Nebraska Cornhuskers vs. Ohio State Buckeyes Pick – NCAAM December 30, 2020

We have a big college basketball slate on Wednesday from the early afternoon hours to late in the evening. If you want to do nothing but wager on college basketball, then you can do that beginning at noon on the east coast and until you go to bed. After a slow period around Christmas, the schedule is beginning to heat up again across the country.

Gonzaga stayed undefeated with a 112-67 win over Dixie State on Tuesday night. It’s only Dixie State, but their offense can score on any team in the country. If they’re up against a talented defense, they will just adjust and find where the holes are. When it comes to the NCAA Tournament, upsets are part of the business, though. All it takes is one slip up for the Bulldogs.

In other ranked action on Tuesday, the No. 5 Houston Cougars were upset on the road against Tulsa, 65-64. Fishy line in that game and it was justified with the Golden Hurricane winning as a five-point underdog. That’s a big motivational booster for Tulsa going forward, and a game that Houston will likely respond from in the future. The Cougs will be fine.

In the third ranked game of the night, Iowa handled Northwestern in Iowa City by a score of 87-72 to cover as a double-digit favorite. The public took the bait on Northwestern as a double-digit underdog, but we wisely went with the Hawkeyes who pulled away in the second half for a comfortable win. Iowa are dangerous, though might need to catch a couple of breaks against the likes of Gonzaga, a team they’ve already lost to this year.

There are four games featuring ranked teams on Wednesday. Ohio State is one of them, as the No. 25 Buckeyes welcome the Nebraska Cornhuskers to Columbus tonight. The Buckeyes are off to a nice 7-2 start in the 2020-21 campaign. They are coming off a 71-70 loss on the road against the previously No. 19 Northwestern Wildcats. Not a terrible effort in a tough spot away from home.

Now, Ohio State is back in the friendly confines of the Value City Arena. Nebraska enters on Wednesday with a record of 4-5. They’re coming off a 80-69 loss versus the Michigan Wolverines at home. All three ranked teams they’ve played have resulted in losses, 80-69 against No. 16 Michigan, 67-53 against No. 6 Wisconsin, and 98-74 against No. 11 Creighton. Head below for our free Nebraska vs. Ohio State pick for December 30, 2020.

Nebraska Cornhuskers vs. Ohio State Buckeyes NCAA Betting Odds:

Spread:

  • Nebraska +13 (-110)
  • Ohio St. -13 (-110)
Moneyline:

  • Nebraska OFF
  • Ohio St. OFF
Total:

  • Over 144.5 (-110)
  • Under 144.5 (-110)

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Nebraska vs. Ohio State Prediction:

Nebraska will need to get more production out of their scorers to keep up with the Buckeyes on Wednesday night. They haven’t netted more than 70 points in an outing since December 1 against South Dakota. Well, unless you want to count 110 points against Doane as some kind of accomplishment. The Cornhuskers have scored an average of 77 points per game going into Wednesday, which is awfully deceptive and doesn’t paint a complete picture.

The majority of the points you see there were from beating up on much inferior competition like Doane and McNeese State. Otherwise, the offense has struggled relying pretty well exclusively on Teddy Allen. Allen leads Nebraska with 18.2 points and 5.2 assists per game. He’s been solid from the field at 44%, but needs more help around him to take this mediocre offense into a good unit.

In two games on the road, they were taken down by a score of 98-74 versus Creighton on December 11, and then most recently a 67-53 loss versus Wisconsin on December 22. They are on the road against a Buckeyes team that has yet to lose at home. Ohio State is a perfect 5-0 entering this contest. In their most impressive win, they beat No. 14 Rutgers, 80-68, on December 23.

Ohio State has netted 76.6 points per game through nine games. That doesn’t look as impressive as Nebraska’s 77 points, though Ohio State has had a tougher schedule up to this point. Nebraska on the road has gotten pummeled for an average of 82.5 points against per game. Conversely, Ohio State has been aggressive defensively, with just 60.8 points against in Columbus.

The Buckeyes are winners in four straight against Nebraska and 8-1 in their previous nine tilts. In their most recent meeting, Ohio State blew Nebraska away on the road for a final score of 75-54. Expect more resistance from Nebraska on Wednesday than that, but a 80-63 win looks just about right in favor of the Buckeyes.

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OHIO STATE BUCKEYES -13
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