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Ohio State Buckeyes vs. Indiana Hoosiers Picks, Predictions, Odds

Jan. 6, 2022
Dan Dobish
VI Betting Expert
VegasInsider.com

The Ohio State Buckeyes (9-2, 3-0 Big Ten) travel to meet the Indiana Hoosiers (10-3, 1-2) for a conference battle Thursday at the Simon Skjodt Assembly Hall in Bloomington, Ind. Tip-off is scheduled for 7:00 p.m. ET, and the game can be viewed FOX Sports 1.

Score Prediction

Indiana 73, Ohio State 70

Best Bets

Indiana -145 ML at BetMGM

Over 137.5 (-110) at BetMGM

Ohio State Buckeyes vs. Indiana Hoosiers Predictions

The Buckeyes were lucky to escape Lincoln with a win on Sunday, topping the Nebraska Cornhuskers by an 87-79 count in overtime. Superstar F E.J. Liddell had a brutal night, hitting just 2-of-14 from the field, finishing with 10 points, eight rebounds, five assists and three blocked shots. But

The Hoosiers head home looking to put a trip to Penn State in the rear-view mirror. Indiana lost 61-58 to the lowly Nittany Lions, hitting just 40%, or 23-of-58, while ending up 24%, or 4-of-17, from behind the 3-point line. The good news is that IU turned it over just six times, but they were outrebounded 37 to 28. Trayce Jackson-Davis was the only player in double digits for points, carrying the mail himself with 20 points, five rebounds, three assists, two blocked shots and a steal. The next best contributor was Race Thompson, who just missed a double-double with nine points and 10 boards. They're going to need more contributions from the supporting cast if they're to take down the Buckeyes.

Ohio State Buckeyes vs. Indiana Hoosiers Betting Odds

  • Ohio State +120
  • Indiana -145
  • Ohio State +2.5 (-110)
  • Indiana -2.5 (-110)
  • Over 137.5 (-110)
  • Under 137.5 (-110)

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Ohio State Buckeyes vs. Indiana Hoosiers Betting Resources

  • Matchup: Big 10
  • Date: Thursday, January 6, 2022
  • Venue: Simon Skjodt Assembly Hall
  • Location: Bloomington, Indiana
  • TV-Time: FS1 - 7:00 p.m. ET

Ohio State Buckeyes Betting Analysis

Straight Up - SU, Against the Spread - ATS, Over-Under (O/U)

  • SU: 9-2
  • ATS: 5-6
  • O/U: 8-3

As mentioned, the Buckeyes were lucky to escape Nebrasketball with an OT victory, but Ohio State nearly pulled off the cover as 9.5-point favorites. It won by eight, and nearly had the miracle cover in the extra session. They're just 1-2 ATS across the past three outings, but the Buckeyes are 5-4 ATS across the past nine. In true road games so far, Ohio State has won each of its two league games on the road, while going 1-1 ATS with a pair of OVERs. The average margin of victory on the road so far in conference play is 10.0 PPG in two Big Ten games. The Buckeyes are 11-4 ATS in the past 15 games on the road.

As far as totals, OVER bettors have been very fond of Ohio State so far. The Buckeyes needed to go to overtime to secure the OVER in Nebraska, as it was tied 72-72 after regulation on a total of 148.5. Total bettors don't care how it's done, however, as long as it gets across the finish line. The OVER is 3-1 in the past four games overall, and 8-2 across the past 10 contests overall. The OVER is 19-7 in the past 26 games on the road, while going 21-7 in the past 28 road outings against teams with a winning home record.

These teams met once last season in Columbus, with the Buckeyes picking up a 78-59 victory as seven-point favorites as the total actually pushed at most shops. Ohio State has dominated the series lately, winning five of the past six straight up while going 4-1 ATS in the past five overall. Indiana covered and won in the most recent meeting in Bloomington on Jan. 11, 2020, and the Buckeyes are just 1-3 ATS in the past four trips to Indiana.

