The Big Ten hasn’t been given much credit from March Madness betting players all season, and Ohio State will defend its conference as an No.8 seed in the Midwest region, where they will take on No.9 Siena as a 3-point sportsbook favorite.
Ohio State vs Siena odds – Friday, 9:40 PM ET
The Buckeyes had won five of their last six before losing to Purdue in the Big Ten tournament final, and they did it with a defense that 40th in points allowed, and 18th in blocked shots. Sophomore Evan Turner leads the Buckeyes in that category, as well as in scoring and rebounds, while sophomore Jon Diebler and freshman William Buford keeps the opposition honest on the perimeter. However, the Buckeyes are only 225th in rebounding margin, meaning Ohio State has to make hitting the glass a team effort.
The Saints won the MAAC tournament with an offense that 27th in points scored, but their lack of defense has to be a worry to online betting players, as Siena is 223rd in points allowed. This is a by-product of Siena’s gambling defense, as the Saints are 14th in steals this season. Senior guard Kenny Hasbrouck and junior swingman Edwin Ubiles pace a balanced attack for the Saints, but Siena will need to improve at the line for those late-game situations: the Saints are 248th in free-throw percentage.
The Buckeyes are a 3-point March Madness betting favorite, and this is the first time these two teams have met. Siena will look to push the pace of the game, while Ohio State will focus on Turner on the offensive end of the floor. The Saints have a bit more experience, and they’re a decent defending team on the perimeter, which should make the load too heavy for Turner. Bet on Siena to go against the March Madness odds on Friday.
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