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College Basketball Picks: Michigan Wolverines vs. Ohio State Buckeyes

Jeff GrantContributor IFebruary 11, 2014

College Basketball Picks: Michigan Wolverines vs. Ohio State Buckeyes

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    The Ohio State Buckeyes have won and covered the number in their last three games, which is important to consider when making your college basketball picks Tuesday, as they prepare to take on the Michigan Wolverines at Value City Arena.

    Sports bettors will find that the Buckeyes are 3.5-point home favorites in the NCAA basketball odds, with the betting total sitting at 129 in the market.

    Let's take a closer look at this Big Ten Conference matchup from a betting perspective, while offering up a prediction along the way.

     

    Gambling stats via SBR Forum

Michigan Wolverines

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    The Michigan Wolverines have alternated wins and losses over their last four games, as they attempt to bounce back from a 85-67 defeat to the Iowa Hawkeyes as 5.5-point road underdogs last Saturday.

    College basketball handicappers will find that the Wolverines are 2-3 straight up and against the spread as road underdogs of 3.5 to six points the last two-plus seasons.

Ohio State Buckeyes

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    Ohio State Buckeyes head coach Thad Matta has compiled a 17-4 straight-up record against the Michigan Wolverines in his career, including victories in eight of the last 10 meetings.

    Over the last two-plus seasons, the Buckeyes are 2-2 straight up and against the spread as home favorites of 3.5 to six points, with the UNDER going 3-1 in that situation.

Prediction

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    I'm going to recommend that readers back the Ohio State Buckeyes in the first half, as the Michigan Wolverines have failed to cover the number in four of the last five meetings in this rivalry.

    College Basketball Pick: Ohio State Buckeyes -2 First Half

     

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