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Ohio State Buckeyes vs. Michigan Wolverines Betting Pick

Time: 1:40 PM EST Saturday March 15, 2014, CBS

Location: Bankers Life Fieldhouse, Indianapolis, Indiana

The 8th ranked Michigan Wolverines face the 24th ranked Ohio State Buckeyes in the semifinals of the Big 10 conference tournament.

In their last games: In the quarterfinals of the Big 10 tournament Ohio State beat Nebraska 71-67 and Michigan beat Illinois 64-63.

In their win over Nebraska Ohio State outscored Nebraska by 7 points in the 2nd half and they held the Cornhuskers to a FG% of 36.7%.

In their win over Illinois Michigan did not have a good shooting night and they did not play great defense, but they did force 14 turnovers.

In their lone meeting this season the Wolverines beat the Buckeyes 70-60 at Ohio State.

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Here are some additional handicapping angles to ponder:

The underdog has covered the spread in 8 of the last 11 games between these 2 teams.

Ohio State has made the semifinals of the conference tournament in 6 straight season and have won it 3 of the last 4 seasons including last one.

Michigan has on the last 2 games facing Ohio State.

Betting Odds

Point Spread: – Michigan -3
Total Line: 128.5
Money Line: Buckeyes +135 /Wolverines -155

Straight up and Against the Point Spread Records
Ohio State Buckeyes: 25-8 SU 15-17 ATS
Michigan Wolverines: 24-7 SU 15-13-1 ATS

Key Betting Trends
• OSU is 0-5 ATS in their last 5 games overall.
• OSU is 0-4 ATS in their last 4 games following a ATS loss.
• OSU has an Under record of 9-4 in their last 13 games following a ATS loss.
• MICH is 4-1 ATS in their last 5 games following a ATS loss.
• MICH is 2-7 ATS in their last 9 games following a S.U. win.
• MICH has an Over record of 5-1 in their last 6 games.

Sagarin Power Rankings
Ohio State Buckeyes: 88.47
Michigan Wolverines: 89.60

Key Player Injuries

Buckeyes
No injuries to report at this time.

Wolverines
[F] 12/27/2013 – Mitch McGary out indefinitely ( Back )

Betting Pick:

The Wolverines are the square pick here and while we’re usually anti-square, we can’t play the other side. Michigan beat the Ohio State Buckeyes by 10 on the road and bettors are asked to lay only 3 here on a neutral court. This certainly feels like a trap game so we’re going to make this only a suggestion.
Lean to the Michigan Wolverines -3.

Why waste money? Bet this game at and lay -105 instead of -110!

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