Ohio State at Michigan: 3/13/21 College Basketball Picks and Prediction
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Michigan Wolverines (20-3) vs Ohio State Buckeyes (20-8)
Game Info: Saturday, March 13, 2021 at 1:00 pm (Lucas Oil Stadium)
Betting Odds: Michigan Wolverines -6.5 -- Over/Under: 146.5 Click Here for the Latest Odds
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The 9th ranked Ohio State Buckeyes and 4th ranked Michigan Wolverines will square off at Lucas Oil Stadium in the Semifinals of the Big Ten Championship this Saturday afternoon.
The 5-seed Ohio State Buckeyes (20-8) advanced to the Semifinals of the Big Ten Championship after defeating the 4-seed Purdue Boilermakers, 87-78 in OT, on Friday. Ohio State allowed Purdue to fight back from a 49-31 halftime deficit to force OT, however, the Buckeyes were outstanding offensively in the OT and pulled away after a Duane Washington Jr. three-pointer gave the Buckeyes an 83-76 lead with 1:17 left in OT. Ohio State shot 45.5% from the field and 35.5% from beyond the arc while Purdue shot 43.5% from the field and 34.6% from beyond the arc. Leading the way for the Buckeyes was Duane Washington Jr. was 20 points, 5 rebounds, & 3 assists.
Coming into their game against Purdue, Ohio State was averaging 76.9 ppg on 46.2% from the field. The Buckeyes were averaging 8.0 three-pointers per game on 36.1% shooting from beyond the arc. Offensively, Ohio State had been led by E.J. Liddell (16.0 ppg, 6.5 rpg, 1.4 apg, 1.0 bpg), Duane Washington Jr. (15.3 ppg, 2.8 rpg, 3.0 apg), Justice Sueing (10.7 ppg, 5.5 rpg, 1.6 apg, 1.0 spg), & CJ Walker (9.2 ppg, 2.9 rpg, 4.3 apg).
Defensively, Ohio State was allowing their opponents to average 70.1 ppg on 42.5% shooting from the field. The Buckeyes had a rebound margin of 2.7 and a turnover margin of -0.0.
The 1-seed Michigan Wolverines (20-3) advanced to the Semifinals of the Big Ten Championship after defeating the 8-seed Maryland Terrapins, 79-66, on Friday. Michigan led by just a 40-38 margin at halftime, however, the Wolverines were outstanding defensively in the 2nd half and was able to pull away after taking a 62-52 lead with 8:15 left in regulation. Michigan shot 51.7% from the field and 45.5% from beyond the arc while Maryland shot 48.1% from the field and 30.8% from beyond the arc. Michigan outrebounded Maryland by a 32-26 margin and won the turnover battle by a 11-8 margin in the victory. Leading the way for the Wolverines was Mike Smith who had 18 points, 15 assists, 5 rebounds, & 2 steals.
Coming into their game against Maryland, Michigan was averaging 76.5 ppg on 48.8% shooting from the field. The Wolverines were averaging 7.5 three-pointers per game on 38.6% shooting from beyond the arc. Offensively, Michigan had been led by Hunter Dickinson (14.3 ppg, 7.7 rpg, 1.4 bpg), Isaiah Livers (13.7 ppg, 6.1 rpg, 2.0 apg), Franz Wagner (12.9 ppg, 6.3 rpg, 2.9 apg, 1.4 spg, 1.0 bpg), & Mike Smith (8.7 ppg, 2.6 rpg, 5.0 apg).
Defensively, Michigan was holding their opponents to an average of 65.2 ppg on 39.0% shooting from the field. The Wolverines had a rebound margin of 6.5 and a turnover margin of -1.4.
The Buckeyes are 4-1 ATS in their last 5 Saturday games, however, are just 1-5 ATS in their last 6 games overall. The Wolverines are 12-4 ATS in their last 16 games vs. a team with a winning straight up record and 36-14-3 ATS in their last 53 neutral site games.
Ohio State is no doubt a solid team, however, the Buckeyes just have not been playing their best basketball as of late as coming into the tournament they lost 4 straight games and it is a bit concerning seeing them barley defeat Minnesota in the 2nd round and allowing Purdue to fight back from an 18-point halftime deficit to force OT. Michigan picked up a nice win against a Maryland team that has been playing some solid basketball as of late and between the fact that Michigan already defeated Ohio State on the road and that they come into this game ranked in the top-20 in both offensive & defensive FG%, I think the play here is to take the Wolverines to cover this mid-range spread. Good Luck!