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A pair of bitter Big Ten rivals on the gridiron take the floor in the Great Lakes State. The Ohio State Buckeyes are on the road as they visit the #5 Michigan Wolverines Tuesday night. Ohio State comes in off a 70-60 road win over Nebraska in their last contest Saturday night. Michigan rolled to a 69-46 road win over Indiana in their last contest Friday night. The Buckeyes own a 75-51 advantage in the all-time regular-season series but it was the Wolverines taking a 74-62 win in the last meeting on February 18, 2018.
Ohio State Buckeyes Try to Earn Back to Back Wins
Ohio State snapped a five-game losing skid in their last contest as they took down Nebraska on the road in their last game. The Buckeyes hope to make it back to back victories with a triumph here over a bitter rival. Ohio State led by five at the half and trailed by two with 15:35 to play in the contest. The Buckeyes went on a 14-3 run over the next 5:35 to take a 50-41 lead and rolled to the victory. Ohio State shot 41.4 percent from the field, including nine of 27 from three-point range, and controlled the boards by a 45-31 margin. Luther Muhammad led the Buckeyes with 24 points and six rebounds in the win.
— Ohio State on BTN (@OhioStateOnBTN) January 28, 2019
The Buckeyes are putting up an average of 74.3 points per game on the year. Ohio State pulls down 35.2 rebounds a night while handing out 14.7 assists per game. The Buckeyes are 35th in the nation in scoring defense as they allow 65.3 points per game. Kaleb Wesson leads the team with 14.9 points and 6.8 rebounds per contest. C.J. Jackson is the only other player in double figures with 12.6 points a night. Luther Muhammad, Duane Washington Jr., Keyshawn Woods, Andre Wesson and Kyle Young are all putting up at least 7.1 points a night as the rotational depth is solid. Ohio State shoots 46 percent from the field as a team on the year. The Buckeyes knock down 7.8 triples a night while sinking 35.8 percent from beyond the arc. Ohio State is average at the free throw line, converting 72.2 percent of their attempts this season.
Michigan Wolverines Seeking 20th Win of Season
Michigan picked up their second straight game as they pummeled Indiana on the road. The Wolverines are second in the Big Ten race, half a game behind Michigan State for the top spot. Michigan jumped to a 17-0 lead just 5:07 in the contest and never looked back in the win. The Wolverines held a 15-point halftime edge and didn’t see their lead trimmed below nine in the second half. Michigan shot 43.1 percent from the field, including 10 of 29 from three-point range, and won the rebounding battle 44-39. Ignas Brazdeikis led the Wolverines with 20 points and seven rebounds in the victory.
Ignas Brazdeikis had himself a night in @umichbball's biggest win EVER in Assembly Hall.
— FOX Sports (@FOXSports) January 26, 2019
The Wolverines are putting up an average of 71.7 points per contest this season. Michigan collects 36.6 rebounds per contest and dishes out 13.4 assists per night this season. The Wolverines are 3rd in the nation in scoring defense by allowing just 56.5 points per contest. Ignas Brazdeikis leads the team with 15.2 points plus 5.6 rebounds per contest. Charles Matthews puts up 13.1 points with 5.3 rebounds per game while Jordan Poole chips in 12.6 points a contest. Jon Teske, Zavier Simpson, Isaiah Livers and Eli Brooks all put up at least 3.2 points a game for John Beilein’s squad. Michigan is shooting 45.8 percent from the floor. Michigan averages 7.7 triples per game and is shooting 35 percent from long range. The Wolverines are failing to cash in on their free throw opportunities as they are hitting a dismal 66.8 percent at the charity stripe.
- Wolverines are 8-0 ATS in their last 8 home games vs. a team with a road winning % of greater than .600
- Wolverines are 7-1 ATS in their last 8 home games vs. a team with a winning road record
- Wolverines are 5-1 ATS in their last 6 games following a straight up win
- Buckeyes are 1-5 ATS in their last 6 games vs. a team with a winning straight up record
- Buckeyes are 1-5 ATS in their last 6 vs. Big Ten Conference foes
- Buckeyes are 1-6 ATS in their last 7 games overall
The Bottom Line What to bet on this game.
Full-Game Side Bet
Ohio State managed to get back on track but they have struggled in conference play. Five straight losses before beating Nebraska knocked the shine off a 12-1 start to the year. The Buckeyes now have to face a tough Michigan team with an extremely stingy defense. We saw the Wolverines decimate the Hoosiers on the road as they showed a ton of grit by bolting to that 17-0 advantage. Michigan is excellent at home and that gives them the upper hand in this contest. The Wolverines get the upper hand in this contest to run their mark to 20-1 on the year.
Prediction: Michigan Wolverines -10
Full-Game Total Pick
Michigan is going to make life difficult for the Buckeyes in this contest. The Wolverines are third in the nation in scoring defense this season as they have limited the opposition to under 60 points in 11 of their 20 games this season. Two other teams hit exactly 60 points and Michigan has allowed just one team to crack the 70 point mark all season long. Ohio State comes in with just one win in their last six games at this point in time. Will the Buckeyes come up with an upset win on the road in this contest?
The under is 4-0 in the Buckeyes’ last 4 road games vs. a team with a winning home record, 4-0 in their last 4 road games vs. a team with a home winning % of greater than .600 and 6-1 in their last 7 Tuesday games. Michigan has seen the under go 4-0 in their last 4 Tuesday games, 4-1 in their last 5 home games vs. a team with a winning road record and 11-3 in their last 14 games vs. a team with a winning % above .600. Michigan’s defense controls the action and keeps this one under the total.
Prediction: Under 128.5