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Ohio State Buckeyes vs Kentucky Wildcats 12/21/2019 Odds, Picks and Game Analysis
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Ohio State Buckeyes vs Kentucky Wildcats 12/21/2019 – The Ohio State Buckeyes are making their presence felt as they own a 10-1 record and they will be hosted by the Kentucky Wildcats at the T-Mobile Arena in Paradise, Nevada on Saturday, December 21 at 12:00 PM Eastern Time. TV rights are granted to CBS and live streaming is available at SofaScore. On the other side of the fence, the Wildcats are coming off a loss after winning six-straight games. This should be a close one as the Buckeyes hold the thinnest margins against their opponents according to Basketball Spread Betting.
Ohio State Buckeyes vs Kentucky Wildcats 12/21/2019
Ohio State Buckeyes
Ohio State Buckeyes‘ forward Kaleb Wesson is the team’s best player as he provides the team’s interior presence with averages 14.3 points, 9.0 rebounds and 1.5 blocks per game. He has only averaged 25.38 minutes and expect him to play at the 30-minute mark. He has sufficient support as the Buckeyes rotation can go 9 to 11 players deep. Duane Washington is the team’s second-leading scorer at 11.4 points followed by DJ Carton with 10.7. They go deep with Wesson, Young, Liddell, Walker and Mohammad providing quality minutes for the Buckeyes. Wesson will lead the way but coaching and depth will help the Buckeyes overcome the Wildcats.
Players to watch:
K. Wesson F (11 GP 25.6 MIN 14.3 PTS 9.1 REB 2.1 AST 0.3 STL 1.5 BLK 2.5 TO 46.5 FG% 79.3 FT% 45.9 3P%), D. Washington Jr. G (9 GP 22.9 MIN 11.4 PTS 2.9 REB 1.8 AST 0.1 STL 0 BLK 1.1 TO 52.1 FG% 70 FT% 53.7 3P%), D.J. Carton G (11 GP 22.2 MIN 10.7 PTS 2.7 REB 3 AST 0.6 STL 0.1 BLK 2.3 TO 51.2 FG% 70.6 FT% 37.5 3P%).
The Wildcats boast a good basketball program but with the absences of Quickley, Montgomery and Sestina, they are seldom at full force and can’t flex their depth that much. Hagans has been the team’s best player and floor general doing 13.9 points, seven assists and two steals per game. Maxey and Richards combine for 25.6 points and 11.4 rebounds to give this Wildcats team a boost. Tyrese Maxey is the player to watch here as he is projected to go in the middle of the first round of the 2020 NBA Draft. Like the Buckeyes, the Wildcats will bank on their depth to win this game for them and expect a dog fight between the two teams.
Players to watch:
A. Hagans G (10 GP 31.3 MIN 13.9 PTS 4.1 REB 7.1 AST 2 STL 0.1 BLK 3.4 TO 47.7 FG% 87.3 FT% 30.4 3P%), N. Richards F (10 GP 30 MIN 12.9 PTS 7.6 REB 0.5 AST 0.1 STL 2.4 BLK 1.5 TO 68.4 FG% 73.5 FT% 0 3P%), T. Maxey G (10 GP 31.9 MIN 12.9 PTS 3.9 REB 3.1 AST 0.7 STL 0.2 BLK 2 TO 40.6 FG% 85.7 FT% 26.2 3P%).
Ohio State Buckeyes vs Kentucky Wildcats Betting Predictions
Ohio State Buckeyes
Ohio State is 8-1 ATS in their last 9 games.
Wildcats are 1-6-1 ATS in their last 8 games.
Ohio State Buckeyes vs Kentucky Wildcats Betting Picks
This is a match that basketball fans wanted to watch with two top tier teams in the NCAA going at it. Ohio owns a slight advantage according to Sports Betting but Wildcats want to prove something as well. This is a chess match between both coaches with Ohio most probably going to win the battle.
Moneyline: This is a close match with the Buckeyes handed a -155 ML while the Wildcats are at +135.
Spread: Only one point separates both teams across the spread with the Buckeyes at -1 while the Wildcats are at +1.
Total: A total of 132.5 is expected to reach by both teams with the Wildcats going over while the Buckeyes are under.
Score Prediction: 67-65, Buckeyes win.