Big Ten Tournament - NCAA hoops odds preview - Michigan State vs. Ohio State
Michigan State Spartans vs Ohio State Buckeyes Odds
The Ohio State Buckeyes will try to pay off for their supporters on Saturday when they play host to the Michigan State Spartans at United Center in NCAA basketball action.
It's a game in the Big Ten Tournament, which will decide the conference title, not to mention deciding which teams make the Field of 68. This matchup is a neutral-site affair being played at United Center.
The Spartans will look to vanquish their hosts on Saturday, as they are 13-15-1 ATS versus the spread this season, while the Buckeyes are 17-12 ATS. Michigan State is 13-15 against the total, while Ohio State is 11-16-1 versus the number.
Power Rankings / Prediction:
It's a betting matchup between the No. 18-rated Buckeyes and the No. 8-ranked Spartans, according to the latest pro hoops power rankings here at Odds Shark. Prediction formulas run on this game indicate a possible 76-73 result in favor of the Buckeyes.
How They Match Up:
When it comes to rebounds, the visiting Spartans rank No. 55 in NCAA Division 1 with 37.3 per game. That compares with Ohio State’s No. 130 ranking in that category. The story is different when it comes to three-point shooting where Ohio State is college basketball's No. 159-ranked team at 6.2 per game, while the Spartans rate No. 299 with 4.9 per game.
Defensively, Michigan State features the nation's No. 54-rated defense on the road, allowing 64.2 points per game. Ohio State, meanwhile, comes in at No. 94 nationally in scoring at home.
Michigan State was a 59-56 winner in its last match at home against Iowa. They failed to cover the 6-point spread as favorites. Michigan State got 18 points from Adreian Payne en route to a 59-56 victory over Iowa on Friday at United Center.
Last time out for Ohio State, they were a 71-50 winner as they battled Nebraska at home. They covered in the match as a 14.5-point favorite. The battle between the Buckeyes and Cornhuskers didn’t turn out to be much of a battle at all as Nebraska was handed a 71-50 defeat on Friday at United Center.