Ohio State vs Nebraska Prediction: Picks, Live Odds & Moneyline – Wednesday, January 18, 2023

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The Ohio State Buckeyes (10-7, 2-5 Big Ten) aim to stop a four-game losing skid when visiting the Nebraska Cornhuskers (9-9, 3-5 Big Ten) at 7:00 PM ET on Wednesday, January 18, 2023 at Pinnacle Bank Arena.

Wednesday’s matchup between the Buckeyes and the Cornhuskers sees the Buckeyes as 6-point favorites. The game’s point total is 137.5.

Ohio State vs. Nebraska Odds

Point Spread for Ohio State vs. Nebraska

The spread for this matchup is set at 6 points, with bookmakers listing Ohio State as the favorite.

Ohio State vs. Nebraska Moneyline

As for the moneyline, Ohio State has -262 odds to pick up the win, while Nebraska is listed at +211 to claim victory.

Over/Under

Finally, the total for the game is set at 137.5 points.

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Game Time and How to Watch

  • Game Day: Wednesday, January 18, 2023
  • Game Time: 7:00 PM ET
  • Location: Lincoln, Nebraska
  • Arena: Pinnacle Bank Arena

Ohio State vs. Nebraska Betting Trends

Ohio State has seven wins against the spread in 17 games this year. The Buckeyes have won in six of the eight contests they have been named as odds-on favorites in this year. Ohio State’s games this year have gone over the point total 55.6% of the time (10 out of 18 games with a set point total).

In Nebraska’s 18 games this year, it has six wins against the spread. The Cornhuskers have won two of the 11 games they were listed as the moneyline underdog this season (18.2%). Nebraska’s games this season have hit the over four times in 18 opportunities (22.2%).

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Ohio State vs. Nebraska Key Players to Watch

Ohio State

Brice Sensabaugh leads the Buckeyes with 16.9 points per contest and 1.1 assists, while also putting up 5.4 rebounds. Zed Key leads his team in rebounds per contest (7.9), and also puts up 12.2 points and 0.9 assists. Defensively, he delivers 0.5 steals and 1.1 blocked shots. Justice Sueing puts up 13.6 points, 4.8 rebounds and 2.1 assists per game. At the other end, he posts 0.7 steals and 0.3 blocked shots.
Bruce Thornton paces his squad in assists per contest (3.1), and also puts up 9.6 points and 3.2 rebounds. Defensively, he delivers 0.8 steals and 0.1 blocked shots.

Nebraska

Sam Griesel is No. 1 on the Cornhuskers in assists (4.2 per game), and puts up 11.1 points and 5.4 rebounds. He also averages 1.2 steals and 0.1 blocked shots. The Cornhuskers receive 9.5 points, 6.5 rebounds and 0.8 assists per game from Juwan Gary. Derrick Walker is posting team highs in points (14.1 per game) and rebounds (7.7). And he is producing 3.2 assists, making 60.4% of his shots from the field. Emmanuel Bandoumel gets the Cornhuskers 8.9 points, 5.1 rebounds and 2.3 assists per game. He also puts up 0.9 steals and 0.2 blocked shots.

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What you need to know about the Ohio State Buckeyes

So far this season, the Buckeyes are posting 78 points per game (53rd-ranked in college basketball) and giving up 66.3 points per contest (97th-ranked). Ohio State is allowing 30.3 boards per game this year (135th-ranked in college basketball), but it has shined by grabbing 36.4 rebounds per game (24th-best).

The Buckeyes post 80.2 points per game in home games, compared to 70.5 points per game in road games, a difference of 9.7 points per contest. Ohio State ranks 18th-best in the nation with a three-point shooting percentage of 38.7%. It ranks 179th in college basketball by sinking 7.5 three-pointers per contest. The Buckeyes rank 22nd-best in the nation by allowing a three-point shooting percentage of 29.1% to opposing teams. They rank 67th in college basketball by ceding 6.2 three-pointers per contest.

The Buckeyes are 4-6 against the spread and 5-5 overall in their past 10 contests. Ohio State has gone over the total in six of its past 10 games. Ohio State has seen a downturn in scoring lately, racking up 77.8 points per game in its last 10 contests, 0.2 points fewer than the 78 it has scored this year. The last 10 games have seen Ohio State concede 1.7 more points per game (68) than its season-long average (66.3).

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What you need to know about the Nebraska Cornhuskers

In 2022-23, the Cornhuskers are 310th in the country on offense (66.4 points scored per game) and 121st on defense (67.2 points allowed). In 2022-23, Nebraska is 120th in college basketball in rebounds (33.6 per game) and 258th in rebounds allowed (32.5).

At home, the Cornhuskers average 72.1 points per game. Away, they score 61.7. With 6.1 made 3-pointers per game and shooting 30.1% from downtown, Nebraska is 304th and 330th in the nation, respectively, in those categories. Defensively, the Cornhuskers are 307th in college basketball in 3-pointers allowed per game at 8.4. They are 136th in 3-point percentage allowed at 32.5%.

The Cornhuskers are 3-7 against the spread and 4-6 overall in their past 10 contests. In Nebraska’s past 10 contests, it has hit the over twice. While Nebraska is posting 66.4 points per game in 2022-23, it has fallen short of that in its past 10 games, amassing 62.9 points per contest. While the Cornhuskers are surrendering 67.2 points per game in 2022-23, they have been worse over their previous 10 games, allowing 68.7 points per contest.

Ohio State vs. Nebraska Prediction & Pick

Our prediction to win this matchup is Ohio State, and we expect that Nebraska will cover the spread (Ohio State -6). Finally, we see the scoring in this one going over the posted total of 137.5 points.

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How to bet Ohio State vs. Nebraska

You can bet on Ohio State vs. Nebraska 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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WRITTEN BY

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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