The Buckeyes had lost three straight meetings with the Wolverines—going 1-2 against the spread—before routing them 71-52 at home back on Jan. 13 as 9.5-point favorites at sportsbooks monitored by OddsShark.com.
Michigan is riding a five-game losing streak, failing to cover three of its past four, after falling at home to Michigan State 80-67 as a five-point underdog on Tuesday. The Wolverines are just 6-8 in conference play and 13-13 overall, likely needing to win the Big Ten tournament to earn a bid to the Big Dance.
Ohio State is in much better shape and seems a lock to make the NCAA tournament at this point. The Buckeyes dropped a tough 59-56 decision at Michigan State on a three-pointer by Denzel Valentine with 3.2 seconds left, coming up short of covering as 2.5-point underdogs on the college basketball odds. The Buckeyes are 8-5 in the Big Ten and 19-7 overall following that setback, but winning five of seven with a 4-3 ATS mark during that stretch.
In the first meeting earlier this season, Ohio State took a 39-24 lead at halftime and then went on a 13-0 run to start the second half. Freshman phenom D'Angelo Russell scored a game-high 21 points to earn the Buckeyes' their first win in the series since 2013.
The total went UNDER 129.5 points in that last game between the teams following a string of three straight OVER results in the series that corresponded with a Michigan victory each time. In fact, the UNDER is 5-1 in Ohio State’s past six wins against the Wolverines according to the OddsShark College Basketball Database, along with the team’s last six games overall.