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Michigan vs Ohio State Basketball Picks 1-15-24

Ohio State Buckeyes (12-4) vs. Michigan Wolverines (6-10)
January 15, 2024 12:00 pm EDT
The Line: Michigan Wolverines +1.5; Over/Under: +146.5
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The Ohio State Buckeyes will play the Michigan Wolverines in a Big Ten game on Monday afternoon at the Crisler Center in Ann Arbor, Michigan. Ohio State has lost two games in a row, while Michigan is on a five-game losing streak. Let’s take a look at the betting matchup and the Ohio State vs Michigan prediction.

Ohio State Preview

The Ohio State Buckeyes are 12-4 (2-3) this year after they lost to Wisconsin by a score of 71-60 in their last game. Ohio State only trailed 35-33 at halftime, but they only scored 27 points in the second half in the loss. The Buckeyes shot 45.5% from the field and only made four throws in the game. Ohio State lost to Indiana by a score of 71-65 in the game prior to Wisconsin, but did win the four previous games. The Buckeyes are scoring 77 points per game with 39.6 rebounds per game and 15.1 assists per game, while giving up 66.1 points against per game this season. Bruce Thornton is averaging 16.6 points per game, 4.4 assists per game, and 2.9 rebounds per game. Ohio State is shooting 45% from the field, 74.2% on free throws, and 36.9% on three pointers this year. 

Michigan Preview

The Michigan Wolverines are 6-10 (1-4) this season after they lost to Maryland by a score of 64-57 in their last game. Michigan led 33-21 at halftime, but they only scored 24 points in the second half in the loss. The Wolverines shot 39.6% from the field and were -3 in rebounding margin in the game. Michigan has also lost to Penn State, Minnesota, McNeese, and Florida during this losing streak. The Wolverines are scoring 80.1 points per game with 37.3 rebounds per game and 13.6 assists per game, while allowing 77.8 points against per game this year. Dug McDaniel is averaging 17.8 points per game, 5.1 assists per game, and 4.1 rebounds per game. Michigan is shooting 47.6% from the field, 70.9% on free throws, and 37.4% on three pointers this season.

Ohio State vs Michigan Betting Prediction

Michigan comes into this game as the worst team in the Big Ten, but they will be at home for this game. The Wolverines have had quite a few halftime leads this season, but they normally play pretty poorly in the second half. Ohio State is looking to snap their two game losing streak and they have only scored 65 and 60 points in their last two games. This Michigan team plays very bad defense and they are very poorly coached. Take Ohio State on the road here. 

David Racey's Free Pick: Ohio State ML

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David Racey

David started writing about sports in 2015, but sports has been his passion for as long as he can remember. David spends most of his free time watching pretty much anything sports related from Baseball to Tennis and everything in between. David likes to analyze statistics and recent results to form an unbiased opinion on whatever game he is breaking down. Follow David on Twitter at @itsyerboi41

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