Ohio State v. West Virginia 12/29/19

Ohio State comes into this game ranked 2nd in the AP poll and 9th in my power rankings. During non-conference play, they have looked like one of the best teams in the country. West Virginia currently ranks 22nd in the AP poll and 70th in my power rankings. While my rankings definitely have them slightly undervalued, they have nowhere near the skill that Ohio State has. While both teams enter this one with only one loss there against the spread results are very different. Ohio State has been a cover machine in the first part of the season. Currently, there ATS record sits at 10-2. While West Virginia’s ATS record sits at 5-6. While ATS record doesn’t mean everything it definitely separates the top teams in the country. One thing that has helped Ohio State tremendously this season is there ability to shoot the ball from three. Ohio State’s 3pt% currently sits at 40.9%. Everyone knows that a percentage like this is not sustainable for a season, but Ohio State looks like they may break records. In a season where there appears to not be a number 1 team, Ohio State is making a case that it should be them. Even though this game is technically a neutral site game, Cleveland is basically a home game for Ohio State. With that being said I think that Ohio State is going to blow West Virginia out of the building, and 7 points just aren’t enough for West Virginia to cover. With that being said, definitely line shop this one because we all know how some late-game free throws can screw a cover like this.

Ohio State -7

Chris Hogan

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