Free NCAA Basketball Picks for Michigan vs. Ohio State

Jeff Grant

Tuesday, February 11, 2014 1:57 PM GMT

The Ohio State Buckeyes have pretty much owned the Michigan Wolverines in Columbus in recent years, as the two teams prepare to meet for the only time during the regular season Tuesday.

Let’s take a closer look at the college basketball odds for this Big Ten Conference matchup at Value City Arena, with the opening tip scheduled for 9:00 p.m. ET on ESPN.

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Fallen into a pattern

Michigan has alternated wins and losses over its last four games, as it looks to bounce back from a 85-67 defeat to the Iowa Hawkeyes as 5.5-point road underdogs last Saturday on the college basketball odds board, while going OVER the betting total of 145.

The Wolverines have lost back-to-back games just two times over the last three seasons, but they’ve dropped their last nine visits to Columbus.

Over the last two-plus seasons, the program is 2-3 SUATS as road underdogs of 3.5 to 6 points, with the OVER going 5-0 in that situation.

Playing up to par again

Ohio State has won and covered the number in its last three games, as it looks to build off a 67-49 blowout victory over the Purdue Boilermakers as 11-point home favorites last Saturday, while going UNDER the betting total of 132.5.

The Buckeyes are led by senior point guard Aaron Craft, who was recently named the Big Ten’s Player of the Week due to averaging 12 points and recording nine steals versus the Boilermakers and Iowa Hawkeyes.

College basketball handicappers will find that the team is 13-6 SU and 8-10 ATS in February since the start of the 2011-12 campaign.

Quite a stretch

The Wolverines are finishing a stretch of five games in 13 days, which is why they’ll need a big performance from leading scorer Nik Stauskas, who has scored just 25 combined points over his last three games.

Stauskas has scored in double figures in 18 games, while he paces the Big Ten in shooting 44.4 percent from beyond the arc.

Domination

Buckeyes head coach Thad Matta is 17-4 SU all-time against the Wolverines, including victories in eight of the last 10 meetings in this heated rivalry.

Ohio State leads the league in surrendering just 58.9 points per game, while ranking behind just two teams with a +13.0 scoring margin.

Prediction

I’m going to recommend that readers back the Buckeyes in the first half as one of their college basketball picks, as the Wolverines are 1-4 ATS in the last five meetings in this series.

College Basketball Pick: Ohio State Buckeyes -2 First Half at BetOnline