After getting thumped by the Ohio State Buckeyes in last year's Big Ten Tournament the Michigan Wolverines will be out for revenge on Sunday as those schools meet at Value City Arena.
The Buckeyes beat the Wolverines 77-55 in the semifinals of the Big Ten Tournament last year, easily covering the 7.5-point spread on the betting lines. Overall Michigan is just 1-4 SU but 3-2 ATS over its five most recent games against Ohio State.
The Wolverines will try to spoil to the party on Sunday; they are 10-5 ATS against the number this season, while the Buckeyes are 8-5 ATS. Michigan is 9-6 on the totals; Ohio State is 6-5-1.
The Buckeyes were listed as 2-point favorites at most sportsbooks tracked by Odds Shark earlier in the day. It opened first at GTbets, where the total was expected shortly.
Power Rankings / Prediction:
The power rankings show a disparity between these teams, with the Buckeyes rated this week at No. 21 and the Wolverines sitting at No. 7. It may or may not play a role in Odds Shark score prediction modelling that produced a 90-86 result in favor of the Wolverines.
How They Match Up:
When it comes to rebounds, the visiting Wolverines rank No. 53 in NCAA Division 1 with 38.4 per game. That compares with Ohio State’s No. 42 ranking in that category. The story is different when it comes to three-point shooting where Ohio State is college basketball's No. 81-ranked team at 7.2 per game, while the Wolverines rate No. 15 with 8.6 per game.
Defensively, Michigan features the nation's No. 96-rated defense on the road, allowing 66 points per game. Ohio State, meanwhile, comes in at No. 47 nationally in scoring at home.
In their last action, Michigan was a 62-47 winner at home against Nebraska. They failed to cover the 21-point spread as favorites. Michigan got 18 points from Trey Burke en route to a 62-47 victory over Nebraska on Wednesday at Crisler Arena.
Ohio State won its last outing, a 74-64 result against Purdue on January 8. They covered in that game as an 8.5-point favorite. Ohio State got 22 points from Deshaun Thomas en route to a 74-64 victory over Purdue on Tuesday at Mackey Arena.
Michigan Wolverines Trends:
When playing on Sunday are 7-3
Before playing Minnesota are 4-6
After playing Nebraska are 1-0
After a win are 10-0
Ohio State Buckeyes Trends:
When playing on Sunday are 10-0
Before playing Michigan State are 6-4
After playing Purdue are 8-2
After a win are 7-3
A few Wolverines at Buckeyes trends to consider:
Michigan is 5-0 SU in its last 5 games on the road
The total has gone UNDER in 6 of Michigan's last 7 games when playing on the road against Ohio State
The total has gone OVER in 4 of Michigan's last 5 games on the road
Michigan is 0-5 SU in its last 5 games when playing on the road against Ohio State
Ohio State is 5-0 SU in its last 5 games when playing at home against Michigan
Ohio State is 14-1 SU in its last 15 games at home
Ohio State is 7-1 SU in its last 8 games when playing Michigan
The total has gone UNDER in 6 of Ohio State's last 7 games when playing at home against Michigan
Michigan at Minnesota, Thursday, January 17
Ohio State at Michigan State, Saturday, January 19