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 Sportsbook||Maryland +2 -115|
Ohio State -2 -115
|Over 151.5 -115|
Under 151.5 -115
Ohio State -132
|Caesars Sportsbook||Maryland +2 -110|
Ohio State -2 -110
|Over 151 -110|
Under 151 -110
Ohio State -130
|FanDuel Sportsbook||Maryland +1.5 -120|
Ohio State -1.5 -110
|Over 153.5 -115|
Under 153.5 -115
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.