Point Spread: -1.50 | -105.00 Seton Hall (Home)
Those same power rankings are NOT as bullish on Ohio State. Therefore, it was NOT a shock to see the Buckeyes go down 71-65 at Xavier last Thursday. Currently ranked #19 in the polls, OSU is likely to drop out when the new rankings are released. Again, my power ratings didn’t even consider them a Top 25 team in the first place. This is now a team that’s 1-3 ATS on the year and barely escaped Akron in the season opener, winning by just one point. Don’t forget that the Buckeyes were eliminated in the Opening Round of the NCAA Tournament last March, by 15-seed Oral Roberts.
Due to the pandemic, OSU had not played a “true” road game in front of fans since the 2019-2020 season. It was not a good sign that they never led against Xavier. This game is being played in Fort Meyers, FL, part of a tournament, and I think it’s clear who the better team is at this point. Seton Hall is deep (plays 10 guys) and believes it is one of the best teams in the country. With them holding their first three opponents to 31.4% shooting, including 13.3% (!) from three-point range, I strongly believe in them as well. 8* Seton Hall