Indiana Hoosiers Betting Analysis

Straight Up - SU, Against the Spread - ATS, Over-Under (O/U)

  • SU: 10-3
  • ATS: 8-5
  • O/U: 4-9

The Hoosiers posted a 79-61 win over the Northern Kentucky Norse last time it played at home on Dec. 22. Indiana has covered six consecutive games at home, including its only previous conference game on its home hardwood back on Dec. 4, a 68-55 win over Nebraska as 11.5-point favorites. The UNDER connected that day against the Cornhuskers.

Indiana failed to cover last time out in the loss at Penn State, but they haven't had non-covers in consecutive games since closing out last season with an 0-6 ATS skid from Feb. 20-March 11. The Hoosiers are 7-3 ATS in the past 10 games overall, while going 4-0 ATS in the previous four non-covers.

In terms of the total, the UNDER is 7-3 in the past 10 games at home, while going 13-4 in the past 17 games overall dating back to last season. The UNDER is also 3-1-1 in the past five games against teams with a winning overall record, while going 17-5 in the past 22 at home against teams with a winning road record.

Inside the Stats - Ohio State Buckeyes

  • Record: 9-2
  • VI Ranking: 11
  • PS/G: 76.7 (84th)
  • PA/G: 68.5 (194th)
  • ORtg: 112.1 (34th)
  • DRtg: 100.1 (248th)

Inside the Stats - Indiana Hoosiers

  • Record: 10-3
  • VI Ranking: 60
  • PS/G: 75.7 (104th)
  • PA/G: 61.6 (40th)
  • ORtg: 105.8 (120th)
  • DRtg: 86.1 (24th)

Key Players to Watch

  • OHST: Zed Key - F (10.1 PPG, 6.2 RPG, 0.9 BPG, 62.3 FG%)
  • OHST: E.J. Liddell - F (19.6 PPG, 7.3 RPG, 3.0 BPG, 2.9 APG)
  • IND: Trayce Jackson-Davis - F (19.3 PPG, 8.2 RPG, 3.1 BPG, 1.9 APG)
  • IND: Race Thompson - F (10.8 PPG, 8.0 RPG, 2.0 APG, 1.3 SPG)

Ohio State Buckeyes vs. Indiana Hoosiers Betting Conclusion

Ohio State has been solid at home, but like most average to above-average teams, they're just mediocre on the road. The Buckeyes easily could've lost in Lincoln on Sunday, but managed the snatch victory from the jaws of defeat. The Buckeyes are just 1-2 ATS in three true road games, and 2-3 ATS in five games on the road and on neutral-site floors. The OVER has cashed in all three true road games, and the OVER is a perfect 5-0 in five games on the road and on neutral-site floors. You have to figure the Buckeyes are going to get much better production out of Liddell after uneven performance on Sunday, but you also have to figure Branham and Wheeler aren't going to come close to the same kind of production they had, either.

Indiana had just one scorer in double digits at Penn State. This team is averaging 76.0 PPG, and they have three scorers averaging 10.0 PPG or better. They need Xavier Johnson to step up and be more of a solid tertiary scoring option to TJD and Thompson. Johnson does lead the team with 4.2 APG. Indiana has a pair of players with legitimate injuries in C Logan Duncomb (leg) and G Trey Galloway (wrist). Each are depth players. Galloway is expected to be ready, and he can be a helpful option to provide the starters a breather.

Indiana hasn't fared well in recent seasons against Ohio State, but the Buckeyes haven't been nearly as dominant at home. They escaped defeat in Nebraska, but won't be able to get out of Bloomington with a 4-0 conference record.

Ohio State Buckeyes vs. Indiana Hoosiers Betting Trends

  • Ohio State is 11-4 ATS in the past 15 road games.
  • Indiana is 7-3 ATS in the past 10 games overall.
  • Indiana is 6-0 ATS in the past six home games.
  • The OVER is 8-2 in the past 10 games for Ohio State.
  • The OVER is 19-7 in the past 26 road games for Ohio State.
  • The UNDER is 3-1-1 in the past five vs. winning teams for Ohio State.
  • The UNDER is 13-4 in the past 17 games for Indiana.
  • The UNDER is 7-3 in the past 10 home games for Indiana.
  • The UNDER is 3-1-1 in the past five vs. winning teams for Indiana.


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