The Buckeyes are underdogs once again.
Ohio State opens as a 5.5-point underdog to No. 3 seed Houston in Sunday's NCAA Tournament second-round matchup, according to the sports book betonline.ag. A moneyline bet on the Buckeyes has +200 odds, meaning a $100 bet on Ohio State would pay $200.
The Buckeyes were underdogs in the opening-round game against Iowa State, too. In fact, Ohio State opened as a bigger underdog to the Cyclones (6.5 points) than it did to the higher-seeded Cougars.
The Cougars figure to be a tough challenge for the Buckeyes as the regular season AAC champs enter the game with a record of 32-3 this season, with their only three losses coming to NCAA Tournament teams: Temple, UCF and Cincinnati.