Ohio State vs. Rutgers basketball game preview and prediction

Ohio State vs. Rutgers basketball preview and prediction

Ohio State vs. Rutgers basketball game preview and prediction

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Ohio State vs. Rutgers basketball game preview and prediction

Key Player For Ohio State

Luther Muhammad. Aside from how well Kaleb Wesson plays, the key piece to this game will be Luther Muhammad. The freshman came out of the box as a built-ready player for the Big Ten, and is a rare breed when it comes to his ability to lock down on the defensive end.

Playing solid defense is generally the template for going on the road and winning in the Big Ten and it’ll be no different here. Muhammad will likely draw the duty of trying to slow down Rutgers best guard and playmaker on the perimeter, Geo Baker. He’s been in a bit of a shooting slump here lately, but when the Scarlet Knights are at their best, it’s with the combination of Omoruyi on the inside and Baker breaking things down on the outside.

Let Wesson and other help out in the paint, and then it’s up to Muhammad to make life difficult for the other main scoring option on the outside.

How It’ll All Go Down

This game is going to be a lot closer than people think. Rutgers is desperate to get its first Big Ten win of the season, it’s at their place, and they have just missed out on breaking through on more than one occasion this year. The Scarlet Knights will play with great effort and energy and make this thing close for a majority of the game. Eventually though, Ohio State will pull away with its ability to guard and take care of the basketball in a hostile setting. It won’t be pretty, but it’ll be a hard-fought win on the road, and that’s all that counts.

Final Score

Ohio State 72, Rutgers 64

Line

Ohio State -7

 

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