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How and what to watch for No. 3 Michigan vs. No. 4 Ohio State

It’s the biggest game in the Big Ten so far this season.

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NCAA Basketball: Rutgers at Michigan
Michigan Wolverines guard Franz Wagner dribbles defended by Rutgers Scarlet Knights guard Paul Mulcahy in the first half at Crisler Center.
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Two ancient rivals could be battling for just one spot as a top seed in the NCAA Tournament as No. 3 Michigan takes on No. 4 Ohio State on Sunday in the Schottenstein Center in Columbus, Ohio.

Michigan (15-1, 10-1 Big Ten) have been perfect outside a loss to Minnesota on the road on January 16th. The Wolverines under Juwan Howard are a threat for the Final Four, with the inside-outside combo of freshman Hunter Dickinson (14.6 points, 7.8 rebounds per game) and senior point guard Isaiah Livers (14.5 ppg, 6.1 rpg). They have the seventh-best adjusted offense and defense in college basketball according to KenPom.com.

Ohio State (18-4, 12-4 Big Ten) have won seven straight, and are without a loss since falling to Purdue 67-65 on January 19th. The Buckeyes point guard is junior Duane Washington, who scores 14.9 points per game with nearly three rebounds and assists as well. Sophomore EJ Liddell (15.5 points, 6.6 rebounds per game) is one of the better players in a strong Big Ten, but will be overshadowed by Luka Garza and Ayo Dosumnu in the conference player of the year race. OSU scores as efficiently as any team in college basketball and are third in adjusted efficiency, but can struggle to defend with only the 62nd-best defense.

Game Time/TV Channel/Streaming

You can watch Michigan vs. Ohio State on Sunday, February 21st at 1:00 p.m. ET on CBS, or you can watch via the CBS Sports app or CBS All-Access with a cable or streaming service login. If you don’t have a cable login, you can get a free trial from YouTube TV, Hulu with Live TV, AT&T TV Now, FuboTV, or Sling TV to stream it.

Point Spread, Totals, Odds, Trends

Point spread: Michigan -1.5
Point Total: 144.5
Money line: Michigan -124, Ohio State +104

  • Michigan is 12-4 this season against the spread, and total has been under in 6 of their last 7 games.
  • Ohio State is 14-7-1 ATS, and the over has been 8-3 in their last 11.

Betting Splits (Updated 12:00 p.m.)

Michigan: 61% of action, 60% of bets
Ohio State: 39% of action, 40% of bets

The Best Bet

The Wolverines have shown no mercy outside of one unusual loss at Minnesota this season. Look for a big day out of Hunter Dickinson, who Ohio State will struggle with in the post.

Pick: Michigan -1.5

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