Ohio State vs. Indiana NCAA Basketball Odds, Preview and Prediction

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Ohio State Buckeyes mascot, Brutus, crowd surfs after the 71-66 upset win over Duke. Emilee Chinn/Getty Images/AFP

Ohio State looks to keep a good run going on Thursday’s sports betting calendar when the Buckeyes travel to Indiana to meet the Hoosiers in a Big Ten battle.

Ohio State Buckeyes vs. Indiana Hoosiers

Thursday, January 06, 2022 – 07:00 PM EST at Simon Skjodt Assembly Hall

It has been a very nice run of five consecutive wins for Ohio State in advance of Thursday’s road trip into Bloomington to face Indiana. The streak started with an upset win over then-No. 1 Duke and includes three wins to begin the Big Ten campaign. Of course, we’re reminded the victory over the Blue Devils came at the end of November, and only one victory in the string has come in the last 25 days following a prolonged break brought on by the virus.

Indiana also lost a contest to the Wuhan flu, though not within the Hoosiers’ program, and will be looking to pull back to even on the conference slate with this matchup. The Hoosiers haven’t given us much to get excited about despite already sitting being on the winning side of NCAAB scores 10 times, a win over Notre Dame is the closest thing to a meaningful triumph.

Buckeyes Frosh Branham Coming Off Huge Game

Couch potatoes like myself can catch the action from the old Assembly Hall on FS1, and that action includes the home side being favored by 2-2½ points. The NCAAB odds also have options of 137-138 points for the totals, and the two sides have been trending in opposite directions in that column.

It was shortly after a great effort in a 73-55 over Wisconsin that the virus shut Ohio State down. The only big loss on the schedule was the matchup with Kentucky at the CBS Sports Classic in Las Vegas, but the Buckeyes also lost contests against Tennessee-Martin and New Orleans as they sat idle for 21 days.

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Chris Holtmann’s crew had some rust to knock off this past Sunday in Lincoln where a pesky Nebraska squad took the Buckeyes into overtime before Ohio State managed to escape with an 87-79 win. Though they proved to be the tougher of the two sides in OT, the Buckeyes weren’t quite able to cover the 9½-point spread oddsmakers burdened them with.

One player who was not bothered by the effects of the flu or the layoff was Malaki Branham. The homegrown freshman exploded for 35 points against the Cornhuskers after not scoring more than 11 in any previous games. The performance was enough for Branham to capture Big Ten Freshman of the Week honors.

Jackson-Davis 37th in Nation With 19.3 PPG

Approaching the midway point in his first season at the helm of his alma mater, Mike Woodson’s report card is a mix of good and not-so-good grades. Taking down Ohio State would be his first big win on what has otherwise been a schedule leaning to the weak side.

It would certainly help make up for the 61-58 setback last weekend at Penn State where BetOnline (visit our BetOnline Review) closed the Hoosiers 5-point road chalk. Indiana let the Nittany Lions go on a 15-5 run in the second half that sealed the Hoosiers’ fate for all intents and purposes, and they shot poorly (4-17) from 3-point range while getting consistently outmuscled on the glass.

Trayce Jackson-Davis had his usual A-game with 20 points to lead the Hoosiers. It was the 10th time in 13 games the third-year sophomore paced Indiana on the scoreboard, and that consistency has Jackson-Davis on the midseason top 25 chart watch list for the Wooden Award.

Teams Meeting for 196th Time

Indiana owns a comfortable 108-87 advantage over Ohio State in the rivalry, but the Buckeyes have been cutting into that margin by winning six of the last seven matchups. Ohio State has also covered four of the last five clashes, including each of the last two as 7-point chalk. Three of the last four meetings in Bloomington never reached the totals set by top sportsbooks.

The only meeting on last season’s slate took place in Columbus where the Buckeyes cruised to a pretty easy 78-59 win over the Hoosiers. Ohio State took the lead for a good 4½ minutes into the game and Indiana never really put up much of a fight after that. The final went past a 136½-point total by the slimmest of margins.

The Pick

Ohio State has struggled a bit outside of Columbus, but surviving that overtime test in a rowdy Lincoln arena last weekend should give the Buckeyes a little extra boost of confidence going into Bloomington. Let’s run with a college basketball pick on the visitors.

NCAAB Pick: Ohio State +2½ (-110) at BetOnline

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