Nebraska vs Ohio State 2020 College Basketball Betting Lines & Analysis.

Nebraska vs Ohio State 2020 College Basketball Betting Lines & Analysis

Written by on January 14, 2020

The first game on Tuesday’s college basketball schedule is from the Big Ten as No. 21 Ohio State, which is suddenly swooning, welcomes Nebraska, with the Buckeyes as heavy favorites on the Mybookie NCAAB odds.

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Nebraska vs Ohio State Last Meeting

The teams played once last season and Nebraska lost 70-60 at home. Luther Muhammad scored 18 of his career-high 24 points in the second half, including two 3-pointers during a 20-5 run that propelled the Buckeyes. Ohio State started breaking open the game after Nebraska took its last lead, 38-36. The Buckeyes badly beat the Huskers on the boards, 45-31 overall and 14-7 on the offensive end. James Palmer and Glynn Watson Jr. combined for 37 points to lead the Cornhuskers. They shot just 36.2 percent.

Ohio State leads the all-time series with Nebraska 16-4. The Buckeyes are 8-1 in Columbus and 6-2 in Lincoln. The teams have met three times on a neutral court with Ohio State owning a 2-1 record.

Why Bet on Nebraska?

The Huskers (7-9) are off a 62-57 loss at Northwestern on Saturday as the Wildcats snapped a five-game skid. Northwestern used a 16-1 first-half run to build its 15-point halftime lead before hanging on down the stretch.

Nebraska’s Cam Mack banked a 3 from the right to cut it to 60-57 with 51 seconds left but the Huskers couldn’t score again. The Wildcats matched a season high by making 10 of 29 3-pointers, though they cooled off in a big way after a scorching start. They went from making 8 of 14 in the first half to 2 of 15 in the second against a tighter defense.

Mack Attack

Cam Mack produced another double-double for the Huskers, pacing the Big Red with 11 points, 10 rebounds and seven assists. In his first four career Big Ten games, Mack produced the first triple-double in Nebraska men’s basketball history against Purdue and tallied a pair of points-assists double-doubles against Indiana and Iowa before producing a points-rebounds double-double against Northwestern. He has a total of five double-doubles in his debut season.

Mack has been one of the Big Ten’s top newcomers, averaging 12.7 points, 6.8 assists and 4.9 rebounds per game, as the sophomore is third in the conference in assists and assist-to-turnover ratio (2.5-to-1). He has raised his play in Big Ten action, averaging a conference best 9.0 assists per game and posting a 3.5-to-1 assist-to-turnover ratio.

Freshman Kevin Cross averaged 10.0 points and 5.0 rebounds per game in Nebraska’s two games last week. Cross, who has been the Huskers’ first sub off the bench, is averaging 7.3 points and 4.4 points per game while playing 19 minutes per game. Thorir Thorbjarnarson is third in the Big Ten in 3-point percentage entering Tuesday’s game. He is 22-of-48 from long range this season after going a combined 6-of-28 behind the 3-point stripe in his first two years.

Team Stats

  • Total Score: 72.75
  • Field Goal Percentage: 41.75
  • Three-Point Percentage: 33.25
  • Free Throw Percentage: 58.93
  • Total Rebounds: 36.63


  • Total Score: 74.06
  • Field Goal Percentage: 42.17
  • Three-Point Percentage: 28.33
  • Free Throw Percentage: 66.01
  • Total Rebounds: 47.06

Why Bet on Ohio State?

OSU (11-5) was in the Top 5 of the polls but has dropped thanks to a four-game skid. It was beaten 66-54 at Indiana on Saturday. After rallying to a 34-31 halftime lead, the Buckeyes gave it away by missing their first shots of the second half. And when the Hoosiers overcame their own scoring droughts, they scraped together a 14-1 run that gave them a 57-46 lead with 5:49 to play. The Buckeyes haven’t scored 60 or more points since Dec. 21. On Saturday, they finished with 16 turnovers and were 2 of 14 on 3s in the second half.

Indiana shot 40.8 percent (20-for-49) from the field while limiting the Buckeyes to 32.7 percent (17-for-52) as Ohio State turned it over 16 times to 11 for the Hoosiers. Andre Wesson led Ohio State with 15 points to go along with seven boards while Kaleb Wesson tallied a double-double with 11 points and 10 rebounds and D.J. Carton scored 10. Kyle Young made his first start after returning from an appendectomy. OSU remains stuck on 1,899 career wins.

OSU Numbers

Ohio State has 59 players all-time with 1,000 or more career points, the ninth-most nationally and the most of any Big Ten school. Kaleb Wesson is the most recent Buckeye to reach the milestone with 1,038 career points over his career.

Nebraska vs Ohio State should be an easy one for the Buckeyes.

In three seasons as Ohio State head coach, Chris Holtmann teams have made 10 or more 3s 20 times (14-6 record). Ohio State made 10+ from distance five times in 2017-18 and posted a 4-1 record in those games. The Buckeyes were 5-5 in 2018-19 and are 5-0 this year when make 10+ 3-pointers.

The Buckeyes have made 30 or more field goals six times this year (6-0) after doing so three times a season ago (3-0). Holtmann’s Ohio State teams have scored 30 or more FGs in 21 games during his tenure (20-1) after doing so 12 times in his first year (12-1). Ohio State has won its last eight games when reach at least 30 FGs made.

Team Stats

  • Total Score: 73.44
  • Field Goal Percentage: 45.29
  • Three-Point Percentage: 37.74
  • Free Throw Percentage: 72.43
  • Total Rebounds: 39.31


  • Total Score: 59.38
  • Field Goal Percentage: 36.53
  • Three-Point Percentage: 31.27
  • Free Throw Percentage: 64.31
  • Total Rebounds: 32.31

Nebraska vs Ohio State 2020 College Basketball Betting Trends

  • Cornhuskers are 0-11 SU in their last 11 games on the road
  • Cornhuskers are 8-1 ATS in their last 9 games against an opponent in the Big Ten conference
  • The total has gone UNDER in 5 of Nebraska’s last 5 games played in January
  • Buckeyes are 9-1 SU in their last 10 games at home
  • Buckeyes are 2-4 ATS in their last 6 games played on a Tuesday
  • The total has gone UNDER in 5 of Ohio State’s last 5 games played in January

Expert Final Score Prediction for Nebraska vs Ohio State

Nebraska 64 – Ohio State 78