Michigan Wolverines vs Ohio State Buckeyes Prediction, 2/21/2021 College Basketball Pick, Tips and Odds
Game: Michigan Wolverines vs Ohio State Buckeyes
Date: Sunday, February 21, 2021
Location: Value City Arena in Columbus, OH
Odds/Point Spread: Michigan (+1)
The Michigan Wolverines (15-1) travel to Value City Arena on Sunday where they'll meet the Ohio State Buckeyes (18-4). The spread on this game has Ohio State as 1-point favorites. The O/U has been set at 145.5.
Michigan steps onto the hardwood with a mark of 15-1 so far this year. They are turning it over 12.4 times per contest and as a team are committing 14.9 fouls every game. As a team, Michigan is snagging 39.4 rebounds per game and has accounted for 266 assists so far this season, which has them ranked 127th in D-1 in terms of passing the ball. The Wolverines are shooting 38.0% on 3-point shots (122 of 321) and 76.5% from the charity stripe. They currently have an average of 78.4 points per outing (49th in the nation) while shooting 49.9% from the floor. On the defensive end, the Wolverines are forcing their opponents into 10.3 turnovers on a nightly basis and they draw 16.2 fouls. The Wolverines defense is allowing a FG percentage of 37.7% (375 of 996) and they relinquish 30.9 rebounds per game as a unit. They rank 36th in D-1 in giving up assists with 163 conceded this year. They concede 32.0% on shots from downtown while they are 51st in the country in opponents PPG (64.9).
The Michigan Wolverines faced the Rutgers Scarlet Knights and went home with a win by a final score of 71-64 in their last game. Michigan finished with a 46.2% FG percentage (24 of 52) and converted 6 out of their 15 shots from downtown. At the free throw line, the Wolverines buried 17 of 23 attempts for a percentage of 73.9%. In the matter of rebounding, they compiled 35 with 5 of them being offensive. They also dished out 12 dimes for the game while having 2 steals and 4 blocks. With regard to defense, Michigan allowed the other team to go 46.2% from the floor on 24 of 52 shooting. Rutgers distributed 8 assists and had 4 steals in the matchup. In addition, the Scarlet Knights collected 26 rebounds (7 offensive, 19 defensive) and earned 4 blocks. Rutgers finished the contest at 61.1% at the charity stripe by converting 11 of their 18 attempts. They also converted 3 of their 12 attempts from beyond the perimeter.
Franz Wagner is someone who was a major contributor for the contest. He notched 20 points on 6 of 9 shooting. He played for 35 minutes and also snagged 7 rebounds. Wagner finished the contest at 66.7% from the floor and also recorded 3 assists. One more player that was a determining factor in this contest for the Wolverines was Mike Smith. He grabbed 2 rebounds and totaled 2 assists. He ended up shooting 57.1% from the field for this contest by hitting 4-of-7 (12 points). Overall, Smith was on the hardwood for 34 min.
Ohio State has a mark of 18-4 for the campaign. As an offense, the Buckeyes are connecting on 46.1% from the floor, which has them ranked 80th in the country. Ohio State has scored 1,719 points for the year (78.1 per contest) and they snag 37.0 boards per contest. Their rate of assisting teammates is at 13.0 times per game (190th in the country) and they turn it over 10.4 times per game. The Buckeyes are committing 18.0 fouls every game while shooting 77.4% from the charity stripe. The Buckeyes defensively are ranked 129th in D-1 in PPG allowed with 68.6. They are able to force 10.7 turnovers on a nightly basis and allow teams to shoot 41.5% from the floor (94th in D-1). The Ohio State defense surrenders 33.7% on shots from distance (166 of 493) and opponents are connecting on 70.3% of their foul shots. They have relinquished 12.7 dimes and 32.7 boards every game, which has them ranked 153rd and 80th in the nation.
When they last played, the Ohio State Buckeyes walked away with a victory by a final of 92-82 against the Penn State Nittany Lions. The Buckeyes were able to corral 24 defensive rebounds and 8 offensive rebounds totaling 32 in the game. They also blocked 5 attempts while recording 3 steals in this contest. The Nittany Lions had 20 personal fouls in the matchup which got the Buckeyes to the charity stripe for 26 attempts. They were able to knock down 21 of the free throws for a clip of 80.8%. Concerning shots from downtown, Ohio State made 11 out of their 20 tries (55.0%). When the final whistle blew, the Buckeyes went 30 for 53 from the floor which gave them a percentage of 56.6%. The Buckeyes permitted the Nittany Lions to make 27 of 60 tries from the field which left them with a shooting percentage of 45.0% in the matchup. They finished shooting 42.9% from three-point range by connecting on 12 out of 28 and ended up going 16 out of 21 from the free throw line (76.2%). When it comes to attacking the glass, Ohio State permitted Penn State to snag 25 in total (8 on the offensive glass).
E.J. Liddell was important for the Buckeyes in this matchup. He converted 8 out of 12 in the game for a field goal percentage of 66.7%, which had him finishing with 23 points. Liddell grabbed 5 boards in his 28 mins and had 2 assists in the matchup. An additional guy that ended up playing a role for Ohio State was Duane Washington. He ended up walking away with 21 points in 29 minutes played via 6 out of 9 shooting for the contest. Washington ended the game having shot 66.7% from the field and also contributing 2 dimes and 3 rebounds.
Who will win tonight's college basketball game against the spread?
Tony Sink's Pick: Take Michigan (+1)
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