Monday, February 4, 2013
Ohio State at Michigan Breakdown & Prediction
No. 10 Ohio State at No. 3 Michigan
Venue: Crisler Center
Records: Ohio State 17-4, 7-2 Big Ten; Michigan 20-2, 7-2
Ohio State stat leaders: Points – Deshaun Thomas (20.0 ppg); Rebounds – Thomas (6.2 rpg); Assists – Aaron Craft (4.7 apg); Steals – Craft (1.9 spg).
Michigan stat leaders: Points – Trey Burke (18.2 ppg); Rebounds – Mitch McGary (6.0 rpg); Assists – Burke (7.2 apg); Steals – Burke (1.4 spg).
Current Streaks: Ohio State W4, Michigan L1
Point Spread: Michigan -8
Prediction: Ohio State has a number of things working against it for this game. First, the Buckeyes already beat the Wolverines and Michigan will be eager to avenge the loss. Second, Michigan is coming off a loss at Indiana and will be motivated to put on an impressive response at home. Third, it’s Michigan-Ohio State at Crisler. The Buckeyes have a strong defense and gave the Wolverines plenty of problems in the first meeting, but Michigan is a much different team at home. Even if Aaron Craft is able to make things difficult for Trey Burke, I expect Nik Stauskas and Glenn Robinson III to step up after really struggling in Bloomington on Saturday. This game should be competitive for most of the way, but I think Michigan will pull away late and get back on track. Michigan 66, Ohio State 57