Michigan's ATS Record vs. Ohio State Signals Betting Edge

Jeff Grant

Tuesday, January 13, 2015 4:34 PM GMT

Michigan has been a moneymaker in the month of January in recent years, which makes it a dangerous road underdog against Ohio State Tuesday night.

Showing Improvement
After a rough stretch of losing four consecutive contests from Dec. 6-20, Michigan has put together a 4-1 SU and 3-2 ATS record since that point of time, including wins in three of its first four Big Ten Conference affairs.

The Wolverines won both of their games last week with head coach John Beilein sending out a new lineup on the floor, with Spike Albrecht joining teammates Ricky Doyle, Zak Irvin, Caris Levert and Derrick Walton Jr. Since becoming a full-time starter six games ago, Doyle has really upped his production in a major way—shooting 71.8 percent from the field and averaging 9.6 points and 3.6 rebounds.

Since the start of the 2012-13 campaign, the program is 17-2 SU and 13-5-1 ATS in the first month of a calendar year, with the UNDER going 10-9 in that situation.

 

Splitsville
Ohio State returns home after splitting a pair of road games against Minnesota and Indiana, which is important to consider when looking over the college basketball odds, as it’ll likely play in front of a raucous atmosphere at Value City Arena Tuesday.

The Buckeyes football earned a convincing win over the Oregon Ducks in the first-ever college football championship game, while students arrived back on campus yesterday for the first day of the new academic calendar. It’s important to point out that the team is 17-6 SU all-time in this rivalry series under head coach Thad Matta, including a 9-1 mark at this venue.

Over the last two-plus seasons, Matta’s crew has put together a mediocre 10-8 SU and 9-9 ATS record in January.

 

A Major Dichotomy
The Wolverines are averaging 74.9 points in their victories this season, but have been limited to just 53.7 points a contest in setbacks.

Michigan has a great chance of staying within this number due to the fact that it ranks 23rd in the country in turning the ball over on just 16.2 percent of its offensive possessions, as it prepares to face a defense that sits behind just six teams in creating opponent miscues.

 

Dynamic Player
The Buckeyes are a dark horse candidate to win the 2015 NCAA Tournament if guard D’Angelo Russell continues to grow his game, as he leads the team in averaging 17.5 points a contest. Russell is the No. 2 scoring true freshman in the country, while he also manages to contribute 4.9 assists and 4.6 rebounds per game.

 

Prediction
I’m going to recommend that readers back the Wolverines as one of their top college basketball picks, as they’ve gone 9-4 ATS in their last 13 meetings versus the Buckeyes.

Free College Basketball Pick:  Michigan Wolverines +9.5 at Pinnacle

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