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Ohio State vs. Michigan odds, line: 2024 college basketball picks, Jan. 15 predictions by proven model

Teams looking to get back on track face off in an MLK Day matchup when the Ohio State Buckeyes battle the Michigan Wolverines in a key Big Ten Conference matchup on Monday. The Buckeyes (12-4, 2-3 Big Ten), who have lost two in a row, are coming off a 71-60 loss to No. 15 Wisconsin on Wednesday. The Wolverines (6-10, 1-4 Big Ten), who have dropped five in a row, lost 64-57 at Maryland on Thursday. Michigan defeated Ohio State in the only meeting last season, 77-69, at Ann Arbor, Mich.

Tipoff from the Crisler Center is set for noon ET. Ohio State leads the all-time series 107-82, but Michigan holds a 50-40 edge in games in Ann Arbor. The Buckeyes are 1-point favorites in the latest Ohio State vs. Michigan odds from SportsLine consensus, while the over/under for total points scored is 147. Before making any Michigan vs. Ohio State picks, be sure to see the college basketball predictions from SportsLine’s proven model.

The model simulates every Division I college basketball game 10,000 times. It enters Week 10 of the 2023-24 season on a 105-69 roll on all top-rated college basketball picks dating back to last season, returning more than $2,000 for $100 players. It is also off to a fast 12-5 start on top-rated spread picks this season. Anyone following has seen huge returns. 

The model has set its sights on Ohio State vs. Michigan. You can head to SportsLine now to see the picks. Now here are the latest betting trends and lines for Michigan vs. Ohio State:

  • Ohio State vs. Michigan spread: Ohio State -1
  • Ohio State vs. Michigan over/under: 147 points
  • Ohio State vs. Michigan money line: Ohio State -119, Michigan -101
  • OSU: The Buckeyes have hit the team total Under in 10 of their last 16 road games (+3.10 units)
  • MICH: The Wolverines have hit the game total Over in 15 of their last 20 games at home (+9.50 units)
  • Ohio State vs. Michigan picks: See picks at SportsLine

Why Ohio State can cover

Sophomore guard Bruce Thornton helps power the Buckeyes. In 16 games, all starts, he is averaging 16.6 points, 4.4 assists, 2.9 rebounds and 1.3 steals per game. He is connecting on 42.6% of his shots from the floor and 81.2% of his free throws. He has reached double-digit scoring in 14 games, including a season-high 29 points in a 92-81 win over No. 17 Alabama on Nov. 24.

Senior forward Jamison Battle, in his first year with the program after spending the last two seasons at Minnesota, has also started all 16 games for Ohio State. In 31.2 minutes per game, he is averaging 15.2 points, 5.4 rebounds and 1.4 assists. He is connecting on 47.5% of his field goals, including a blistering 46.8% from 3-point range, and 90.9% of his free throws. Battle is coming off an 18-point and eight-rebound effort in the loss to Wisconsin last week. See who to back at SportsLine.

Why Michigan can cover

Sophomore guard Dug McDaniel leads the Wolverines, averaging 17.8 points, 5.1 assists, 4.1 rebounds and one steal per game. He is coming off an 11-point and five-assist performance in a 79-73 loss to Penn State on Jan. 7. He was unable to play at Maryland due to his team suspension. McDaniel has scored 33 points in two games this season, including in a 106-101 double-overtime loss to Florida on Dec. 19.

Also helping Michigan is senior forward Olivier Nkamhoua. He is in his first season with the team after spending four years at Tennessee. In 16 starts for the Wolverines, he is averaging 16.9 points, 7.6 rebounds and 2.6 assists in 33.8 minutes of action. He has registered four double-doubles, including a 24-point, 11-rebound effort in the loss to Florida. See who to back at SportsLine.

How to make Ohio State vs. Michigan picks

The model has simulated this matchup 10,000 times and the results are in. The model is leaning Over the total, and it also says one side of the spread hits in over 50% of simulations. You can only see the picks at SportsLine.

So who wins Michigan vs. Ohio State, and which side of the spread hits over 50% of the time? Visit SportsLine now to find out which side of the spread you need to jump on, all from the model that is on a 105-69 roll on its top-ranked college basketball picks, and find out.

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