Staff Picks: OSU vs. Northwestern

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the-Ozone Staff Picks - Ohio State vs. Northwestern

By the-Ozone Staff

If you think Ohio State is poor offensively, wait until you see Northwestern. They score 10 points per game less than the Buckeyes and have shot under 40% from the floor this season. Defensively they have been good, no longer playing former head coach Bill Carmody's 1-3-1 zone, but OSU is an elite defensive team. The Wildcats come in and threaten with the upset, but Ohio State ultimately pulls out a win. Ohio State 62 Northwestern 59 Patrick Murphy (4-7)

Northwestern has held the likes of Wisconsin, Minnesota (twice) and Nebraska in the 50s in their last five games, but has also given up 85 points at Michigan State. I would expect the Buckeyes to be much closer to the 50s than the 80s in this one. The good thing for Ohio State is that they won't be overlooking this game, because they can't afford to overlook anybody. The Wildcats have won at Indiana, at Wisconsin and at Minnesota, so they can absolutely win at Ohio State. However, they usually don't, so I'm going to make the safe pick here. (Though the idea that Ohio State is a "safe pick" is probably one of the more foolish things I have ever typed.) Ohio State 55 - Northwestern 48 Tony Gerdeman (4-7)

I am way behind the in this picking thing. Northwestern has proven they are road warriors with three wins in league play. , The Buckeyes have shown that they are vulnerable at home. This looks to me like a perfect place to pick against my colleagues and make us some ground on them. Northwestern 55, Ohio State 52 John Porentas (3-8)

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