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Michigan vs Ohio State Betting Preview

Coming off a big loss to Indiana over the weekend, the Michigan Wolverines will try to get back on track on Tuesday night as they play host to the Ohio State Buckeyes at the Crisler Center.

Ohio State defeated Michigan 56-53 when those schools met on January 13, covering the 1.5-point spread on the college hoops betting lines in the process. That was the fourth UNDER result between Ohio State and Michigan in their last five meetings.

The Wolverines sport records of 20-2 and 13-7-1 ATS heading into this battle, while the Buckeyes have 17-4 and 11-8 ATS marks on the season. The OVER/UNDER records are 11-10 for the Wolverines and 6-11-1 for the Buckeyes.

View Ohio State vs Michigan Odds and Stats.

Betting Line:
The Buckeyes were listed as 6-point underdogs at many online sportsbooks, including Sportsbook.ag. The total was 132.5 earlier at Bovada.

Power Rankings / Prediction:
This game matches up the No. 17 (Wolverines) and the No. 14 (Buckeyes) teams in the league, according to our current NCAAB power rank. A 85-81 result in favor of the Wolverines has been projected by the scores prediction engine.

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How They Match Up:
Rebounding is always a key handicapping consideration and Buckeyes is ranked No. 89 in NCAA hoops at 37 per game. Contrast that with Michigan’s No. 115 mark in the paint. When it comes to three-point shooting, Michigan is the No. 25-ranked team in the country at 8.1 per game, while Ohio State rates No. 124 at 6.6 per game.

Defensively, Ohio State features the nation's No. 43-rated defense on the road, allowing 62.1 points per game. Michigan, meanwhile, comes in at No. 40 nationally in scoring at home.

Last time out for Ohio State, they were a 63-56 winner as they battled Nebraska on the road. They failed to cover in the match as a 12-point favorite. The Buckeyes grabbed a 63-56 win over the Cornhuskers on Saturday, behind a 21-point effort from Lenzelle Smith, Jr. at Bob Devaney Sports Center.

Michigan lost its last outing, an 81-73 result against Indiana on February 2. They failed to cover in that game as a 5.5-point underdog. Trey Burke went off for 25 points and added 5 rebounds but it wasn't enough as Indiana handed Michigan an 81-73 defeat at Branch McCracken Court at Assembly Hall.

Ohio State Buckeyes Trends:
When playing on Tuesday are 8-2
Before playing Indiana are 7-3
After playing Nebraska are 2-1
After a win are 7-3

Michigan Wolverines Trends:
When playing on Tuesday are 3-7
Before playing Wisconsin are 6-4
After playing Indiana are 5-5
After a loss are 9-1

 

A few Buckeyes at Wolverines trends to consider:
The total has gone UNDER in 5 of Ohio State's last 6 games on the road
The total has gone OVER in 4 of Ohio State's last 6 games when playing on the road against Michigan
Ohio State is 2-4 ATS in its last 6 games when playing on the road against Michigan
Michigan is 5-0 SU in its last 5 games at home
Michigan is 20-2 SU in its last 22 games
The total has gone UNDER in 5 of Michigan's last 6 games when playing Ohio State
The total has gone UNDER in 5 of Michigan's last 7 games

Next up:
Ohio State home to Indiana, Sunday, February 10
Michigan at Wisconsin, Saturday, February 9