Making on a bet on this NCAA game featuring the Buckeyes versus the Wolverines? Tip off is at at 12:00 ET, and you can watch it all unfold on FOX. The game will be played at Crisler Center in Ann Arbor, MI. The Buckeyes are the favorites in this Big Ten conference matchup the against the Wolverines. The over/under for the game is set at 147 points.

OHIO STATE BUCKEYES VS MICHIGAN WOLVERINES BETTING PICK

The Pick: Michigan Wolverines +1

This game will be played at Crisler Center at 12:00 ET on Monday, January 15th.

WHY BET THE MICHIGAN WOLVERINES:

  • We have this one finishing with a projected score of 75-68 in favor of the Wolverines.
  • Not only will Michigan pick up the win, but look for them to cover at +1.
  • The over/under is currently sitting at 147 points, and we like the under with a projected 143 points.

Is a Road Win Possible for the Buckeyes?

Ohio State is looking to snap a two-game losing streak after falling to Wisconsin, 71-60, in their last game. The Buckeyes are 12-4 overall and 2-3 in Big Ten play. On the road, they have gone 3-2 this season, and their average scoring margin away from home is +6.2 points per game.

So far, Ohio State has been favored in 15 of their 16 games, going 11-4 in those contests. For the year, they have gone 10-1 in non-conference action compared to 2-3 in Big Ten play. Their record in road games over their last 10 is 6-4.

Ohio State’s ATS record this season is just 5-11, and they are 4-11 vs. the spread when favored. Over their last 10 games as the favorite, the Buckeyes are just 3-7 ATS. On the road, Ohio State is 2-3 vs. the spread this year and 6-4 ATS in their last 10 road games.

This season, the over/under record for Ohio State games is 9-7. So far, the average over/under line in their games is 143 and their games have had an average of 143.1 points. Today’s over/under line is 147. During their last three games, the over/under record is 1-2 and their games have averaged 138 points.

Most recently, the Ohio State offense finished with just 60 points vs. Wisconsin. For the game, they hit 6/18 three-point attempts and a field goal percentage of 44.6%. Jamison Battle led the scoring for the Buckeyes, contributing 18 points. Additionally, Bruce Thornton chipped in with 13 points.

So far this season, the Ohio State defense has been performing well, ranking 63rd in the country at 66.1 points allowed per contest. The Ohio State defense is coming off a game in which they gave up a total of 71 points and allowed Wisconsin to connect on 6 threes.

Is an Upset Waiting to Happen at Home?

Michigan will be the underdog for the sixth time this season, as they look to snap their five-game losing streak. So far, the Wolverines are 2-4 when they are the underdog. At home, Michigan has gone 3-7 this season, and they have lost their last three games at home.

So far, the Wolverines have gone 6-10 overall, and they are 1-4 in Big Ten play. Their average scoring margin at home this season is +2.3, while their average scoring margin on the road is +2.0. In their last game, Michigan lost to Maryland by a score of 64-57.

Michigan’s ATS record this season is just 4-11, including a mark of 2-8 at home. Over their last 10 games as the underdog, the Wolverines have gone 6-4 vs. the spread.

Michigan’s over/under record this season is 10-5 and today’s line of 147 is lower than the average OU line in their games (149.9). So far, 11 of their games have finished with more points than 147. Over their last three games, the average scoring total is 139 points and their OU record during that stretch is 0-3. On the season, the Wolverines’ games have averaged 157.7 points.

Coming off their recent game, the Michigan offense tallied 57 points in a matchup against Maryland. Their field goal percentage for the game was 39.6%, and they made 5 threes. Currently leading the team in scoring is Olivier Nkamhoua who comes into today’s matchup averaging 16.9. Dug McDaniel also heads into the game with a PPG average of 17.8.

As they prepare for the upcoming game, Michigan is focused on shoring up their defense, as they are currently allowing an average of 77.8 points per game (265th). In their previous game vs. Maryland, the Terrapins finished with a field goal percentage of 40% and a total of 64 points vs. Michigan.