Big 10 foes will battle when the Ohio State Buckeyes (6-3, 1-0 Big 10) go head-to-head against the Michigan Wolverines (7-2, 1-0 Big 10) at Value City Arena. The Over/Under (O/U) for the game opened at 136.5 points with Ohio State set as a 1.5-point favorite. Action gets underway at 6:30 p.m. ET on Monday, December 4, 2017.
Michigan Wolverines vs. Ohio State Buckeyes Betting Preview
The Wolverines were victorious over the Indiana Hoosiers in their last outing, 69-55. With 13 points and seven rebounds, Michigan’s Moritz Wagner played well. The Wolverines held the Hoosiers to an effective field goal percentage of 0.418 (below their season average of 0.561) and had a better turnover percentage (14.4 vs. 15.2).
In the Buckeyes last game, they blew out the Wisconsin Badgers, 83-58. Ohio State rallied around Keita Bates-Diop, who had 17 points, 11 rebounds and five assists. Ohio State played a flawless game. They had an offensive rebounding percentage of 27.8 (below their season average of 33.5) and an effective field goal percentage of 0.734 (above their season average of 0.515). For those same stats, Wisconsin was 15.6 and 0.490, respectively.
Ohio State could have difficulty getting to the free throw line in this matchup. The Buckeyes rank 142nd in the nation with a free throw attempt (FTA) rate of 0.257, while Michigan ranks 16th in FTA rate allowed (0.182) dating back to the 2016-17 season.
Both of these teams have typically gone under the projected point total. Michigan games have finished under 62.5 percent of the time, while 71.4 percent of games including Ohio State have finished under. The Wolverines come into this game with much better straight up (SU) and against the spread (ATS) records. They are 7-2 SU and 4-4 ATS, while the Buckeyes are 6-3 SU and 3-4 ATS.
The Buckeyes won the sole game against the Wolverines last season, 70-66. Ohio State had a much better offensive rebounding percentage (48.5 vs. 21.2). Michigan, on the other hand, had a better turnover percentage (16.9 vs. 19.9).
Michigan Wolverines at Ohio State Buckeyes Prediction
Predictions: SU Winner – Michigan, ATS Winner – Michigan, O/U – Over
Betting Notes (2016-Present):
- The Wolverines rank 22nd in blocks allowed per game (2.5) while the Buckeyes rank 90th (3.0).
- Michigan ranks 172nd in steals per game (6.1) while Ohio State ranks 239th (5.3).
- Michigan ranks third in three pointers allowed per game (15.6) while Ohio State ranks 297th (24.3).
- The Buckeyes rank 88th in rebounds per game (37.6) while the Wolverines rank 324th (30.0).
- Michigan ranks 36th in assists allowed per game (11.4) while Ohio State ranks 122nd (12.7).