Ohio State Buckeyes vs Michigan Wolverines Prediction, 3/13/2021 College Basketball Pick, Tips and Odds
Game: Ohio State Buckeyes vs Michigan Wolverines
Date: Saturday, March 13, 2021
Location: Lucas Oil Stadium in Indianapolis, IN
Odds/Point Spread: Ohio State (+6)
Lucas Oil Stadium is the venue where and the Michigan Wolverines (20-3) will play the Ohio State Buckeyes (20-8) on Saturday. The spread on this contest has Michigan as 6-point favorites. The total has been set at 146.5.
Ohio State enters this game with a record of 20-8 for the year. The Buckeyes are shooting 36.0% on shots from distance (227 of 630) and 76.9% from the charity stripe. They average 77.3 points per contest (49th in the nation) on 46.1% from the field. They cough up possession 10.6 times per game and as a squad are committing 18.2 personal fouls every game. As a unit, Ohio State is collecting 36.1 boards per contest and has accounted for 367 assists for the campaign, which has them ranked 72nd in Division 1 in terms of passing. On defense, the Buckeyes have forced 10.5 turnovers on a nightly basis while drawing 19.0 fouls. They are giving up 33.9% on shots from distance and they rank 187th in the country in opponents points per game (70.4). The Buckeyes defensively are giving up a FG percentage of 42.5% (693 of 1,630) and they surrender 33.3 boards per game as a squad. They are 317th in the nation in allowing assists to the opposition with 382 surrendered for the season.
The Ohio State Buckeyes stepped onto the hardwood against the Purdue Boilermakers and earned the victory with a final of 87-78 in their last game. Ohio State walked away from the contest having earned a 45.5% field goal percentage (30 out of 66) and made 11 of their 31 shots from beyond the perimeter. When they shot from the charity stripe, the Buckeyes made 16 of 18 tries for a rate of 88.9%. When it comes to rebounding, they collected 37 with 10 of them being of the offensive variety. They also doled out 19 assists for the game as well as forcing the other team into 9 turnovers and getting 6 steals. With regard to defending, Ohio State let their opponent shoot 43.5% from the floor on 27 out of 62 shooting. Purdue distributed 16 dimes and had 4 steals for the contest. Furthurmore, Purdue collected 31 rebounds (13 offensive, 18 defensive) and got 7 blocks. Purdue finished shooting 55.6% at the free throw line by converting 15 of their 27 attempts. They made 9 of 26 shots from distance.
Duane Washington is a player who was a major factor in the matchup. He ended up walking away with 20 points on 7 of 17 shooting. He was on the court for 40 mins and also pulled down 5 rebounds. Washington ended up going 41.2% from the field and also earned 3 assists. Another guy that was a contributor in this contest for the Buckeyes was Kyle Young. He grabbed 4 rebounds in his 19 minutes played. He walked away from this one shooting 70.0% from the field for the matchup by going 7-of-10 (18 points). Overall, Young had 1 assist.
Michigan has a record of 20-3 for the season. In terms of offensive execution, the Wolverines are shooting 48.9% from the field, which ranks 28th in college basketball. Michigan has scored 1,763 points on the campaign (76.7 per game) and they collect 37.5 boards per game. They are dishing out assists 15.5 times per contest (48th in college basketball) and they are giving up possession 11.5 times per game. The Wolverines are committing 14.7 fouls every game and they shoot 76.9% from the free throw line. The Wolverines defensively are ranked 52nd in D-1 in PPG given up with 65.3. They are forcing 10.3 TO's every game and have allowed teams to shoot 39.3% from the field (12th in the nation). The Michigan defense allows 32.5% on shots from beyond the arc (147 of 453) and their opponents are converting on 75.7% of their free throw shots. They have allowed 10.0 assists and 31.0 boards every game, which ranks them 18th and 28th in the nation.
In their last game, the Michigan Wolverines took home the win by a final score of 79-66 when they played the Maryland Terrapins. The Wolverines snagged 22 defensive boards and 9 offensive rebounds totaling 31 for the game. They also turned it over 6 times, while earning 6 steals for the contest. The Terrapins committed 10 personal fouls in the game which got the Wolverines to the charity stripe for 7 attempts. They were able to make 7 of the free throw attempts for a percentage of 100.0%. In terms of shooting from downtown, Michigan knocked down 10 of their 22 attempts (45.5%). When this game wrapped up, the Wolverines went 31 for 60 from the field which gave them a percentage of 51.7%. The Wolverines allowed the Terrapins to bury 26 out of 54 attempts from the floor which gave them a shooting percentage of 48.1% in this contest. They went 30.8% from behind the 3-point line by going 8 out of 26 and ended up going 6 of 8 at the charity stripe (75.0%). With respect to attacking the glass, Michigan allowed Maryland to collect 22 in total (4 offensive).
Mike Smith ended up having an impact for the Wolverines for the game. He converted 6 of 14 for the contest giving him a field goal percentage of 42.9%, and earned 5 rebounds. Smith had 18 points in his 37 minutes on the hardwood and had 15 dimes for this game. An additional guy who came through for Michigan was Franz Wagner. He accumulated 2 assists in 39 mins played, and he put in 7 out of 12 from the floor. Wagner finished going 58.3% from the field while also earning 16 points and 4 boards.
Who will win tonight's college basketball game against the spread?
Tony Sink's Pick: Take Ohio State (+6)
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