#15 Michigan vs. #22 Ohio State

The best game of Tuesday night has the #15 ranked Michigan Wolverines traveling to Columbus to face their bitter rival and the #22 ranked Ohio State Buckeyes.

 

Michigan @ Ohio State Preview

ohio state vs michiganThe 17-6 Wolverines are coming off a 85-67 loss to the Iowa Hawkeyes. The 19-5 Buckeyes are coming off a 67-49 win over the Purdue Boilermakers.

The Wolverines are lead by sophomores Nik Stauskas and Glenn Robinson III. Stauskas is averaging 17 points, 3.5 rebounds and 3.7 assists per game. Robinson III is averaging 13.1 points, 4.3 rebounds, 1.2 assists and 1 steal per game.

The Buckeyes are lead by senior Aaron Craft and junior LaQuinton Ross. Craft is averaging 9.3 points, 3.4 rebounds, 4.8 assists and 2.6 steals per game. Ross is averaging 14.2 points and 5.5 rebounds per game.

 

Game Time: 9:00 p.m. ET on ESPN

 

Key Injuries

For Michigan:

Mitch McGary out (back).

For Ohio State:

Nobody currently injured.

 

How Michigan Wins

Michigan will win the game if they find a way to score on Ohio State’s defense. Ohio State has one of the best defenses in the country as they rank 8th in opponent scoring. The Buckeyes only allow an average of 58.9 points per game. If Michigan wants a better chance at winning they will need to find a way to score. Michigan will also need to rebound the ball better as they rank 269th in the nation is rebounding. The Wolverines only average 32.7 per game.

 

How Ohio State Wins

The Buckeyes will win the game if they keep forcing turnovers. The Buckeyes opponents average 14.7 turnovers per game but Michigan only commits turnovers about 9.9 times per game and that ranks 9th in the country. Ohio State also need to make Michigan shoot 3 pointers. The Buckeyes have the best 3 point defenses in the country as their opponents only shoot 26.3% from the 3 point line.

 

My Prediction

Michigan want to go out and score a lot of points. They are one of the best shooting teams in the country as they shoot about 48.4% as a team. The Buckeyes want to make this a tough, gritty defensive battle. Whichever team plays their style of basketball will have the best chance in winning the game.

I think that with the home court advantage the Buckeyes play to the style and make this a defensive grudge match. The Buckeyes will force the Wolverines to commit a lot of turnovers and that will help the Buckeyes win the game.

Final Score

Ohio State: 67
Michigan: 61

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