CBB Pick 2/22: Buckeyes Seek Elusive Road Win Against Surging Gophers

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Buckeyes Seek Elusive Road Win Against Surging Gophers

The Ohio State Buckeyes (15-11, 5-10 Big Ten) trek into the icy Williams Arena (“The Barn”) tonight, desperately seeking their first road win of the season against the Minnesota Golden Gophers (16-9, 7-7 Big Ten).

History Repeating Itself?

Memories of December’s matchup, won by Ohio State 84-71 after a near-collapse, hang heavy in the air. Can the Buckeyes hold their lead this time, or will the Gophers turn the tables?

Recharged Buckeyes

Despite their road woes and the recent coaching change, Ohio State is riding high after a thrilling upset against #2 Purdue. Interim head coach Jake Diebler has sparked new life into the Buckeyes.

Gophers Looking Up

Minnesota, led by standout Dawson Garcia (17.5 ppg), is aiming for an NCAA tourney bid. To boost their bubble chances, they’ll need to keep their strong home record intact.

Model Predictions are Split

Season-long data forecasts a close Buckeyes upset (72-70), but recent form flips the script, favoring a Minnesota win (79-68). This clash of contrasting momentum makes for an unpredictable battle.

Betting Lines

The Gophers are 3.5-point favorites with a 139.5 over/under. Minnesota’s home dominance and Ohio State’s road struggles are reflected in their respective spread records.

Buckeyes’ X-Factor

Ohio State’s free throw prowess (76.5%) could be a deciding factor in a tight game. Can they maintain focus from the line to steal a win?

Key Questions

  • Will history haunt the Buckeyes, or will they finally conquer their road demons?
  • Can Minnesota break out of their bubble-borderline status with a convincing win?
  • Will the coaching change maintain its magic for Ohio State, or will the Gophers capitalize?

Get Ready for Big Ten Drama

This matchup has all the ingredients for a thrilling night of college hoops. Will the Buckeyes pull off another surprise, or will the Gophers cement their tournament hopes? Don’t miss a thrilling clash of Big Ten rivals!

Our Pick  – Minnesota -3.5

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