First Round Picks & Odds: Oral Roberts vs. Ohio State Predictions

NCAA Tournament handicapper Brandon Hurley is back with his expert pick for Oral Roberts vs. Ohio State at March Madness
Brandon Hurley
Fri, March 19, 5:44 AM EDT

NCAA Tournament Picks

Oral Roberts Golden Eagles vs. Ohio State Buckeyes

Oral Roberts is ranked 72nd on offense and 285th on defense, per KenPom. Ohio State is ranked 4th on offense and 78th on defense. This is 15 seed vs a 2 seed, but I think Oral Roberts can do enough to hang in this game. Oral Roberts loves the 3 ball and ranks 11th in 3 point shooting %. Ohio State is ranked 190th defending the 3. Oral Roberts also is automatic from the charity stripe ranking 1st in Free Throw %. This is huge in a game where we are getting 16 points. Every point matters and the Golden Eagles rarely leave points at the line.

This game is going to be a shootout with neither team loving to play defense. Ohio State is a very good team and took number 1 seed Illinois to overtime in the Big 10 title game. However, Ohio State had a really tough Big 10 tournament. They 4 games in 4 days and all of them were close. In their last 3 games they had an OT win, a 1 point win, and an OT loss. This was just last weekend. Also, one of their starting forwards Kyle Young sustained a concussion and is likely out of this contest. I expect this Ohio State to be beat up and a little fatigued heading into this game. That could be bad news for the Buckeyes because Oral Roberts has two legit scorers. Sophomore Guard Max Abmas is one of the best pure scorers in the country and averages 24.2 PPG. His partner in crime is Junior Forward Kevin Obanor who averages 18.2 PPG and 9.5 rebounds. Look for this duo from Oral Roberts to do enough to hang around in this first round matchup against a tired Buckeyes bunch and cover +16. Best of luck!

The Pick: Oral Roberts +16 @ -110

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Oral Roberts +16 @ -110 (Click To Bet)

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