Ohio State vs Minnesota Prediction: Live Odds, Stats, History & Picks – Thursday, January 12, 2023

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The Minnesota Golden Gophers (6-8, 1-4 Big Ten) will hope to stop a four-game road skid when squaring off against the Ohio State Buckeyes (10-5, 2-3 Big Ten) on Thursday, January 12, 2023 at Value City Arena, airing at 6:30 PM ET.

Ohio State is a double-digit 14.5-point favorite against Minnesota when the Buckeyes face off against the Golden Gophers on Thursday. A 138-point over/under is set for the game.

Ohio State vs. Minnesota Odds

Point Spread for Ohio State vs. Minnesota

The spread for this matchup is set at 14.5 points, with oddsmakers listing Ohio State as the favorite.

Ohio State vs. Minnesota Moneyline

As for the moneyline, Ohio State has -1328 odds to pick up the win, while Minnesota is listed at +771 to claim victory.


Finally, the total for the game is set at 138 points.

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Game Time and How to Watch

  • Game Day: Thursday, January 12, 2023
  • Game Time: 6:30 PM ET
  • Location: Columbus, Ohio
  • Arena: Value City Arena

Ohio State vs. Minnesota Betting Trends

Ohio State is 7-8-0 against the spread this year. The Buckeyes have been victorious in six of the seven contests they have been chosen as favorites in this season. Ohio State has gone over the point total in 71.4% of its opportunities this year (10 times over 14 games with a set point total).

Against the spread, Minnesota is 6-8-0 this year. The Golden Gophers are 1-8 in games they were listed as the moneyline underdog (winning 11.1% of those games). Minnesota has eclipsed the over/under 28.6% of the time this year (four of 14 games with a set point total).

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Ohio State vs. Minnesota Key Players to Watch

Ohio State

Brice Sensabaugh leads his squad in points per game (16.7), and also posts 4.7 rebounds and 1.2 assists. At the other end, he puts up 0.5 steals and 0.5 blocked shots. Zed Key averages a team-best 7.8 rebounds per game. In addition, he’s posting 12.4 points and 1 assist, shooting 62.9% from the floor. Justice Sueing posts 14.1 points, 4.9 rebounds and 2.1 assists per contest. At the other end, he posts 0.8 steals and 0.3 blocked shots.
Bruce Thornton paces his team in assists per contest (3.3), and also puts up 10 points and 3.1 rebounds. At the other end, he puts up 0.8 steals and 0.1 blocked shots.


Ta’Lon Cooper tops the Golden Gophers in assists (6.4 per game), and produces 10.5 points and 3.9 rebounds. He also averages 1.1 steals and 1.1 blocked shots. Dawson Garcia paces the Golden Gophers in scoring (14.6 points per game) and rebounding (6.5), and posts 1.6 assists. He also delivers 0.6 steals and 0.6 blocked shots. The Golden Gophers get 7.5 points, 4.8 rebounds and 1.1 assists per game from Pharrel Payne. Jamison Battle gets the Golden Gophers 13.6 points, 3.9 rebounds and 1.9 assists per game. He also delivers 0.9 steals and 0 blocked shots.

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What you need to know about the Ohio State Buckeyes

Offensively, the Buckeyes are averaging 79.7 points per game (34th-ranked in college basketball). They are ceding 65.9 points per contest on defense (95th-ranked). Ohio State is 34th in the country with 36.3 boards per game this year. Meanwhile, it ranks 101st with 29.7 rebounds allowed per contest.

Ohio State ranks 25th-best in the country with a three-point shooting percentage of 38.4%. It ranks 167th in college basketball by making 7.6 threes per contest. The Buckeyes rank 70th in the nation with 6.2 three-pointers allowed per game so far this year. Meanwhile, they rank 29th with a 29.2% shooting percentage allowed from beyond the arc.

The Buckeyes have gone 6-4 in their past 10 games, with a 5-5 record against the spread during that span. Eight of Ohio State’s last 10 contests have gone over the total. On offense, Ohio State has increased its production slightly over its last 10 games, scoring 79.9 points per contest over that span as opposed to the 79.7 it has racked up over the course of this year. The last 10 games have seen Ohio State allow 3.7 more points per game (69.6) than its season-long average (65.9).

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What you need to know about the Minnesota Golden Gophers

In 2022-23, the Golden Gophers are 19th-worst in the country on offense (64.3 points scored per game) and 135th defensively (67.5 points conceded). Minnesota is 222nd in the nation in rebounds per game (31.6) and 265th in rebounds conceded (32.6).

Beyond the arc, Minnesota is 242nd in the nation in 3-pointers made per game (6.9). It is 206th in 3-point percentage at 33.4%. Defensively, the Golden Gophers are 158th in the country in 3-pointers conceded per game at 7. They are 221st in 3-point percentage conceded at 33.9%.

Ohio State vs. Minnesota Prediction & Pick

Our pick to win this matchup is Ohio State, and we expect that Ohio State will cover the spread (Ohio State -14.5). Finally, we see the scoring in this one going over the posted total of 138 points.

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How to bet Ohio State vs. Minnesota

You can bet on Ohio State vs. Minnesota at every legal online sportsbook. For more college basketball odds, including moneylines, spreads, over/under totals, check out the latest NCAA lines as well as our guide to the best college basketball betting sites.

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Matt Rooney

Matt comes from Chicago and has lived in the area his whole life. Graduated from and played football at Illinois Wesleyan University in Bloomington, IL while also serving as the director of student sports broadcasting. He writes for Betsperts as well as appears on several shows across the network.

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