Rutgers Scarlet Knights vs. Ohio State Buckeyes: January 9, 2021 Betting Preview, Predictions, Computer Picks, Odds and Trends

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The Ohio State Buckeyes (8-3) are 3.5-point underdogs as they try to break a three-game road losing streak when they take on the No. 15 Rutgers Scarlet Knights (7-3) on Saturday, January 9, 2021 at Rutgers Athletic Center. The game airs at 12:00 PM ET on BTN. The matchup has an over/under of 139.5 points.

Betting Information

Rutgers vs Ohio State Betting Information
Favorite Spread Favorite Spread Odds Underdog Spread Odds Total Over Total Odds Under Total Odds Favorite Moneyline Underdog Moneyline
Rutgers -3.5 -113 -109 139.5 -109 -113 -175 140

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ATS Over/Under Score Prediction
Ohio State (+3.5) Over (139.5) Rutgers 74 Ohio State 71

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Total Facts

  • The Scarlet Knights and their opponents have combined to put up more than 139.5 points in 70% of their games this year (seven of 10 opportunities).
  • In six of 11 opportunities (54.5%) this year, Ohio State has combined with its opponents to score at least 139.5 points.
  • The two teams average a combined 13.3 more points per game (152.8) than this game’s over/under of 139.5 points.
  • Opponents of the two teams average a combined 2.1 less points per game (137.4) than this matchup’s over/under of 139.5 points.
  • The average over/under the Scarlet Knights have had set in games this season is 8.2 more points than this outing’s point total.
  • Buckeyes games this season have averaged an over/under of 142.5 points, 3.0 more than the point total in this matchup.

Scoring Betting Tips

  • The Scarlet Knights score 10.3 more points per game (76.5) than the Buckeyes allow (66.2).
  • Rutgers has a 7-2 record overall and a 5-0 record against the spread when putting up more than 66.2 points.
  • Ohio State has a 0-2 record against the spread and a 1-1 record overall when giving up more than 76.5 points.
  • The Buckeyes average 5.1 more points per game (76.3) than the Scarlet Knights give up to opponents (71.2).
  • Ohio State is 7-0 overall and 5-0 against the spread in games it scores more than 71.2 points.
  • Rutgers has a 1-2 record overall and an ATS record of 2-1 in games when its opponents put up more than 76.3 points.
  • The Scarlet Knights have out-scored their opponents by a total of 53 points this season (5.3 points per game on average), and the Buckeyes have put up 111 more points than their opponents on the year (10.1 per game).

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Rutgers Betting Information

  • Rutgers has earned an even 5-5 record against the spread this season.
  • When favored by at least 3.5 points, the Scarlet Knights have struggled to a 1-3 record ATS this season.
  • More often than not, Rutgers and its foes have united to reach the over, cashing in on 6 of 10 chances this season.

Ohio State Betting Information

  • Ohio State has a losing record against the spread, going 5-6 ATS (covering only 45.5% of the time).
  • When they play as at least 3.5-point underdogs, the Buckeyes have a record ATS of 4-3.
  • Ohio State and its opponents have hit the over in less than half of their games this season — 4 of 11 (36.4%).

Head to Head

Rutgers vs Ohio State (Last 4 Games)
Date Favorite Spread Total Favorite Moneyline Underdog Moneyline Game Type Result
12/23/2020 Ohio State -3.5 136.5 -175 +143 Regular Season 80-68 OSU
2/12/2020 Ohio State -5.5 128.5 -250 +200 Regular Season 72-66 OSU
2/2/2019 N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A Regular Season 76-62 OSU
1/9/2019 N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A Regular Season 64-61 RUTGERS

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Rutgers Leaders

  • The scoring leader for the Scarlet Knights this season is Ron Harper Jr., who averages 21.1 points, 6.4 rebounds, and 2.0 assists per game.
  • Myles Johnson is Rutgers’ leading rebounder, grabbing 8.5 per game, while Jacob Young is its best passer, distributing 4.8 assists in each contest.
  • Harper leads the Scarlet Knights in three-point shooting, knocking down an average of 3.2 shots per game from beyond the arc.
  • Young is the Scarlet Knights leader in steals, averaging 2.4 steals per game, while Johnson leads them in blocks with 2.1 per contest.

Ohio State Leaders

  • Duane Washington Jr. averages 14.9 points per game and is the top scorer for the Buckeyes.
  • Kyle Young has a stat line of 6.4 rebounds, 7.5 points and 1.0 assist per game for Ohio State to take the top rebound spot on the team. CJ Walker holds the top spot for assists with 4.2 per game, adding 8.7 points and 2.8 rebounds per outing.
  • Washington leads the Buckeyes in three-point shooting with an average of 2.7 made threes per game.
  • E.J. Liddell’s stat line of 1.1 steals and 1.3 blocks per game put him at the top of the team’s steals and blocks leaderboards.
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