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Michigan Wolverines vs. Buckeyes 3/15/14 Big Ten Tournament Pick, Odds, Prediction

Ohio State Buckeyes (25-8) Vs. Michigan Wolverines (24-7)

College Basketball: Saturday March 15, 2014 1:40 PM

The Line: Michigan Wolverines -2.5-- Over/Under: 129 See the Latest Odds

TV: CBS

The Michigan Wolverines and the Ohio State Buckeyes face off on Friday in Indianapolis in a quarterfinal matchup in the Big Ten Tournament.

The Michigan Wolverines took the court for the first time in the Big Ten Tournament on Friday and squeaked by with a win over Illinois. . Michigan is 16-3 in the Big 10, 4-1 in neutral site games, and are hoping to get some help and get a top seed in the NCAA Tournament. Nik Stuaskas leads the Wolverines averaging 17.5 points per game. Caris LeVert is averaging 13.4 points, Glenn Robinson III is averaging 13.3 points, and Derrick Walton Jr. is averaging 8.0 points. Michigan is averaging 75.1 points and they are shooting 47.9 percent while defensively they are allowing 65.1 points and their opponents are shooting 44.2 percent. Michigan won the regular season Big Ten title and won the last meeting over Ohio State by 10 in Columbus.

Michigan Wolverines vs. Buckeyes 3/15/14 Big Ten Tournament Pick, Odds, Prediction

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The Ohio State Buckeyes have had to earn their way into this game knocking off Purdue on Thursday and Nebraska on Friday. Ohio State is 12-8 in Big Ten games, 3-0 in neutral site games, and 2-2 against teams ranked in the top 25. LaQuinton Ross is averaging 15.3 points and 6.1 rebounds to lead the Buckeyes. Lenzells Smith Jr. is averaging 11.4 points and 5.2 rebounds, Aaron Craft is averaging 9.6 points, and Amir Williams is averaging 8.1 points and 5.9 rebounds per game. Ohio State is averaging 69.8 points and they are shooting 44.8 percent while their opponents score 59.4 points and shoot 40.2 percent. Ohio State was able to battle back from 18 points down on Friday to earn the win.

Michigan is 2-7 against the spread in their last nine games following a win, 4-1 against the spread following a game that they didn’t cover the spread, and 0-3-1 against the spread in their last four neutral site games. Ohio State is 0-4 against the spread following a game that they didn’t cover the spread, 0-5 against the spread in their last five games, and 0-6 against the spread in their last six neutral site games. The underdog has covered the spread in the last 11 meetings of these two.

My free pick in this one is going to be on the total and at 129 I like the over. My stronger play is on who will cover the spread and I will post that pick in the Premium Area and on the App.

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Over 129

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