Ohio State vs Northwestern Prediction: Odds, Picks, Best Bets – Thursday, February 9, 2023

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The Ohio State Buckeyes (11-12, 3-9 Big Ten) will be attempting to halt a four-game losing skid when hosting the Northwestern Wildcats (16-7, 7-5 Big Ten) on Thursday, February 9, 2023 at Value City Arena. It will air at 8:00 PM ET on Fox Sports 1.

The Buckeyes are currently 5.5-point favorites against the Wildcats. The over/under for the game is 136.

Ohio State vs. Northwestern Odds

Point Spread for Ohio State vs. Northwestern

The spread for this matchup is set at 5.5 points, with sportsbooks listing Ohio State as the favorite.

Ohio State vs. Northwestern Moneyline

As for the moneyline, Ohio State has -230 odds to pick up the win, while Northwestern is listed at +188 to claim victory.


Finally, the total for the game is set at 136 points.

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Game Time and How to Watch

  • Game Day: Thursday, February 9, 2023
  • Game Time: 8:00 PM ET
  • TV Channel: Fox Sports 1
  • Location: Columbus, Ohio
  • Arena: Value City Arena

Ohio State vs. Northwestern Betting Trends

Against the spread, Ohio State is 8-15-0 this season. The Buckeyes have been chosen as favorites in 11 games this year and have walked away with the win seven times (63.6%) in those games. Ohio State’s games this year have hit the over on 13 of 23 set point totals.

Northwestern is 13-10-0 against the spread this season. The Wildcats have won four of the nine games they were listed as the moneyline underdog this season (44.4%). Northwestern’s games this year have hit the over on 10 of 23 set point totals (43.5%).

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Ohio State vs. Northwestern Key Players to Watch

Ohio State

Brice Sensabaugh is tops on the Buckeyes at 17.3 points per contest, while also putting up 1 assists and 5.6 rebounds. Zed Key puts up a team-leading 7.7 rebounds per game. In addition, he’s posting 11.6 points and 0.8 assists, shooting 54.8% from the floor. Justice Sueing is putting up 12.4 points, 1.9 assists and 4.8 rebounds per game. Bruce Thornton is averaging 8.9 points, 2.6 assists and 2.7 rebounds per game.


Chase Audige is putting up 15.3 points, 3.4 rebounds and 3 assists per contest, making 39.2% of his shots from the field and 33.6% from beyond the arc, with 2 triples per contest. Ty Berry is posting 8.9 points, 4.7 rebounds and 1.2 assists per game, making 37% of his shots from the floor and 31.6% from 3-point range, with 1.6 treys per contest. The Wildcats get 8.7 points, 5.1 rebounds and 0.7 assists per game from Robbie Beran.

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What you need to know about the Ohio State Buckeyes

Ohio State and its Big Ten opponents have combined to hit the over five out of 12 times this season. With 75.6 points per game on offense, the Buckeyes rank 88th in college basketball. At the other end of the court, they cede 68 points per contest, which ranks 133rd in college basketball. So far this season, Ohio State is pulling down 35.4 rebounds per game (32nd-ranked in college basketball) and giving up 30.9 rebounds per contest (163rd-ranked).

The Buckeyes are putting up 79.5 points per game at home. On the road, they are averaging 67.6 points per contest. This season, Ohio State is sinking 6.9 treys per game (238th-ranked in college basketball) and is shooting 37.6% (31st-ranked) from downtown. The Buckeyes rank 108th in college basketball with 6.6 threes allowed per game so far this season. Meanwhile, they rank 30th with a 30.4% shooting percentage allowed from three-point land.

In their last 10 games, the Buckeyes have one win against the spread, and are 1-9 overall. In its past 10 contests, Ohio State has hit the over five times. Ohio State has seen a decrease in scoring recently, racking up 68.5 points per game in its last 10 contests, 7.1 points fewer than the 75.6 it has scored this season. Ohio State has been more porous on the defensive side of the ball as of late, allowing 72.6 points per game over its past 10 outings compared to the 68 points per game its opponents are averaging over the 2022-23 season.

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What you need to know about the Northwestern Wildcats

Northwestern is 7-5-0 ATS in conference play this season. Offensively, the Wildcats are the 261st-ranked squad in the country (68.3 points per game). On defense, they are 19th-best (62 points allowed per game). Northwestern grabs 33.3 rebounds per game and give up 31.5 boards, ranking 110th and 208th, respectively, in college basketball.

In 2022-23 the Wildcats are scoring 4.5 fewer points per game at home (68.2) than on the road (72.7). Northwestern makes 7.5 3-pointers per game and shoots 31.6% from beyond the arc, ranking 173rd and 309th, respectively, in college basketball. Defensively, the Wildcats are 286th in the country in 3-pointers conceded per game at 8.2. They are 277th in 3-point percentage conceded at 35.2%.

The Wildcats have gone 6-4 over their past 10 contests, with a 6-4 record against the spread in that span. Northwestern has hit the over in seven of its last 10 games. Northwestern is averaging 69.7 points per contest over its past 10 games, which is 1.4 more than its average for the season (68.3). The Wildcats are surrendering 68.6 points per contest over their previous 10 games, which is 6.6 more points than they are allowing for the season (62).

Ohio State vs. Northwestern Prediction & Pick

Our pick to win this matchup is Ohio State, and we project that Northwestern will cover the spread (Ohio State -5.5). Finally, we see the scoring in this one going over the posted total of 136 points.

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How to bet Ohio State vs. Northwestern

You can bet on Ohio State vs. Northwestern 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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Dan Weiner

Hailing from Atlanta and attending college at the University of Texas, Dan is passionate about sports, particularly college football and soccer. He's a diehard Atlanta pro sports and Texas Longhorns fan. He likes every sport and will watch anything and everything the weirder the better. He joined Betsperts after an 11 year career in television production at ESPN.

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