Michigan vs. Ohio State - 2/22/15 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction
Ohio State Buckeyes (19-7) at Michigan Wolverines (13-13)
College Basketball: Sunday, February 22, 2015 at 1:00 pm (Crisler Center)
The Line: Michigan Wolverines +6.5 -- Over/Under: See the Latest Odds
The Ohio State Buckeyes and Michigan Wolverines meet Sunday at the Crisler Center.
The Ohio State Buckeyes hope to keep rolling after wins in five of their last seven games. On the season, OSU is averaging 78 points on 50 percent shooting and is allowing 61.1 points on 39 percent shooting. D'Angelo Russell is averaging 19.1 points and 5.5 assists while Marc Loving is averaging 11.2 points and 3.7 rebounds. Sam Thompson is the third double-digit scorer and Jae'Sean Tate is grabbing 4.8 rebounds. The Ohio State Buckeyes have five players averaging at least 7.8 points, and they’re shooting 67.5 percent from the line and 38.4 percent from downtown. Defensively, OSU is allowing 31.5 percent shooting from deep and has given up 60 or less points in five straight games. Anthony Lee is questionable.
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The Michigan Wolverines have lost five straight and look for their first ranked win. On the season, Michigan is averaging 62.8 points on 41.1 percent shooting and is allowing 63.2 points on 44.6 percent shooting. Zak Irvin is averaging 13.5 points and 4.2 rebounds while Spike Albrecht is averaging 6.4 points and 3.7 assists. Ricky Doyle is grabbing three rebounds and Aubrey Dawkins is shooting 46.4 percent from the field. The Michigan Wolverines have three active players averaging at least 6.3 points, and they’re shooting 75 percent from the line and 35 percent from downtown. Defensively, Michigan is allowing 33.7 percent shooting from deep and has given up 69 or more points in five of its last seven games.
The Buckeyes are 7-1-1 ATS in their last 9 games following a ATS loss and 2-10-1 ATS in their last 13 road games. The Wolverines are 4-10 ATS in their last 14 home games and 3-8 ATS in their last 11 games following a S.U. loss. The over is 5-1 in the last 6 meetings in Michigan.
The Ohio State Buckeyes have been fade material all season long on the road. Also, I usually tend to take the free points in rivalry games. Look for Michigan to play hard and give itself a chance to win late. Take the points.