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Ohio State has not been getting a lot of national love this season, but the Buckeyes are right up there with ranked Indiana, Iowa, Maryland and Michigan State in the Big Ten. A big win over Michigan State Tuesday will almost certainly thrust Ohio State into the spotlight and, at least, give them a signature victory to clinch an at-large bid into March Madness. History will be on the Buckeyes side in this one, as the home team is 8-0 SU and 6-2 ATS in the last eight meetings between the two teams.

Shark Bites
  • Michigan State is 3-0 ATS in their past three games against Ohio State.
  • Ohio State is 8-2 SU and ATS in their past 10 games coming off two days rest.
  • Michigan State is 5-1 SU and 6-0 ATS in their past six vs teams with a winning record.

Ohio State has struggled mightily against ranked teams this season however, going just 1-4 SU while averaging 64.4 points per game in that spot. That will need to change as they end their season playing Michigan State twice and Iowa once. The Buckeyes enter Tuesday on a four-game winning streak with their defense holding opponents to just 65 ppg in that span.

Michigan State is coming into this game with the hopes that a strong finish to the regular season schedule could minimize the number of games they will need to play within the final week leading into March Madness. That could easily happen with Denzel Valentine playing at a ridiculously high level recently, with the senior averaging 22.9 points, 8.0 rebounds and 7.7 assists in his past seven outings. 

Opening Odds & Computer Pick

College basketball betting odds makers at BetOnline opened the Ohio State Buckeyes as 7-point underdogs in this matchup. Check for the latest spread and over/under total line at sportsbooks such as Bovada.

Michigan State Spartans vs Ohio State Buckeyes Matchup

Team Betting Records & Power Rankings

The Ohio State Buckeyes currently sport a 18-10 record overall in NCAA basketball action, and have posted a corresponding betting slate of 15-13 ATS. The Michigan State Spartans are 22-5 and 17-9 ATS. Betting totals have seen the Ohio State Buckeyes produce a 13-15 OVER/UNDER record on the season, while the Michigan State Spartans have gone 12-14 against the totals betting line.

According to new college basketball power rankings here at Odds Shark, it's the No. 188-ranked Ohio State Buckeyes and the No. 7-rated Michigan State Spartans in this matchup.

Statistical Matchup

The game also pits Ohio State's No. 181-ranked offense, averaging 70.89 PPG, against a Spartans defense that ranks No. 13 at 63.59 PPG. The Buckeyes field goal percentage has averaged 44.53% so far, less than the Spartans marksmen have achieved on the year, 48.16% per game.

Recent Outings Betting Recap

Denzel Valentine scored 24 points and added 10 assists for a double-double, leading Michigan State over Wisconsin, 69-57, on Thursday at Breslin Center.

Ohio State earned a 65-62 victory over Nebraska on Saturday, getting 19 points from JaQuan Lyle at Pinnacle Bank Arena.

Betting Trends
  • Michigan State is 5-0 ATS in its last 5 games
  • Michigan State is 6-1 SU in its last 7 games
  • The total has gone OVER in 4 of Michigan State's last 5 games
  • Michigan State is 4-1 ATS in its last 5 games on the road
  • Ohio State is 6-3 ATS in its last 9 games
  • Ohio State is 4-1 SU in its last 5 games
  • The total has gone OVER in 4 of Ohio State's last 5 games
  • Ohio State is 4-1 ATS in its last 5 games at home

Next Betting Matchups

Michigan State home to Penn State, Sunday, February 28th
Ohio State at Iowa, Sunday, February 28th