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Michigan State Spartans take on Buckeyes in NCAA basketball test

Michigan State SpartansOhio State Buckeyes
23-7March 09, 2014, 04:30 | Value City Arena22-8

Earning a win and covering the posted spread will be the goals for Michigan State when they take on the Ohio State Buckeyes on Sunday in college hoops betting action.

The Spartans will look to vanquish their hosts on Sunday, as they are 16-12-1 ATS versus the spread this season, while the Buckeyes are 15-14 ATS. Michigan State is 15-14 against the total, while Ohio State is 12-17 versus the number.

View Michigan State Spartans vs Ohio State Buckeyes Odds and Stats.

On the opening NCAA basketball line for this matchup, Ohio State sat as -3-point favorites over at 5Dimes. Also, check out the current total, which often goes up first at online sportsbook BetOnline.

The power rankings show a disparity between these teams, with the Buckeyes rated this week at No. 60 and the Spartans sitting at No. 74.

Michigan State was an 86-76 winner in its last match at home against Iowa. They covered the 4.5-point spread as favorites. Michigan State earned an 86-76 victory over Iowa on Thursday, getting 17 points from Travis Trice at Breslin Center.

Ohio State was a 72-64 loser in its last match on the road against Indiana. They failed to cover the 3.5-point spread as favorites. LaQuinton Ross scored 19 points in a futile effort to lead the Buckeyes to a win (they lost 72-64 to Indiana at Branch McCracken Court at Assembly Hall on Sunday).

How They Match Up:
In the paint, the rebound battle will feature Ohio State's No. 182-rated squad against Michigan State's No. 46-rated roster. And in long-range shooting, Ohio State rates No. 134 in the country with 6.03 per game, while their foes tonight rank No. 17 nationally with 8.23 per match.

A few Spartans at Buckeyes trends to consider:
Michigan State is 14-7 ATS in its last 21 games
Michigan State is 16-6 SU in its last 22 games
The total has gone OVER in 4 of Michigan State's last 6 games
Michigan State is 8-2 ATS in its last 10 games on the road
Ohio State is 6-3 ATS in its last 9 games
Ohio State is 17-8 SU in its last 25 games
Ohio State is 16-3 SU in its last 19 games at home
Ohio State is 4-2 ATS in its last 6 games when playing Michigan State