NCAA hoops odds preview - Michigan State vs. Ohio State
Michigan State Spartans vs Ohio State Buckeyes Odds
Ohio State will look to improve on its 19-7 record on Sunday when they host Michigan State in NCAA basketball odds action at Value City Arena.
The Buckeyes are 19-7 so far on the season, and 13-11 ATS vs. the number. The Spartans, meanwhile, are 22-5 and 11-12-1 ATS. OVER/UNDER bettors have seen Ohio State go 10-12-1 and the Spartans go 12-11 on the totals.
Bettors looking to side with Ohio State in this one found them as 4.5-point favorites earlier in the day. Watch for line moves and updates at Bovada before gametime.
Power Rankings / Prediction:
According to new college basketball power rankings here, it's the No. 22-ranked Buckeyes and the No. 11-rated Spartans in this matchup. Computer formulas aimed at predicting NCAAB scores point to a 77-75 win for the Buckeyes on Sunday.
How They Match Up:
Rating these schools in several key categories is important for handicappers and Ohio State has the nation's No. 97-rated offensive output, at 70.7 PPG. The visiting Spartans defense ranks No. 31 allowing on average 59.6 PPG. The Buckeyes FG% has averaged 45.4% so far, less than the Spartans marksmen have achieved on the year, 46.8% per game.
Defensively, Michigan State features the nation's No. 60-rated defense on the road, allowing 64.4 points per game. Ohio State, meanwhile, comes in at No. 91 nationally in scoring at home.
In their last action, Michigan State was a 72-68 loser at home against Indiana. They failed to cover the 1-point spread as favorites. The Spartans endured a 72-68 loss at the hands of the Hoosiers on Tuesday, despite a 19-point effort from Gary Harris at Breslin Center.
Last time out for Ohio State, they were a 71-45 winner as they battled Minnesota at home. They covered in the match as a 6-point favorite. The battle between the Buckeyes and Golden Gophers didn’t turn out to be much of a battle at all as Minnesota was handed a 71-45 defeat on Wednesday at Value City Arena.
Michigan State Spartans Trends:
When playing on Sunday are 10-0
Before playing Michigan are 7-3
After playing Indiana are 6-4
After a loss are 8-2
Ohio State Buckeyes Trends:
When playing on Sunday are 9-1
Before playing Northwestern are 6-4
After playing Minnesota are 6-4
After a win are 5-5
A few Spartans at Buckeyes trends to consider:
Michigan State is 5-1 SU in its last 6 games on the road
The total has gone OVER in 4 of Michigan State's last 5 games on the road
Michigan State is 4-1-1 ATS in its last 6 games on the road
Michigan State is 6-3 SU in its last 9 games when playing on the road against Ohio State
Ohio State is 19-2 SU in its last 21 games at home
The total has gone OVER in 4 of Ohio State's last 5 games
The total has gone UNDER in 4 of Ohio State's last 5 games when playing Michigan State
The total has gone UNDER in 6 of Ohio State's last 8 games at home
Michigan State at Michigan, Sunday, March 3
Ohio State at Northwestern, Thursday, February 28