Archie Miller walked into a depressed Indiana Hoosiers college basketball program that had run out of gas after nine years under head coach Tom Crean. Miller developed a solid offshore betting reputation for leading the Dayton Flyers to the Big Dance in his last four years there. But Miller has discovered that there will be no quick fix at Indiana and the buildout will take years. It has been a different experience for first year Ohio State coach Chris Holtman. Holtman has the Buckeyes off and running with a better than expected season so far.
Indiana Hoosiers vs. Ohio State Buckeyes
Date and Time: Tuesday, January 30, 2018, 7 p.m. Eastern
Location: Value City Arena, Columbus, Ohio
NCAA Betting Online Odds at SBG: Ohio State -11.5
Hoosiers vs. Buckeyes TV Coverage: ESPN2
The Indiana Hoosiers are 12-10 straight up and 12-10 against the spread with an uptick in play lately. IU has covered the offshore betting odds in eight out of their last ten games. In that same ten game span the Hoosiers have gone over the total just one time. While IU is playing better they have lost their last two games straight up. On the road at Illinois Archie Miller’s squad got the money in a 73-71 loss as 2.5 point dogs. That was followed by a 74-67 home loss to the hated intrastate rival, powerful Purdue, as 8.5 point home dogs. On both offense and defense the Hoosiers have mediocre numbers. Their roster lacks the skill and depth for the long haul. Miller’s job is to take recruiting up several notches going forward.
Chris Holtman has done a remarkable job in his first year at Ohio State although there was more left in the cupboard for him that was the case for Miller. Ohio State has a record of 18-5 straight up and 11-10 against the spread. The Bucks are just one half game behind Purdue for the lead of the Big Ten Conference. As well as things have gone for Ohio State they are coming off an 82-79 stink bomb home loss to Penn State as 9.5 point chalks. The under has hit in four out of the last five games for the Buckeyes. Home court has not been an advantage for OSU as evidenced by their mark of 5-7 against the spread. Junior forward Keita Bates Diop leads OSU with 20 points and nine rebounds per game.
Team vs. Team
The Indiana Hoosiers have had the online sportsbook edge against the Ohio State Buckeyes recently with four straight up wins and payouts in the last five meetings. This series has gone under the total in three out of the last four games. But at the Value City Arena, the Buckeyes have dominated the cashier’s cage with five payouts in their last seven games against Indiana. Just one out of the last five meetings in this series at Ohio State have gone over the total.
Matchup to Watch
This Offshore betting matchup comes down to the superior talent of the Ohio State Buckeyes on both ends of the floor. Indiana is simply out manned here.
Hoosiers vs. Buckeyes NCAA games Betting Odds Picks
The edge in value and momentum, not to mention talent, is with Ohio State.
NCAA Betting Online Pick: Ohio State Buckeyes -11.5
NCAA Betting Online Score Prediction: Buckeyes 85, Hoosiers 71