NCAA Basketball Picks: Ohio State vs. Michigan

Jeff Grant

Tuesday, February 5, 2013 2:13 PM GMT

The Ohio State Buckeyes have won 17 of their last 20 meetings with the Michigan Wolverines, but find themselves as road underdogs Tuesday night at the Crisler Center. Where do we believe that the best value lies for your sport picks tonight?


Let’s take a closer look at the betting odds for one of the biggest rivalries in the Big Ten Conference.

Trending under

Ohio State has gone UNDER the total in eight of its nine Big Ten games, which includes a 63-56 victory over the Nebraska Cornhuskers as 12-point road favorites last Saturday—falling short of the betting total by four points. The Buckeyes are allowing opponents to score 57.3 points per game on 37.8 percent shooting. 

Avoiding back-to-back losses 

Michigan has yet to lose back-to-back games over the last two regular seasons, which is important to consider when making your sports betting picks Tuesday night, as it attempts to bounce back from an 81-73 setback to the Indiana Hoosiers as 5.5-point road underdogs over the past weekend. The Wolverines are 13-4 against the spread (ATS) off a loss against a conference rival over the past two-plus seasons.

Domination as a ranked team 

Sports bettors may find the Buckeyes as an appealing option when looking over the NCAA basketball odds page, considering they’ve won 14 of their last 15 games as a ranked team when playing the Wolverines. It’s important to note that Ohio State has also compiled a 7-3 straight-up record when both teams come in as members of the AP Top 25 poll. 

In this year’s previous meeting on Jan. 13, the Buckeyes earned a 56-53 victory as two-point home favorites, while going UNDER the posted total of 137.5. 

Hitting a certain number

The Wolverines are averaging 77.8 points per game, which currently ranks as the highest per-game average under coach John Beilein. Michigan has won all 27 of its games under his direction when scoring 80 or more points, while capturing 67 of 72 affairs when finishing with 70 or more.

It’s important to note that the program hasn’t reached either of those levels versus Ohio State since Jan. 3, 2010—coming away with a 73-64 win as two-point home favorites, which was 10 games ago in this particular series.

Burke and Hardaway Jr. 

Trey Burke and Tim Hardaway Jr. are combining to average 33.8 points per game, as they make up one of the better backcourts in the country. The talented duo finished with 27 points on 9 of 28 shooting in the first meeting with the Buckeyes. Expect a much better effort from them on the offensive end inside a venue that the team has won 28 of its 29 games the last two years.

[gameodds]14/219675/43/us[/gameodds]

Prediction

I’m going to recommend that readers add a play the total to their NCAA Basketball picks tonight, as the OVER is 4-1-1 in the Wolverines last six games when playing as home favorites of 6.5 to 9 points, while the Buckeyes have climbed above the number in five of their last seven games as a road underdog.

NCAA Basketball Pick: Over 133 at Bookmaker