Rutgers vs Ohio State Prediction, Odds & Best Bet for Dec. 8 (Buckeyes Outgun Scarlet Knights in Big Ten Battle)

Devon Platana
Rutgers vs Ohio State prediction, odds and betting insights for NCAA college basketball regular season game.
Rutgers vs Ohio State prediction, odds and betting insights for NCAA college basketball regular season game. / AP Photo/Jay LaPrete
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Rutgers vs Ohio State Game Info

2022-23 NCAA College Basketball Regular Season Game
Rutgers Scarlet Knights (6-2, 1-0 Big Ten) vs. No. 25 Ohio State Buckeyes (6-2, 0-0 Big Ten)
Date: Thursday, Dec. 8, 2022
Time: 7 p.m. ET
Venue: Value City Arena — Columbus, OH
Coverage: ESPN2

The 2022-23 NCAA college basketball season continues on Thursday, Dec. 8 with a Big Ten matchup between the Rutgers Scarlet Knights and No. 25 Ohio State Buckeyes.

Rutgers has been putting a nice little run together, winning three of its last four outings — including a 63-48 victory over Indiana on Saturday. Meanwhile, Ohio State is also 3-1 in its last four games, picking up the 96-59 win against St. Francis over the weekend.

Which Big Ten team will build upon its impressive run tonight?

Rutgers vs Ohio State Odds & Spread

All NCAA college basketball betting lines, odds and prop bets.
Moneyline: RUTG: (+210) | OSU: (-260)
Spread: RUTG: +6.5 (-114) | OSU: -6.5 (-106)
Total: 137.5 - Over: (-104) | Under: (-118)

Ohio State enters this contest as the slight favorite on the moneyline and spread per FanDuel Sportsbook's odds. This 7 p.m. ET clash also features an over/under of 137.5 points, which is about average compared to Thursday's projected totals.

Rutgers vs Ohio State Prediction & Pick

Though Rutgers won the last meeting in this Big Ten rivalry, Ohio State has emerged as the victor more often than not. The Buckeyes are 10-4 all-time against the Scarlet Knights, picking up victories in four of the last five meetings.

Nevertheless, I just don't see Rutgers winning again tonight. The Scarlett Knights have lost all six of their previous trips to Value City Arena, losing by an average margin of 15.2 points. Unfortunately for Rutgers, Ohio State has been lights out at home this season, boasting a plus-30.8 scoring margin (No. 10).

With Rutgers also shooting the ball less accurately on the road (37.8%) compared to its season average (42.2%), the team could easily fall behind if Ohio State ups the pressure early. Expect the Buckeyes to get their revenge for last year's loss tonight.

Final Score Prediction: Ohio State: 78 | Rutgers: 70

Rutgers vs Ohio State Betting Trends

- Rutgers is 5-13 straight up in its last 18 road games.
- Ohio State is 4-1 against the spread (ATS) in its last five games played in December.
- The total has hit the under in five of Rutgers' last six games against the Big Ten.
- The total has hit the over in four of Ohio State's last five games against Rutgers.

Rutgers vs Ohio State Best Bet

Surpassing tonight's 137.5-point total shouldn't be an issue for these Big Ten rivals. In addition to hitting the over in four of their last five matchups, Rutgers and Ohio State have averaged 140.2 points over that span, surpassing 137.5 points in four of those games.

With rivalry games bringing more intensity than usual, I'll take the over in this Rutgers-Ohio State clash.

Bet: Over 137.5 Points (-104)

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Devon Platana is not a FanDuel employee. In addition to providing DFS gameplay advice, Devon Platana also participates in DFS contests on FanDuel using his personal account, username PepeSilvia0. While the strategies and player selections recommended in his articles are his personal views, he may deploy different strategies and player selections when entering contests with his personal account. The views expressed in their articles are the author's alone and do not necessarily reflect the views of FanDuel.

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