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Ohio State vs. Michigan - 1/13/15 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Michigan Wolverines (10-6) at Ohio State Buckeyes (13-4)

College Basketball: Tuesday, January 13, 2015 at 7:00 pm (Value City Arena)

The Line: Ohio State Buckeyes -8.5 -- Over/Under: See the Latest Odds

TV: ESPN

The Michigan Wolverines and Ohio State Buckeyes meet Tuesday night at the Value City Arena.

The Michigan Wolverines have won four of their last five games and play their fourth true road game. On the season, Michigan is averaging 66.9 points on 42.4 percent shooting and is allowing 62.4 points on 43.7 percent shooting. Caris LeVert is averaging 14.8 points and 3.7 assists while Zak Irvin is averaging 14.6 points and 4.1 rebounds. Derrick Walton Jr. is the third player averaging double-digit points and Spike Albrecht is dishing 3.5 assists. The Michigan Wolverines are still an offensive team that has five players averaging at least five points while they’re shooting 72.7 percent from the line and 36.3 percent from downtown. Defensively, Michigan is allowing 35.8 percent shooting from deep and has allowed 65 or less points in six straight games.

Ohio State vs. Michigan - 1/13/15 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction

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The Ohio State Buckeyes have split their last four games and look for their third conference win. On the season, OSU is averaging 81.8 points on 51.1 percent shooting and is allowing 60.8 points on 38.8 percent shooting. D'Angelo Russell is averaging 17.9 points and 4.9 assists while Marc Loving is averaging 12 points and 3.9 rebounds. Sam Thompson is the third player averaging double-digit points and Shannon Scott is dishing 7.2 assists. The Ohio State Buckeyes are one of the top offensive teams in the country that’s shooting 70.5 percent from the line and 38.9 percent from downtown. Defensively, Ohio State is allowing 30.9 percent shooting from deep and has allowed 61 or less points in four of its last eight games.

The Wolverines are 3-9-1 ATS in their last 13 games following a ATS win and 3-8 ATS in their last 11 games overall. The Buckeyes are 4-1 ATS in their last 5 home games and 7-15-1 ATS in their last 23 games overall. Wolverines are 5-2 ATS in the last 7 meetings in Ohio State and 9-4 ATS in the last 13 meetings overall.

In a rivalry game, you can always throw the numbers out the window. It's no secret that Michigan has been a huge letdown this year but wins in four of its last five games shows that things may be turning around. I just can't leave this many points on the table in a game where both teams hate each other. 

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Michigan Wolverines +8.5

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