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Top ranked Ohio State favored vs Michigan

Top-rated Ohio State looks to cover a huge 16.5-point Buckeyes-Wolverines spread on Thursday and improve its overall 22-0 mark when they host Michigan in Big Ten basketball action.

The Buckeyes currently sport a 22-0 record overall in NCAAB action, and have posted a corresponding betting slate of 10-9 ATS. The Wolverines are 13-9 and 9-7 ATS. Betting totals have seen the Buckeyes produce a 10-9 OVER/UNDER record on the season, while the Wolverines have gone 10-6 against the number.

View Michigan vs Ohio State Odds and Stats.

Betting Line:
If you're going with the Buckeyes in this one, they're listed as 16-point favorites on the NCAAB betting menu for Monday's contest.

Power Rankings / Prediction:
The Buckeyes sit at No. 17 in the current college hoops power poll here at Odds Shark, while the Wolverines sit at No. 122 on the same chart. The computers running our scores simulations have concluded that the Buckeyes will win this game 87-71.

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How They Match Up:
In the paint, the rebound battle will feature Ohio State's No. 175-rated squad against Michigan's No. 272-rated roster. And in long-range shooting, Ohio State rates No. 54 in the country with 7.7 per game, while their foes tonight rank No. 20 nationally with 8.5 per match.

Defensively, Michigan features the nation's No. 84-rated defense on the road, allowing 67.6 points per game. Ohio State, meanwhile, comes in at No. 37 nationally in scoring at home.

Michigan was an 87-73 winner in their most recent outing at home against Iowa. They covered the 7.5 point spread as favorites. Michigan earned an 87-73 victory over Iowa on Sunday, getting 19 points from Tim Hardaway Jr. at Crisler Arena.

Ohio State won its last outing, a 58-57 result against Northwestern on January 29. They failed to cover in that game as a 10-point favorite. Ohio State earned a 58-57 victory over Northwestern on Saturday, getting 21 points from Jared Sullinger at Welsh-Ryan Arena.

Michigan Wolverines Trends:
When playing on Thursday are 4-6
When playing on Thursday are 4-6
Before playing Penn State are 3-7
After playing Iowa are 2-8
After a win are 7-3

Ohio State Buckeyes Trends:
When playing on Thursday are 8-2
Before playing Minnesota are 9-1
After playing Northwestern are 7-3
After a win are 10-0