No. 22 Michigan Looks To Pull Off Upset at Home Against No. 8 Ohio State
The 22nd-ranked Michigan Wolverines will look to pull off the big upset at home when they host the eighth-ranked Ohio State Buckeyes in a huge Big Ten conference clash that could have postseason implications for both teams once March Madness rolls around.
Michigan has won two straight and four of five heading into this contest while Ohio State was set to take on Penn State on Thursday night. Now, let’s find out where the value is in this contest.
How To Bet Ohio State Buckeyes Vs Michigan Wolverines
Ohio State throttled Iowa 82-64 on Saturday as Keita Bates-Diop had 14 points and eight rebounds to help the Buckeyes take sole possession of first place in the Big Ten last weekend. Kaleb Watson added 18 points for the Buckeyes.
"We still kind of control our destiny at this point," Ohio State forward Micah Potter said. "We were still motivated, just motivated."
Michigan laid a 74-59 smackdown on Iowa on Wednesday night as Duncan Robinson scored a team-high 22 points to lead the Wolverines to victory. Senior co-captain Muhammad-Ali Abdur-Rahkman added 18 points in the win.
"Now when you’re a senior, you’re looking at your last games," Robinson said. "You’re kind of looking at it like it’s now or never. You kind of see the time ticking down on your career.
Michigan will be looking to extract some revenge for their 71-62 road loss to Ohio State on Dec. 4. Unfortunately, they’re not getting the win in this huge conference matchup against a Buckeyes team that is as good as any team in the nation defensively except Virginia.
The Buckeyes have not allowed any of their last four opponents to reach the 68-point mark and have held nine of their last 10 opponents to 69 points or less. Ohio State limits the opposition to just 66.0 points per game to rank 37th nationally. The Buckeyes have held two of their last 10 opponents to 56 and 59 points respectively while also holding two opponents to just 49 and 46 points. That kind of defense is why the Ohio State will win this one despite being on the road.