Against the Spread Pick
Isaiah Livers (groin) is questionable as his Michigan Wolverines prepare to host the Ohio State Buckeyes in a battle of disappointing Big Ten teams. Livers would obviously help, but the Wolverines should be able to get the job done regardless. They have won two in a row and are coming off a solid 69-63 win over 25th-ranked Rutgers. Ohio State has also won two straight, but its recent road victory came at the expense of lowly Northwestern (1-10 in the conference) and it had been 0-4 in its previous four road contests. The Buckeyes are 2-7 ATS in their last nine overall and 1-6 ATS in their last seven against opponents with winning records. Michigan is 19-8-1 ATS in its last 28 at home and 10-4-1 ATS in its last 15 at home against opponents with losing road records. It is also worth noting that the home team is 7-1 ATS in the last eight head-to-head matchups and the favorite is 4-1 ATS in the last five. Take the WOLVERINES.
Over Under Pick
Ohio State is dealing with the absence of third-leading scorer D.J. Carton (10.4 ppg), who has left the team due to mental-health reasons. Nobody on the team is averaging more than 13.9 ppg. The under is 7-2 in the Buckeyes’ last nine overall and 5-1 in their last six against opponents with winning percentages over .600. It is also 5-1 in the Wolverines’ last six at home and 5-2 in their last seven against opponents with winning records. Go with the UNDER.