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1/22 Big Ten Preview: Northwestern Travels To Ohio State

Only one game to be played on Sunday, with both teams on winning streaks.

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After a great Saturday that featured five games, the Sunday schedule only has one game on tap, as Northwestern goes to Columbus to take on Ohio State.

With no one running away with the Big Ten, every game matters to stay somewhere at the top of the conference. Both of these teams are in different places, as Northwestern is trending upwards after winning three straight and sit at 4-2 in the Big Ten. Ohio State has won two straight after dropping their first four games in the conference, and desperately need to keep winning to stay with the rest of the Big Ten.

You can preview Sunday’s only game below. The spread is based off of Covers.com.

Big Ten Game Of The Day:

- Northwestern Wildcats at Ohio State Buckeyes

· Time/TV: 1:00 PM ET- BTN

· Covers Spread: Ohio State (-2)

Northwestern has jumped out to a 4-2 conference record, as they have had the soft part of their early Big Ten schedule. The Wildcats have used this schedule to their advantage as they look to keep their momentum going, as they sit near the top of the conference. During the team’s current three game winning streak, their defense has been outstanding giving up just 60 points a game. The team’s field goal and three point shooting has also been outstanding outside of their ugly win over Rutgers. In the other two games against Nebraska and Iowa, the team has shot 55.4 percent from the field and 45.8 percent from three. Scottie Lindsey, Vic Law, and Bryant McIntosh are all in the top 20 in the conference in scoring and continue their good play.

Ohio State got a much needed win over Nebraska on a buzzer beater by Marc Loving on an out of bounds play. The Buckeyes’ six-man rotation has been tested every game since they lost Keita Bates-Diop for the season, and the team looks fatigued late in games almost every contest. They have only shot 41.2 percent from the field since Bates-Diop has been out. It is a long season, and if the Buckeyes don’t get better contribution off the bench. The entire starting lineup not only is all averaging in double figures, but outside of Trevor Thompson, are all averaging over 30 minutes a game.

This will likely be a close game, as it seems almost every game in the conference has been. I think Northwestern wins outright, as their shooting and defense has been as good as anyone in the Big Ten as of late.

Pick Against The Spread: Northwestern