Ohio State vs Michigan Odds, Picks and Predictions for Big Ten Tournament March 13

Updated: March 12, 2021

Michigan is ready to keep rolling in the Big Ten Tournament, sitting second in the conference with 48.8 percent shooting while holding opponents to a conference-best 39 percent from the field.

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The Ohio State Buckeyes and the Michigan Wolverines add another chapter to their heated rivalry on Saturday as they face off in the semifinals of the Big Ten Conference Tournament. 

Michigan entered the tourney as the No. 1 seed and college basketball betting lines opened with the Wolverines as 6-point favorites for this contest, which will take place at Lucas Oil Stadium in Indianapolis.

Here are our best free Ohio State vs. Michigan picks and predictions for Saturday, March 13, with tipoff at 1 p.m. ET.

Ohio State vs Michigan odds

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The line opened at Michigan -6, with the total at 146.5. Check back later for a full report from Patrick!

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Ohio State: Jimmy Sotos G (Out).
Michigan: None.

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Betting trend to know

The Wolverines are 11-3 to the Under in their last 14 games. Find more NCAA betting trends for Ohio State vs. Michigan.

Against the spread (ATS) pick

The Wolverines are coming off a 79-66 win over Maryland on Friday afternoon. Michigan trailed by 12 points with five minutes left in the opening half but went on a 16-2 run to take a lead into the break. Then the Wolverines pulled away in the second half, with the highlight being head coach Juwan Howard’s ejection after a confrontation with his Maryland counterpart Mark Turgeon. 

Ohio State had a roller-coaster game of its own against Purdue. The Buckeyes had a 49-31 lead but saw that evaporate in the second half after going scoreless for eight minutes. The Boilermakers ended up sending the game into overtime where the Buckeyes shooters woke up from their nap and took control to finally win 87-78. 

While neither squad played a complete game on Thursday, the Wolverines never hit a scoring drought quite as bad as the Buckeyes and their defensive play was more consistent as well. That’s a pretty good description for the entire season for both teams because, as good as the Buckeyes are, the Wolverines have been better on both ends of the floor.

Ohio State shoots a solid 46.2 percent from the field while holding foes to a 42.5 field goal percentage. But the Wolverines are second in the Big Ten (14th in the country) with a field goal percentage of 48.8 while holding opponents to a conference-best 39 percent shooting from the field.  

These teams met up less than three weeks ago in Columbus with the Wolverines winning 92-87. That was the start of a mini-slump for Ohio State, who proceeded to lose their next three games.

The Buckeyes are now 2-4 SU and 1-5 ATS in their last six contests and will be facing a deadly Wolverines squad that is 20-3 SU and 17-6 ATS this season. Expect the Wolverines’ consistency to get them the win and cover once again. 

PREDICTION: Michigan -6 (-110)

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Over/Under Pick

These teams combined for a whopping 179 points when they met up last month, but we don’t see another shootout happening on Saturday. 

The Wolverines are extremely efficient on the offensive end of the floor but they average a modest 73.6 points per game in conference play. A big reason for that is the methodical pace they play at, ranking 250th in the country in adjusted tempo according to KenPom. 

That slow and steady pace does lead to some terrific numbers on defense, with the Wolverines holding foes to a conference-best 64 ppg in Big Ten play. 

The Buckeyes are very good on offense thanks to forward E.J. Liddell and guard Duane Washington Jr., who both average over 15 ppg. But they’re also tough on defense and prefer to play at a slower pace. With Michigan 11-3 to the Under in its last 14 games, back the Under again. 

PREDICTION: Under 146.5 (-110)

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  • Michigan -6 (-110)
  • Under 146.5 (-110)

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