Rutgers vs Ohio State Prediction: Live Odds, Stats, History & Picks – Sunday, January 15, 2023

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The Ohio State Buckeyes (10-6, 2-3 Big Ten) will try to stop a three-game losing skid when visiting the Rutgers Scarlet Knights (12-5, 4-2 Big Ten) on Sunday, January 15, 2023 at Jersey Mike’s Arena. This game is at 2:15 PM ET.

Sunday’s matchup between the Scarlet Knights and the Buckeyes features the Scarlet Knights as small 3.5-point favorites. The matchup’s over/under is 135.

Rutgers vs. Ohio State Odds

Point Spread for Rutgers vs. Ohio State

The spread for this matchup is set at 3.5 points, with oddsmakers listing Rutgers as the favorite.

Rutgers vs. Ohio State Moneyline

As for the moneyline, Rutgers has -163 odds to pick up the win, while Ohio State is listed at +134 to claim victory.


Finally, the total for the game is set at 135 points.

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Game Time and How to Watch

  • Game Day: Sunday, January 15, 2023
  • Game Time: 2:15 PM ET
  • Location: Piscataway, New Jersey
  • Arena: Jersey Mike’s Arena

Rutgers vs. Ohio State Betting Trends

Rutgers is 12-5-0 against the spread this year. The Scarlet Knights have been chosen as favorites in 13 games this year and have walked away with the win 10 times (76.9%) in those games. Rutgers’ games this year have hit the over 50% of the time (eight out of 16 games with a set point total).

Against the spread, Ohio State is 7-9-0 this year. The Buckeyes have won 20% of the games this season they were the moneyline underdog (1-4). Ohio State’s games this year have gone over the point total 10 times in 16 opportunities (62.5%).

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Rutgers vs. Ohio State Key Players to Watch


Clifford Omoruyi leads the Scarlet Knights at 10 rebounds per contest, while also posting 1.2 assists and 13.2 points. Cam Spencer paces his squad in both points (13.5) and assists (3.6) per game, and also puts up 2.6 rebounds. At the other end, he posts 2.5 steals and 0.1 blocked shots. Aundre Hyatt posts 10.1 points, 4.5 rebounds and 0.8 assists per contest, shooting 39.5% from the floor and 31.9% from downtown with 1.4 made 3-pointers per contest. Paul Mulcahy leads the Scarlet Knights at 4.2 assists per contest, while also averaging 3.9 rebounds and 8.8 points.

Ohio State

Brice Sensabaugh is putting up team highs in points (16.8 per game) and assists (1.1). And he is producing 5 rebounds, making 50.3% of his shots from the floor and 44.3% from beyond the arc, with 1.9 triples per game. Zed Key is the Buckeyes’ top rebounder (7.8 per game), and he posts 12.3 points and 0.9 assists. Justice Sueing is averaging 14.1 points, 4.9 rebounds and 2.1 assists per game, making 46.2% of his shots from the floor. Bruce Thornton is the Buckeyes’ top assist man (3.2 per game), and he posts 10 points and 3.1 rebounds.

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What you need to know about the Rutgers Scarlet Knights

The Scarlet Knights have been led by their defense, as they rank fourth-best in the nation by surrendering only 56.5 points per game. They rank 194th in college basketball in points scored (71.1 per contest). This season, Rutgers is pulling down 35.1 boards per game (60th-ranked in college basketball) and ceding 29.8 rebounds per contest (109th-ranked).

The Scarlet Knights score 73.8 points per game when playing at home, compared to 64.3 points per game in away games, a difference of 9.5 points per contest. So far this season, Rutgers is making 5.9 three-pointers per game (314th-ranked in college basketball) and is shooting 33.1% (235th-ranked) from beyond the arc. The Scarlet Knights rank ninth-best in the nation by allowing a three-point shooting percentage of 27.8% to opponents. They rank 105th in college basketball by allowing 6.5 three-pointers per contest.

The Scarlet Knights are 8-2 against the spread and 7-3 overall in their past 10 contests. In its past 10 contests, Rutgers has gone over the total five times. Rutgers has seen a downturn in scoring lately, racking up 68.7 points per game in its last 10 outings, 2.4 points fewer than the 71.1 it has scored this season. Rutgers has been less stingy on the defensive side of the ball as of late, giving up 57.6 points per game over its last 10 contests compared to the 56.5 points per game its opponents are averaging in the 2022-23 season.

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What you need to know about the Ohio State Buckeyes

In 2022-23, the Buckeyes are 44th in college basketball offensively (78.9 points scored per game) and 97th defensively (66.2 points allowed). Ohio State is 31st in college basketball in rebounds per game (36.1) and 109th in rebounds conceded (29.8).

Beyond the arc, Ohio State is 180th in the country in 3-pointers made per game (7.5). It is 18th-best in 3-point percentage at 38.7%. Defensively, the Buckeyes are 74th in college basketball in 3-pointers allowed per game at 6.3. They are 25th-best in 3-point percentage conceded at 29.4%.

The Buckeyes have gone 5-5 over their last 10 contests, with a 4-6 record against the spread in that span. In its past 10 contests, Ohio State has gone over the total seven times. Ohio State is posting 78.6 points per contest over its previous 10 games, which is 0.3 fewer points than its average for the season (78.9). The Buckeyes are surrendering 69.3 points per contest over their past 10 games, compared to their season average of 66.2 points allowed.

Rutgers vs. Ohio State Prediction & Pick

Our pick to win this contest is Rutgers, and we predict that Ohio State will cover the spread (Rutgers -3.5). Finally, we see the scoring in this one going over the posted total of 135 points.

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How to bet Rutgers vs. Ohio State

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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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