Buckeyes Open Friday Betting As Slight Home Favorites

Written By Derek Helling on February 24, 2023
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Maryland vs Ohio State might be the only ranked matchup in WBB on Friday but there’s other news for bettors to note. The final weekend of the 2022-23 Division I women’s basketball season has arrived, signaling that conference tournaments are near.

That oncoming tourney will have a big impact on Friday night’s contest between these Big Ten teams. The home squad and the visitors are facing a similar situation in their regular-season finale.

Maryland vs Ohio State details

Following are all the particulars for bettors and fans heading into a game between No. 7 Maryland and No. 16 Ohio State.

  • Tip-off: 6 p.m. ET, Friday, Feb. 24, 2023
  • Venue: Value City Arena, Columbus, OH
  • Broadcast: Big Ten Network
  • Streaming: BTN2Go
  • Previous matchup: Feb. 5, 2023, at Maryland, 90-54 Terps over Buckeyes
  • Team records: Maryland 23-5 (14-3 Big Ten). Ohio State 23-5 (12-5 Big Ten)
  • Last games: Maryland 96-68 win over No. 6 Iowa on Feb. 21. Ohio State 74-61 win at Michigan on Feb. 20
  • Series history: Maryland 12, Ohio State 6. Maryland has won the last pair but Ohio State is 4-2 against Maryland in Columbus

The lines on vs Maryland vs Ohio State

As of 2 p.m. ET, legal Canadian and US sportsbooks are offering action on this contest.

BetRivers/PlaySugarHouse SportsbookMaryland +2 -115
Ohio State -2 -115
Over 151.5 -115
Under 151.5 -115
Maryland +100
Ohio State -132
Caesars SportsbookMaryland +2 -110
Ohio State -2 -110
Over 151 -110
Under 151 -110
Maryland +110
Ohio State -130
FanDuel SportsbookMaryland +1.5 -120
Ohio State -1.5 -110
Over 153.5 -115
Under 153.5 -115
Maryland -110
Ohio State -120

Handicapping Maryland vs Ohio State

Both Maryland and Ohio State are essentially locked into their positions for the Big Ten tournament. The Terrapins will be either the two or the three seed, depending on how this and Iowa’s final game on Sunday goes.

The Buckeyes are the fourth seed by virtue of their 12-5 Big Ten record and season sweep of No. 12 Michigan. In the Big Ten tournament, the top four seeds get byes through the first two rounds of competition. Thus, the difference between the first and the fourth seed comes down to maybe getting a slightly softer opponent and nothing else.

So, in reality, neither of these teams really have much to play for Friday other than perhaps adding another decent win to their resumés for the national tournament. For that reason, you could dismiss the earlier result between these teams.

Sportsbooks are giving Ohio State a slight edge because they’re playing at home and stand to lose more with a loss in terms of their March Madness seeding. If the game is tight, the spread here is probably spot on. Should the Buckeyes pull out the win, it won’t be by much.

The most intriguing consideration here could be the total. With both teams prioritizing staying healthy for March, we could see some different lineups on Friday. That could make the Under more appetizing than the Over where sportsbooks currently lay their totals for this game.

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Derek Helling is the assistant managing editor of PlayUSA and the managing editor of BetHer. He is a 2013 graduate of the University of Iowa and covers the intersections of the gambling industry with business, the law, and technology.

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