Ohio State vs. Michigan Wolverines Prediction 1/15/2024

The Ohio State Buckeyes (12-4) travel to face off against the Michigan Wolverines (6-10) on Monday, January 15th. This game will be played at Crisler Center in Ann Arbor and televised on FOX. Both Ohio State and Michigan will be looking to bounce back from losses in their previous games. Tip-off is scheduled for 12:00 ET.

Ohio State Buckeyes vs Michigan Wolverines

The Ohio State Buckeyes Look To Bounce Back From A Loss

Ohio State is a 1.5-point favorite for tonight’s game against Michigan. The Buckeyes are 11-4 this season when favored, and they have a 3-2 record on the road.

So far, Ohio State is 2-3 in Big Ten play and 10-1 in non-conference action. The team’s overall record is 12-4, and they have lost two straight games.

When looking at Ohio State’s ATS record this season, they have struggled with a mark of 5-11. On the road, the Buckeyes are 2-3 vs. the spread, and their last 10 games as the favorite, they have gone just 3-7.

On the season, the over/under record for Ohio State games is 9-7 and today’s line of 147 is higher than the average OU line in their games (143). So far, eight of their games have finished with more points than today’s line. Over their last three games, the average scoring total is 138 points and the OU record in their games over their last 10 contests is 6-4.

The Michigan Wolverines Look To Bounce Back From A Loss

Michigan has had a tough go of it lately, as they have lost five straight games. Their overall record is 6-10, and they are 1-4 in Big Ten play. At home, the Wolverines are just 3-7 this season.

As the underdog, Michigan has gone 2-4 this season. Their average scoring margin at home is +2.3, and they are coming off a 64-57 loss to Maryland.

Michigan’s ATS record this season is just 4-11, including a mark of 2-8 at home. Over their last 10 games as the underdog, the Wolverines are 6-4 vs. the spread. At home, however, they have gone just 1-8 ATS in their last 10 contests.

Michigan’s over/under record for the season sits at 10-5, and today’s line of 147 is lower than the average OU line in their games (149.9). So far, 11 of their games have finished with more points than today’s line. Over their last three games, the over/under record is 0-3.

Ohio State Offense Breakdown

Compared to their season average of 77 points per game, Ohio State struggled in their previous game. Against Wisconsin, the Buckeyes scored 60 points while finishing with a field goal percentage of 44.6%. Offensively, the Buckeyes hold a season-long field goal percentage of 45%, placing them 186th in the national rankings. When it comes to three-pointers, they are ranked 77th in terms of percentage and 113rd in three-pointers made.

Bruce Thornton (G) 16.6 2.8 4.4
Jamison Battle (F) 15.2 5.3 1.2
Roddy Gayle Jr. (G) 14.2 5.4 3.2

Michigan Offense Breakdown

In contrast to their season average of 80.1 points per game, the Michigan had a below average performance. They scored 57 points against Maryland and had a field goal percentage of 39.6%. Olivier Nkamhoua is the current leading scorer for the team, with an average of 16.9 as they approach today’s matchup. In addition, Dug McDaniel brings a PPG average of 17.8 into the game.

Olivier Nkamhoua (F) 16.9 7.6 2.6
Dug McDaniel (G) 17.8 4.1 5.1
Terrance Williams II (F) 12.6 4.2 1.3

Ohio State Team Defense

The Buckeyes’ defense is presently ranked 65th nationally, allowing an average of 66.1 points per contest. Ohio State’s three-point defense is currently 83rd in the country at 6.2 made threes per game. In terms of overall field goal percentage, opponets have hit 41.5% of their shots vs. Ohio State.

Michigan Team Defense

At this time, the Wolverines’ defense is positioned 270th in the country, permitting 77.8 points per game. Michigan’s three-point defense is currently 151st in the country at 7.5 made threes per game. In terms of overall field goal percentage, opponets have hit 44.7% of their shots vs. Michigan.

Buckeyes vs Wolverines Trends

  • Across their ten previous road games, Ohio State has an ATS mark of 6-4. Their straight up record in these matchups was 6-4 while averaging 72 points per game.
  • Through their last three home contests, the Wolverines offense has averaged 73 points per game while allowing an average of 74. Michigan posted an overall record of 1-2 while going 1-2 ATS.
  • The last five games that Michigan was the underdog, they have an ATS mark of 1-4 while going 1-4 straight up.
  • Through their last five matchups as the betting favorite, the Buckeyes have a good straight up record, but their ATS mark is just 1-4.

Buckeyes vs Wolverines Prediction

Entering the game as underdogs with a spread of +1.5, the Wolverines is our point spread pick. Our projections not only see them covering the spread but also indicate a solid chance of an outright victory. This is a good choice for those looking for a higher moneyline payout.

Right now, the over/under line for the game is sitting at 147 and given that our model is projecting 143 points between the teams, we like the under.

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