College Basketball: Buckeyes and Dawgs Need Home Wins

Al Dannity | Updated Oct 04, 2017

Georgia and Ohio State have different goals from this season but both know that home wins on ESPN tonight are vital to their success.

Buckeyes thinking about seeding Ohio State know they will be dancing in March but the question facing the #1 Buckeyes now is how high they will be seeded. Along with San Diego State, the Buckeyes are one of just two undefeated teams left in the nation. The strength of the Big Ten schedule leaves Ohio State in pole position for the overall #1 seed in the dance. An unbeaten season looks unrealistic but maintaining a perfect home record would go a long way to securing a #1 seed in March.

Value City Arena is far from an intimidating venue however so #12 Purdue won’t fear their unbeaten foes tonight. The Boilermakers make this trip on the back of important home wins over Penn State and Michigan State. They match up reasonably well statistically with Ohio State but will struggle to keep pace at times. Purdue have the talent to keep this close. A win might be too much to ask but I like them as a +8.0 underdog with Sports Interaction.

Dawgs need to press on Georgia brought a more dynamic look against Mississippi State on Saturday, hitting 11 of 19 from beyond the arc to win 86-64. That creative element will need to be on display again tonight when #24 Florida visit. The Gators look on course for their second straight trip to the NCAA Tournament and the Dawgs want to join them.

Georgia’s last March Madness appearance was secured in extraordinary circumstances but the 2010-11 edition looks to be taking a far more conventional route. Quality wins over Kentucky and Colorado help their resume but they need to beat a top tier SEC opponent. Tonight’s game presents just such an opportunity. Florida have a tendency to fall flat after a big win and they enter this game on the back of a 75-43 win over Arkansas. Look for the Dawgs to push the tempo early, using their reliable inside game to take charge. Bet on Georgia to win as -2.5 favorites with Sports Interaction.

Kansas can rally A week is a long time in College Basketball betting. Just seven days ago, #2 Kansas’ trip to Colorado was viewed as the point where the Jayhawks would finally suffer their first loss of the season. Instead Kansas lost 74-63 at home to Texas while the Buffs suffered bad losses at Nebraska and Oklahoma. The momentum that gathered behind Colorado’s 3-0 start to Big 12 play appears to be gone, for now at least. The Jayhawks will enter this game looking to show Saturday’s defeat was just a blip, as well to pay tribute to the late mother of forward Thomas Robinson. Bet on the Kansas Jayhawks to win big as -7.5 favorites with Sports Interaction.