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College Basketball Ohio State Buckeyes at Minnesota Golden Gophers Start Time, Odds, Free Pick

The Ohio State Buckeyes, ranked 22nd in the country, hit the road tonight to take on the Minnesota Golden Gophers in college basketball action. The game is scheduled for a 9:00 p.m. start time and it will be televised nationally on ESPN. Currently the odds for the game have Minnesota favored to pick up the win in this one.

Ohio State had looked like one of the best teams in the Big Ten to start the season, and despite the loss to Iowa last week, they still might be. Ohio State brings a team into Minnesota tonight that is averaging 83.4 points per game, which ranks ninth best in the country. The Buckeyes shoot the ball well at better than 52 percent, which ranks inside the Top 5 nationally. Offensively, this is a team that can really get up and down the floor and does a great job at sharing the basketball, handing out almost 18 assists per game this year, which ranks ninth best in the country as well. 

Minnesota could have some trouble slowing down Ohio State in this one. The Buckeyes have scored at least 65 points in all but one game (loss to Louisville) this season, as they love the up-tempo style of game with their roster. The Golden Gophers can score the ball as well, ranking 16th best nationally at pouring in 80.4 points per game. They also shoot the basketball well at better than 48 percent per game, which bodes well for them tonight.

The Gophers have opened the year wit a pair of losses in the conference, dropping a pair of road games to Purdue and Maryland. In both games Minnesota didn't play well on the offensive end and it cost them. Tonight they're going to have to play more efficient on offense, especially with a team like Ohio State coming in. 

The Buckeyes are led in scoring by freshman D'Angelo Russell at 17.7 points per game while they have several other players that can score. Minnesota is led in scoring this season by Carlos Morris' 13.1 points per game and he leads four Gophers in double figures each game. Guard play is going to be important in tonight's game, giving Minnesota a very good shot as we expect Andre Hollins to have a big game. The Gophers are also 9-0 in home games this season.

Free Pick: Minnesota 68, Ohio State 64

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