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College Basketball Picks: Michigan Wolverines vs. Ohio State Buckeyes

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 Begin Slideshow

College Basketball Picks: Michigan Wolverines vs. Ohio State Buckeyes

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 Begin Slideshow

Ohio State Buckeyes vs. Michigan Wolverines: Spread Analysis and Pick Prediction

The Michigan vs. Ohio State rivalry has been pretty one-sided in the past decade, with the Buckeyes boasting an 8-1 mark—both straight up and against the spread—in this annual clash. The Wolverines catch 14 points here from Vegas, but their history of covering home spreads against Ohio State isn’t anything to be proud of (1-6 ATS in seven recent tries). Point spread Ohio State opened as 14.5-point favorites in The Game; the total was 58 early in the week. (Line updates and matchup report) Odds Shark computer prediction 47-26 Buckeyes Why Ohio State can cover the spread As long as the Buckeyes have an outside chance at sneaking into the BCS Championship picture, they’re worth a look in any game. While the line is big for such a heated rivalry, keep in mind Ohio State has won and covered eight of the last nine meetings, and if there’s one thing coach Urban Meyer takes to heart, it’s rivalry week. Why Michigan can cover the spread It’s one thing to play a spoiler role in a conference game, it’s another to ruin the title hopes of your biggest rival ever. The Wolverines have lost three of four straight-up, yes. But this is an entirely different animal, and the approach for this game is always the same: win outright. At their best, the Wolverines can stay within this big number, something they have failed to do in six of seven tries at home against the Buckeyes. Smart Pick Not only are the Buckeyes on an 8-1 SU…

Ohio State vs. Illinois: Betting Odds Analysis and Pick Prediction

The Ohio State Buckeyes lay nearly five touchdowns to Big Ten rival Illinois as they look to extend their winning streak to 22 games. But the Illini have been staunch as home underdogs, going 6-3 ATS in nine games in this situation. And getting 32 points at home in a conference tilt is a tempting number for many fans. Point spread: Ohio State opened as 32-point road favorites; the total was 67 Wednesday. (Line updates and matchup report) Odds Shark computer says: 49-15 Ohio State Why Ohio State can cover the spread Ohio State enters the game with the longest winning streak in college football at 21 games, and, while this is a mighty big number, it’s important to understand the Buckeyes rank third in the nation in rushing defense (88.2 yards per game). Stopping the run essentially takes away any play action. Can you say shutout? The Buckeyes have handled big spreads with ease lately, going 7-1 ATS in their past eight games. Why Illinois can cover the spread There is an actual trophy these two play for as this is the annual Illibuck Trophy game, one of Illinois’ three trophy games. While the Buckeyes have won the last five trophies, the average margin of victory has been 18.2, with the largest margin being 30 points. The line is 32 and the Illini have covered six of nine games as home underdogs. Smart Pick It’s hard to ignore a live home underdog catching this many points. The revamped Illinois offense has made huge strides from last season, jumping at least 55…

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