Michigan Wolverines at Ohio State Buckeyes Betting Preview
Two of the top four teams in college basketball will meet up on Sunday in a much-anticipated Big Ten Conference showdown. The Ohio State Buckeyes will host the Michigan Wolverines in what could be a potential Final Four preview.
Michigan returned to the court this week after a long absence due to COVID-19, but they showed little rust. The Wolverines have gone 15-1 overall this season, and they lead the Big Ten Conference with a 10-1 record.
Ohio State has rattled off seven straight wins to move to 12-4 in conference action. The Buckeyes are 18-4 overall, and most consider them to be a strong contender for a number 1 seed in the NCAA Tournament.
The Ohio State Buckeyes are slight one-point favorites at home over the Michigan Wolverines.
Michigan Can Really Defend
The Michigan Wolverines are holding opponents to less than 65 points per game this season, and they are dominant on the defensive end of the floor. Few teams can protect the rim like Michigan, and they will make life difficult for the Buckeyes.
Freshman center Hunter Dickinson leads the Wolverines with 14.6 points per game, and he is shooting nearly 65 percent from the field. Michigan is scoring nearly 79 points per game, and the play from their young big man is a big reason why.
The Wolverines are shooting better than 38 percent from the three-point line, and that will also play a role in this game. Michigan dominates teams on defense, but they can also score some points.
Buckeyes Scoring Some Points
The Ohio State Buckeyes are one of the best offensive teams in the country, averaging 78 points per game. Ohio State just put up 92 points in a win over Penn State, and they will look to push the tempo.
E.J. Liddell leads the team with 15.5 points per game, but he could have a tough time scoring against a big Michigan team. Duane Washington Jr. is the best perimeter scorer for Ohio State, and he will need to shoot it well in this game.
Ohio State is allowing less than 70 points per game, and they must find a way to protect the paint in this one. The Buckeyes don’t have a ton of depth, but the veteran roster will need to find a way to defend the red-hot Wolverines.
Wolverines Just Too Good
Ohio State has won seven straight games to move to the top of the Big Ten Conference, but this will be their toughest test of the season. The Buckeyes can really score, but they will be facing an extremely tough defense.
Michigan was able to return earlier this week after a long break, and they looked like they had not lost a single step. The Wolverines are absolutely loaded, and they appear to be on a mission this season.
The Wolverines are going to win this game to stay on top of the Big Ten Conference. Bet the Michigan Wolverines over the Ohio State Buckeyes.
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