Northwestern Wildcats vs. Ohio State Buckeyes Pick – NCAAM January 13, 2021

There is more Big Ten action on the schedule Wednesday night after an exciting battle in Ann Arbor last night. Well, exciting if you are a fan of the Michigan Wolverines. Michigan pounded a good Wisconsin team by a score of 77-54 in Ann Arbor at the Crisler Center. Juwan Howard has those boys playing good basketball, and he didn’t need much time as the new head coach at Michigan to have this team playing like one of the best in the country.

The scary part is that Michigan probably hasn’t reached their peak. The Wolverines currently have the No. 1 recruiting class for next season. They are going absolutely nowhere in the Big Ten.Is there anyone to compete with Michigan this season? I’d say that Luka Garza of Iowa and Hunter Dickinson matching up would be interesting. Fortunately for Michigan, Dickinson is far more athletic than Garza.

Garza is a sharp shooting big man, but Dickinson is capable of doing a lot more. He’s big and can move, unlike Garza who is slow and doesn’t move too quickly. That said, Iowa is a good team and they deserve their record of 11-2. Another team that could pull off an upset against Michigan is their rival, the Ohio State Buckeyes. It’s likely going to require a perfect night from Ohio State to beat Michigan, but this is a good team that could score an upset if they’re locked in.

Ohio State goes into Wednesday night with a record of 9-3 and a perfect 6-0 at home. The No. 21 Buckeyes are coming off a 79-68 win over a decent Rutgers team on the road. It was a nice response from Ohio State after they were cut down by the Minnesota Golden Gophers, 77-60, on January 3. Ohio State will be back home at Value City Arena for the first time in 2021. Their last home game was a 90-54 win over the Nebraska Cornhuskers. They’ve been flawless in Columbus, and will need a win over the 6-4 Northwestern Wildcats to stay undefeated. Head below for our free Northwestern vs. Ohio State pick on January 13, 2021.

Northwestern Wildcats vs. Ohio State Buckeyes NCAA Betting Odds:

Spread:

  • Northwestern +8 (-110)
  • Ohio St. -8 (-110)
Moneyline:

  • Northwestern OFF
  • Ohio St. OFF
Total:

  • Over 142 (-110)
  • Under 142 (-110)

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Northwestern vs. Ohio State Prediction:

This is the second meeting between Northwestern and Ohio State in the 2020-21 campaign. In the first, Northwestern were on the winning end with a 71-70 win at home on December 26. Miller Koop had a big game, as he put up 23 points in the winning cause. Ohio State has been a pedestrian team on the road this season, so Northwestern is going to have to bring it on Wednesday night. Failing to show interest in the Buckeyes tonight will undoubtedly result in a blowout. The Wildcats are coming off a loss in a blowout against the Illinois Fighting Illini on January 7.

Northwestern just stopped playing in that game after jumping out to a lead in the first-half. They were up 43-28 at halftime and then gave up going into the second. That’s on head coach Chris Collins. He can’t let his team get too comfortable at halftime and that’s what happened. Illinois came out with adjustments and were the much better team. Northwestern offered zero resistance, as they were beaten 53-13 in the second-half. That was incredibly discouraging from the Wildcats, as their 42-28 lead turned into a 81-56 loss.

The Wildcats have scored 79.1 points per game for 65th in the NCAA. They’ve conceded 68.9 per game for 155th. Their numbers drop off on the road, though, with 70.7 points scored and 79.7 points against per game. If they bring that same effort to Columbus, Ohio State should be able to pull away from Northwestern in this one. The Buckeyes have been a different team at home, with a record of 6-0 as opposed to 2-3 on the road.

They’ve netted 80.3 points per game, and conceded only 59.7 points per game at home in 2020-21. Northwestern has looked deflated recently. Along with getting blown out after leading 42-28, the Wildcats were blown out 85-66 against the Wolverines prior to the loss in Illinois. I’m not so confident in Northwestern flipping a switch in Columbus on Wednesday. Not against this Buckeyes team who has proven to be a tricky opponent at Value City Arena. I like Ohio State by double digits in this matchup, so laying the points looks like the play here.

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