Wesson to stay on the floor all game long.

This is a weird number. I have seen this number anywhere from Ohio State -3 to Ohio State -4.5, depending on where you look. When you see big gaps in spreads like this one, line shopping becomes that much more important. If the difference between a winning and a losing bet is a point or two, you will feel very stupid for not shopping around a bit and getting the best number available. Generally, most of the books come to somewhat of a consensus on a spread, but occasionally a game like this one will pop up where there are major discrepancies. You need to take advantage of it, and that is just what I will do tonight. Give me the Maryland Terrapins +4.5-points tonight in Columbus!

The Bet: Maryland Terrapins +4.5 points


Jason Gray / Author

Jason is a true Las Vegas insider as he has called the sports betting capital of the world his home for sixteen years. Jason started out his career in gaming by running the biggest poker tournaments in the world and managing some of the biggest sportsbooks on the strip. Jason has transitioned out of casino operations and has been covering sports betting for the sports geek for just over two years. His main focus is on baseball, college basketball, and the NFL